Xtrm basses 343

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    saved SS.org Regular

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    Hi,i have started over a year ago to build some long scale basses for me,but also for sale.
    The project called 343.The scale length is 40.443" and is 3 frets bigger than the 34" basses (if you capo this bass at 3rd fret,then you have a 34" scale bass)
    The sad thing is i cant complete them these days because i have send my tools for service,and the servise shop is closed because the coronavirus.
    I hope they will be ready at the end of the summer.
    I wannted to announce that when they be ready,but,you know..hard times..need something to talk about and discuss to help the time pass..
    Some of the specs are:
    3ply maple neck with 2 carbon stripes reinforcement,bubinga fretboard,white limba body,satin finnish,humbucker picups

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    ixlramp SS.org Regular

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    Hi. Good to see these. Hints of a tribute to the Kalium Quake.

    I like the choice of scale that keeps most of the fret positions identical to a 34" scale.
    The Kalium Quake at 39.55" was apparently chosen as 35" + 2 frets, but the maths does not match. Skip then told me that he probably added 2 frets to 35" + intonation offset, which makes no sense of course as the longer scale will have its own intonation offset, but anyway it does not matter =)

    These would make good tapping instruments, as they compensate for the loss of scale due to using a string damper, and for how fret 2 is the lowest tappable fret. These would result in a lowest tappable fret with scale 36".
    As i often write, an ultra-long scale is ideal for tapping instruments, for many reasons. I have been waiting for luthiers to realise the potential, but so far no one has, the Stick is 36" scale which is good, but is not much of a scale increase.
     
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    First of all,i think its better to make this clear.
    I am not copy any instrument.Yes,the body looks like the quake bass,but is very easy to understand,that,this bass is not a kalium quake.
    The fretboard is different color,the neck joint is different and the headstok shape is different also.
    I am not going to have any competition with kalium basses,nor trying to steal they customers.
    Also you can't compare quake and "343" because the "343" is budget bass.I am going for 620-650€ price.The woods are high quality but the hardware will be cheap because i am aiming for the people they dont want to spend 2000$ for a 40" scale bass.
    If a guy buy a "343" and like the feeling and the scale etc,then he can replace the hardware with better quality and have a very good instrument.
    But as i said,is a budget handcrafted bass so,its not CNC and if you gonna try to find errors in the build,you will find.I can build a 100% perfect instrument,by spending 3-4 months to build it,but then it will cost more than 650€.
    I its price is fair enough for what are you geting.
    I am already talking with a template and jig building company,to build me some templates and jigs exactly for this bass,so the future buildings will be top notch.The 3 basses i am building right now are prototype and only the one will be available for sale with a lower price because its prototype.
    The bad news are,due the situation we are now because the corona virus,dont allow me to finish them.
    I hope this not gonna last long more and finish them before summer and record some clips/videos and upload them.

    BTW i am planing to design some 21" and 18" cabinets in the future.Stay tuned.
     
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    I have ready 2 basses.
    One 5string in standard tuning and one 4string tuned one octave lower.
    They are not for sale,i want them as show instruments.
    I am building a 4string lined fretless for a guy in Thessaloniki,it will be ready in a few months.
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    I missed this thread the first time around.

    Interesting how few responses you got with as much interest there is in tuning way the heck down. I'd love to hear a clip of both of these. I love that you kept the 5 string in standard.

    Warm regards.
     
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    In my area we have still lockdown,but when its over i will go in a recording studio with my bass teacher to do some videos with these beasts.
    I keep the 5 in standard because i like to pley with 5s and not 4s and i need it in standard.If i would like to go lower,i have the octave down 4string.But in my opinion there is no reason for my playing style to go lower than 5 in standard.
    I use it with fearful 15/6 but i plan to design 18" and 21" cabs
     

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