This bass is a full custom of the customers design. We discussed it quite a bit over the phone and via many emails. He sent
me a rough pencil drawing of his design concept, which I then did up on the computer. After one or two slight modifications to
the design, I was now ready to start cutting wood for this bass.
Bass Clef inlay in Fingerboard at 12th fret in Camphor Burl
Spanish Cedar headstock with Camphor Burl overlay (to match the body)
2 mm side dots, one at each fret position
no dots / inlays on fretboard
thin zebrawood accent layer between fingerboard and neck
Chambered Spanish Cedar body wings and back
Bookmatched Camphor Burl Top
thin zebrawood accent layer between body wings and top
Hardware and Electronics:
Gotoh tuners and Hipshot Model "A" style bridge, Gold
Matching wood knobs from THG, spanish cedar with camphor burl tops for controls and tuners
Kent Armstrong custom wound pickups with Aguilar OBP-3 preamp
Wood pickup covers, camphor burl tops with spanish cedar sides
matching custom wood knobs in spanish cedar with camphor burl caps with thin zebrawood accent layer from THG Knobs
The Build Process
Here are pics of some of the woods and inlays, and a scan of the original drawing I recieved from Russ and the final approved design drawing I did
on the computer for this beauty!
Here's a scan of the original drawing that Russ sent me of his design for this bass
And here is the computer drawing of the design I did for Russ based on his drawing.
Here a a few pics I took of the neck just before routing for and installing the truss rod and fingerboard.
front of headstock and scarf joint
back of headstock and scarf joint
The Camphor Burl bass clef inlay at the 12th fret is in. Next the body wings go on.
Bass Clef inlay cut and ready to go in
Inlay is in
Camphor Burl headstock overlay
Finished neck blank ready for body wings
Body wings with tone chambers
The wood pickup covers are done and off to Kent Armstrong for custom winding and installing of the pickups! Wood is off to THG for
the custom volume and tone knobs as well.
First coat of finish applied, and the insides are sealed as well
A few pics of the roughed out bass just before I routed the control cavity, battery box and
belly contour. I've got a few pics of the bass with the first few coats of finish on, which I will post in the next
day or two.
Macassar Ebony rear headstock overlay and volute
Neck heel carving
Just for fun, the pickups placed in the bass
Back of the pickups, excellent work by Kent Armstrong!
Some pics of the first coat of oil going on.
It's on it's way! I must say, I really like this combination of woods. I really like the zebrawood accent layer, it adds a lot
of visual interest, as if the camphor top wasn't enough on it's own. The wooden tuner and control knobs from THG are the final touch (and of course, I
love gold hardware).
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