NBD: Classic Build #001

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NBD: Classic Build #001

Post by Classic5 » 18 Mar 2018, 17:34

I’d like to introduce my new little friend, hand made in Melbourne Australia at the Melbourne School of Guitar Making – with a lot of guidance from the founders David Searle and Rob Pryke. I love this thing! Will do a more detailed video after we’ve gotten to know each other better. Here’s a quickie for now…..filmed using my Lumix GX1 camera. Pounding 8th notes at it’s best with a bit of a higher register improvisation in the bridge, the song was written by Phil Small – the bass player from Cold Chisel. The bass is in passive mode, set flat with both pickups on, very slight roll towards the neck pickup. Running through an Avalon U5 into my PC. Yeah baby!

EDIT: Video updated 25/3/18 after adjusting intonation and pickup height, using a different camera, some attention to lighting, a small higher register improv in the bridge and playing the correct notes this time :red face

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Re: NBD: Classic Build #001

Post by Classic5 » 18 Mar 2018, 17:41

A couple more pics.....and I recommend that if you have any inclination regarding making your own bass, and you have the opportunity....just go for it. Give Rob or David a call and make a start on what will be a wonderful journey.



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Some of features include:

Alder / Ash body
Maple neck and fretboard
Nitrocellulose Laquer finish
Delano split coil humbuckers JMVC 4 FE/M2
Glockenklang 3 band pre with active / passive mode and passive tone control
Low level battery indicator with kill switch
Magnetic battery cover
String through body option
Weight 3.95kg
Nut 40mm
String spacing 19mm


These are some of the features Ive always wanted in a bass, and now it's all here, in this one instrument which is most definitely a KEEPER :)
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Re: NBD: Classic Build #001

Post by narcdor » 18 Mar 2018, 17:45

I wish my first bass was this impressive, it turned out the way I planned but note to self, aim higher! Mine is a keeper too because nobody would pay money for it ha ha ha. I would definitely pay cash for that beauty though, delicious. Again, very well done, incredible what you can do with a little attention to detail huh.
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Re: NBD: Classic Build #001

Post by jumpin jimmy » 18 Mar 2018, 17:51

Congratulations On your build Ivan Its a gorgeous looking bass And It sounds great as well Cheers Jimmy

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Re: NBD: Classic Build #001

Post by irvinz » 18 Mar 2018, 19:09

YoUr take on the f bass? Looks gorgeous, the burst as well!

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Re: NBD: Classic Build #001

Post by Classic5 » 18 Mar 2018, 19:23

narcdor wrote:
18 Mar 2018, 17:45
I wish my first bass was this impressive, it turned out the way I planned but note to self, aim higher! Mine is a keeper too because nobody would pay money for it ha ha ha. I would definitely pay cash for that beauty though, delicious. Again, very well done, incredible what you can do with a little attention to detail huh.
I think I currently hold the record for taking the longest time to build a bass :lol: . I do remember yours thought, and it was another great example of the high quality of instruments coming out of the School.
jumpin jimmy wrote:
18 Mar 2018, 17:51
Congratulations On your build Ivan Its a gorgeous looking bass And It sounds great as well Cheers Jimmy
Thanks Jimmy. Your Aguilars are impatienty waiting for a bass to go into. I have a plan.
irvinz wrote:
18 Mar 2018, 19:09
YoUr take on the f bass? Looks gorgeous, the burst as well!
Definitely not my design, and yes the shape is based on an F bass - one of my all time favourite basses. I did extend the lower horn more towards the neck though. It balances beautifully.
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Re: NBD: Classic Build #001

Post by drbass » 18 Mar 2018, 20:24

Looks great, Ivan, and sounds good, too, nice and round, and balanced. Fantastic job, and doesn't matter how long it took - the next one will be quicker :) .

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Re: NBD: Classic Build #001

Post by NotTheFish » 18 Mar 2018, 22:28

Amazing work Ivan.. Building a high level bass like this for your 1st effort is fantastic. You Melbournites are so lucky !
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Re: NBD: Classic Build #001

Post by hamo » 18 Mar 2018, 22:34

Brilliant Ivan. Certainly looks and sounds the goods.
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Re: NBD: Classic Build #001

Post by Curto » 19 Mar 2018, 08:00

A first build! Looks like a high end boutique instrument! :thumbup:
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Re: NBD: Classic Build #001

Post by bigswifty » 19 Mar 2018, 08:34

Man that's a great bass, really dig it. Congrats!
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Re: NBD: Classic Build #001

Post by maxgroover » 19 Mar 2018, 08:42

Beautiful looking bass Ivan! Congratulations.

So are the 3 silver knobs bass / mid / treble and the two black knobs volume for each pickup with a switch for active / passive? Really like the layout of the knobs and the pickguard design :thumbup:
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Re: NBD: Classic Build #001

Post by ozrider » 19 Mar 2018, 11:01

looks to have worked out beautifully Ivan - congrats!

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Re: NBD: Classic Build #001

Post by Classic5 » 19 Mar 2018, 11:23

Thanks to all of your for the kind words and encouragement.
maxgroover wrote:
19 Mar 2018, 08:42
........So are the 3 silver knobs bass / mid / treble and the two black knobs volume for each pickup with a switch for active / passive? Really like the layout of the knobs and the pickguard design :thumbup:
Matt, the three chrome knobs are sort of what you would expect on a passive jazz:

Master Volume / Blend / Passive Tone Control

The master volume is push/pull active/passive.

In active mode the passive tone roll off is a cut / boost treble.
The black knobs only work in active mode and are cut/boost Mid and Bass.
The switch kills the low battery indicator light which is near the output jack. A blue LED flashes when the battery is low and the switch kills it so that you're not playing with the blue light flashing.

and there you have it, simple as that 8/
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Re: NBD: Classic Build #001

Post by DeadlyErnest » 19 Mar 2018, 11:30

Curto wrote:
19 Mar 2018, 08:00
A first build! Looks like a high end boutique instrument! :thumbup:
I can guarantee my first build would look very roadworn. :(

What a beautiful bass. I love knobs and switches :)
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