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« Τελευταίο μήνυμα από saved στις 17/11/19, 19:11 »
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Jim Huckle Guitars Short Six Fretless

The biggest conundrum was how to do the bridge – I knew it would have to
have the full 19mm string spacing, as I’ve never managed to get on with
the narrower bridges found on a lot of sixers, but I also wanted to
experiment with a piezo pickup, purely for the sake of trying it. If
money had been no object, I’d have bought a set of dedicated piezo
saddles, but that not being the case I decided on the next best thing –
taking the saddles from an existing bridge, and building a wooden base
with a piezo strip inside it. (More on this later…)


I’ve always liked the combo of walnut and padauk, so that with some
maple veneer pinstripes was the obvious choice for the neck, and the
body wings also being walnut dictated that there had to be a similarly
contrasting layer between them and the body. Finally, a bubinga
fretboard seemed an ideal choice in being a very hard wearing wood that
also visually contrasted the walnut well – and for the sake of
continuity, an offcut from the fretboard was used to make the bridge.
In the past I’ve gone for longer scale lengths, but having recently
played a couple of very nice short-scale basses, I decided to take
inspiration there and as a result this has an 800mm scale length, or
just shy of 31.5″. Inlays are made from 6mm aluminium rod for the front,
and white/blue Luminlay for the sides.


The rest of the hardware includes a set of Gotoh tuners, a Kent
Armstrong soapbar pickup in the scale equivalent of the “Stingray”
position, wired up to a series/parallel switch and an Artec 3-band
preamp (they’re cheap, but I find them surprisingly good and reliable),
Schaller strap locks and D’Addario NYXL strings. I’ve also carved a
thumb rest from an offcut from the neck.


The build took me just over a year, as although guitar building has
dominated my spare time for over 15 years, reality unfortunately
requires me to have a full-time job as well… The end result?
Definitely worth the wait! The shorter scale length definitely has me
converted; it’s so easy to play but the bass doesn’t lose anything from
it. The balance is ideal, it’s not too heavy and the soapbar pickup
works beautifully across the whole range of the bass. The piezo…works.
It’s not currently a particularly useful sound, but it’s proved what I
wanted to prove, and with a proper piezo buffer I should be able to make
it sound better!









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« Τελευταίο μήνυμα από saved στις 17/11/19, 19:07 »
Monday, November 11th, 2019 by notreble.com

Bergfels Guitars John-Eric Signature Custom Bass

Specs:
Scale:   30″-31.25″
Body:   Mahogany
Top:   Maple Burl
Neck:   Hard Maple
Fingerboard:   Ziricote
Headstock Cap:   Ziricote
Pickups:   Custom Noiseless P/J
Electronics:   Passive
Tuners:   Schaller M4, Hipshot D-Tuner
Bridge:   Omega





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« Τελευταίο μήνυμα από saved στις 17/11/19, 19:05 »
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Jazz Bass Custom 4 String

    This bass took about 50 hours to build. In real time it took about a year. I am a guitar builder living in Buenos Aires Argentina. I am 54 years old, and worked in the US almost 20yrs in the musical instrument manufacturing sector for Tobias of Burbank, Broadmoore automatic instruments, and I worked at Taylor guitars for 12 years.

    I used jigs for the pickup cavities, and everything else is freehand. I decided to go this rout to avoid having to make jigs every time i wanted to modify a design… So even though I roughly follow a design , every instruments comes out a little different.

    The bass in question has the body made of cypress from the south of Argentina, and grapia (hardwood similar to maple) from the north of the country. The ebony I buy from Taylor.
    Unlike the US, there is no wood processing industry for instrument makers. I have an oven, and in most cases, start with a trunk.
    The tuners are hipshot, the pickups are Fralin. The pickguard is made of copper sheet.

    The bridge is a composite of stainless steel and laminate of wood. I take a lot of care with the bridge so that the sound is balanced and esthetically pleasing. My target is the “jazz bass” sound.
    Finish is a combination of shellac and nitro.





https://youtube.com/watch?v=t6nzAlYkXlI
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Monday, November 4th, 2019 by notreble.com

Frederiek de Vette Vintage-Style Bass

Specs:
Scale:   34″
Construction:   Bolt-On
Body:   Black Limba
Neck:   Quartersawn Hard Maple
Fretboard:   Birdseye Maple
Inlays:   Pearl Block Inlays
Fingerboard Radius:   7.25″
Nut:   Bone
Binding:   White
Frets:   21 (Small Narrow Wire)
Pickups:   Handwound 70s jazz bass
Electronics:   Passive
Tuners:   Hipshot tuners
Bridge:   Generic chrome bridge
Other:   Hand Tooled Leather Pickguard, Matching Wooden Covers and Knobs, Dunlop Flush Straplocks
Weight:   ~8.7 lbs








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« Τελευταίο μήνυμα από saved στις 17/11/19, 18:58 »
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The Criman Tracktor Aqua

Name: Tracktor Aqua

Type Unique Handcrafted Custom Bass

Scale: 34″

Nut: Anti buzz fret

Pickup Seymour Duncan, active system

Frets: Wide/Highest, 18% nickel

WOOD:
Body: Cherry

Fingerboard: Bubinga

Neck: laminated- Maple, wenge, padouk, zebrano

SPECIALS:
Color: Natural wood and transparent resin.Wood inlaid with glow in the dark resin for a great night effect. Handmade glow in the dark control knobs made of resin. Part of the body is made of transparent resin for an amazing water effect.





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Monday, October 28th, 2019 by notreble.com

Jens Ritter Instruments Princess Isabella Concept Bass

Specs:
Construction:   Set Neck
Scale:   32″ (812.8mm)
Body Wood:   Alder
Finish:   White-Carrara Frosted
Neck Wood:   Maple
Nut:   Bone
Fingerboard:   Ebony-Fretless
Pickup:   RMC Piezo
Electronics:   Direct Out & Tone Trimpot
Hardware Color:   Black
Bridge/String Attachment:   BA Tuning System
String Spacing:   Vintage 4 (60mm-30mm)
Tuners:   BA Tuning System
Strap Buttons:   Dunlop Straplocks








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« Τελευταίο μήνυμα από saved στις 17/11/19, 18:52 »
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Sparks TRS 2 – Cherokee

    The basics of the bass are the same as the TRS 1, the body and neck woods the same, same bridge, tuners, electronics and neck pickup. The TRS 1 has a curly maple top cap over the solid body. The TRS 2 has a 1/8” African mahogany (Sapele) cap with amazing quilting, glued to the hollowed out Alder body.

    The prominent differences, aside from the semi hollow body and top wood and the binding materials, are the American Indian themed inlays, Hipshot D tuner, the rear mounted battery box and the bridge pickup, a Lace Sensor unit offering more bite and a closer acoustic tone.


    As to the inlays…I have, on my father’s side of the family, blood ties to the American Cherokee Nation. The family are from Georgia, where I too was born. To celebrate this heritage, I chose to use American Indian/Cherokee themed inlays of mother of pearl, vintage American Indian coins and an Indian chief “inlay.”


    The inlay on the front of the bass includes: my last name “Sparks” and a wolf howling at the moon in mother of pearl on the headstock, a Mother of pearl star on the ebony truss rod cover and an American Indian “Medicine Wheel” with feathers on the faux tailpiece.   


    The coins are as follows:
    Five American Indian head nickels inlaid into the lower curve on the back of the body. These nickels are from sequential years, 1934, 35, 36, 37 and 38. A sixth nickel is inlaid into the ebony rear control cover with the buffalo side showing. The buffalo were a food and pelt source for the Cherokee tribe in Georgia. Also inlaid into the rear control cover is a Georgia Quarter representing my Georgia family. There is also a 1901 American Indian head penny inlaid into the Sapele cover that gives access to the pickup blend pot cavity on the front upper bout. One friend remarked that the bass was worth at least 55 cents!!!


    Lastly, although it may look like it, the high contrast American Indian chief bust on the rear control cavity cover is not an inlay at all. Viewed up close, the varied coloring almost looks like some kind of stone, but it is actually just simple wood filler!  I mixed a powered water based wood filler and overfilled the inlay cavity, then sanded it down and finished it with nitro.

TRS 2 – Cherokee specs:

Woods:

1.      Body: 2” thick solid bookmatched Alder, hollowed out with a solid block down the center.

2.      Top: 1/8” thick piece of bookmatched of unusually quilted African Mahogany (Sapele).

3.      Neck: One piece rock maple with an ebony fingerboard, headstock veneer and truss rod cover.

4.      Faux (decorative) tailpiece: ebony with curly maple binding and a Sapele end unit.

5.      Switch cavity cover and rear mounted string ferrule surround: Sapele

6.      Body and tailpiece binding: Curly maple.

Electronics:

1.      Pickups: Neck pickup is a Carvin radiused top bass humbucker

                Bridge pickup is a Lace Sensor bass pickup generally used for acoustic basses.

2.      Pots: CTS 500K pots. Two volume, two tone and one blend pot in lieu of the traditional toggle, which gives me a blend of the two pickups anywhere in the spectrum I choose.

3.      Built in tuner:  “N-tune” internal tuner with a rear mounted battery box.  This tuner, powered by a 9 volt battery replaces the typical volume control and allows the tuner to be built into the bass. When the tuner is off the volume control functions normally.  Pulling up on the knob turns on the tuner and turns off the output to the amp, for silent tuning without altering the current volume level. Pushing down on the knob turns off the tuner battery and silently reestablishes the output to the amp.  I bought up four of these units before the company went out of business.

4.      High and Low Impedance circuit/switch: I wired the bass with high and low Z outputs, each with its own side mounted jack and switched with a push/pull pot on the neck pickup Tone pot. Switching to the unused output jack acts as an output kill switch to keep the bass from feeding back when it is in the rack but still connected to the amp.   

Hardware:

1.      Gold tuners and bridge: Carvin units. The low E tuner is a Hipshot D tuner allowing me instantly to lower the E string to D with the flick of the lever.

2.      Gold Dunlop strap locks.

3.      All screws are gold.

My thanks go to Patrick Raymond of Raymond guitars and David Treude of Treude guitars for the nitro finish they worked on.

I am currently planning on a build video of this bass, as I did for my last few builds. It will include an introduction, a “60-second build” montage, a “Specs” section and a sound sample.








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Monday, October 21st, 2019 by notreble.com

Kelvin Daly Musical Instruments 7-String Subcontra Bass

Kelvin Daly has been building instruments since 1992, always with an artistic bent. “My original training in visual arts and sculpture migrated into building functional musical objects as I became more seriously involved in playing music,” he writes on his website. It doesn’t hurt that he has apprenticed with the legendary Carl Thompson since 1998.

This week we’re featuring a gut-rumbling bass Daly custom-designed for a player. The 7-string Subcontra Bass has an enormous 38-inch scale and is tuned E A D G C F A. The lowest string, which is an octave below a standard bass’s E, registers at just 20.5 Hz. Besides the functional depth of the instrument, its construction is a thing of wonder. Its body core is kaya (aka African Mahogany) with a padouk stripe, while ebony and hand-dyed flame maple adorn the top. The back details are bocote and more hand-dyed flame maple. Its neck is a seven-piece laminate of sapele, ipe, cocobola, and pau ferro topped with an ebony fingerboard.

Other features include Hipshot hardware, custom-wound Kent Armstrong soapbar pickups, and a 3-band EQ.

Specs:
Scale:   38″
Body:   Kaya and Padouk
Top:   Ebony and Hand-dyed Flame Maple
Back:   Bocote and Hand-dyed Flame Maple
Neck:   7-piece sapele, ipe, cocobola, and pau ferro
Fingerboard:   Ebony
Pickups:   Kent Armstrong Custom-Wound Soapbars
Electronics:   Kent Armstrong 3-Band EQ
Bridge:   hipshot
Tuners:   Hipshot
Other:   Q-Parts Custom Abalone and Gold Tone Knobs









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Candia Bass Altessa

The Altessa Bass guitar is a 34” scale bass that has an oiled walnut body and a five piece laminate neck made of walnut with two Purple Heart stringers. The fretboard is also purple heart with only side dot markers. Because purple heart is such a hard wood this bass has a very snappy, punch feel and sound to it.

The headstock has a 12 degree tilt back with a scarf joint that is barely noticable because the headstock is made of the same neck blank material as the neck itself. I left a substantial volute on the back of the neck, opposite the zero fret to further strengthen neck/head stock joint. I don’t want to have the “authentic” problem of the headstock breaking off which is very common with one piece necks with a tilted headstock.

The front of the headstock has a 1/8” thick cap of walnut, which was pore filled, painted black and finished off with the Candia logo and lacquer.

The strings on this bass run in a straight line from the bridge to the tuner so there is no need for a nut. I used a zero fret instead and extended the fretboard 3/4” beyond the zero fret. I also filed some notches in the edge of the fretboard to hold the strings in place in case someone with crazy strong fingers does some aggressive string bending.

I used medium fret wire to keep the action very low and fast; the only exception is the zero fret which is a jumbo fret. One thing I did differently on this bass is I did not radius the fretboard. I personally prefer the feel of all of the strings being flat rather than radiused because it feels easier for my right hand to quickly move across the strings.

The hardware on this bass consists of a Kick Ass bridge and Gotoh tuners. The electronics are a pair of Bartolini single coil pick ups running through an Aguilar OBP1 preamp. The control set up is master volume, pickup blend, high, two band mid and low.







https://youtube.com/watch?v=BEAbdEoGS8A
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Monday, October 14th, 2019 by notreble.com

Gamma Bass Guitars “Starburst”

Specs:
Body:   Alder
Neck:   Canadian Maple
Fingerboard:   Indian Rosewood
Pickups:   GAMMA Gen 2 Vintage Style J Pickups
Hardware:   Vintage Style
Pickguard:   Clear
Weight:   9 lbs
Other:   Art by Julie Rosenberg








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