Entry for October 2019's Guitar Of The Month is now open!
skibum5545 The scale + no frets has proved ...um....challenging. I have become much more accustomed to playing it over the last couple of weeks, but man has it been an interesting experience. Strangely I have foundit to be the lightest bass I own which has really surprised me. I figured it would be massive, but it's quite comfortable. darkmavis I am not familiar with Seppard. The bass is 1.25" thick. This is actually thicker than I orignially wanted, but going much thiner would have required a few more steps of planning. I played on a 3/4" thick bass at the local high end bass shop. It was made by a local luthier whose name excapes me. I was really surprised at this instrument. The thin body was so strange, but nice and light. I dont care for instruments that weight a ton (Warwick). BTW, if i could paint like you, I would definitely do it for a living. That finish is awe inspiring. -Wayne
I guess I "might as well" enter. ( - for jehle) I built the following bass over the course of the last 3 months. I have built a few necks and a few bodies in the past, but this is actually my first atempt at going the whole 9 yards in one fell swoop. I always wanted a fretless bass, but I cannot even come near to affording a Carl Thompson or a Benavente. So, I gave it my best shot. I could not be happier with the results. The bass is a 38" scale single cut/jazz bass. Project pics of its construction can be found at http://projectguitar.ibforums.com/index.php?showtopic=6728 The body is one pice of Spalted Curly Maple. The headstock facing and truss rod cover were also taken from this spalted blank. The neck is 5 pieces of Mahogany/Maple The headstock has wings of Padauk on each side. The fingerboard is made of Tulipwood with Hard Maple binding and Hard Maple inlay for the fret markers. The control knobs are also tulipwood. The side dots are Walnut. The nut is Hard Maple. The jack seen in the pictures will be replaced with a tuplipwood "nut" on the face of the instrument once I can get into the shop again (a few weeks). The instrument is finished with Waterlox high-gloss Original varnish. This is a tung oil /spar varnish mix that is commercially available. 6 coats of this were applied, sanding between each coat. The finish was then buffed back with 000 and 0000 steel wool. This removed the high gloss finish and gave a nice natural shine. 2 coats of paste wax were then applied after a few days rest. This is a wonderful finish to touch. The tuners are Sperzel locking tuners in black/gold. The bridge is a Kahler adjustable unit also in black/gold. It is completely adjustable in all 3 dimensions (L/R, Up/Down, Forward/Back) Since Kahler does not mix/match colors, I ordered a gold tail and had the baseplate powder coated black by a local shop. The strap buttons are the recessed (flush mount) dunlop strap lok variety in gold. The pickup is a custom wound Ken Armstrong. The weight is 8 lbs 3 oz. Very light for an instrument this size. Again additional images (and larger images) can be seen in http://projectguitar.ibforums.com/index.php?showtopic=6728 or http://projectguitar.ibforums.com/index.php?showtopic=7876