Newly finished 5 stringer

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Newly finished 5 stringer

Post by David Searle Guitars » 29 Jan 2014, 06:45

Hi all,
I'd just like share with you some shots of my latest build that I've just finished. It's a 5 string J style bass with many extras.

Some specs.
Body: Alder featuring a highly figured blackwood veneer on top.
Neck: Maple with a rosewood fretboard, 34.5" scale (to accommodate a B string, but is currently set up as E-C as per Matt Garrison). Fretboard radius 16". Ebony and maple block inlays. Medium profile shaping on the back of the neck. 3+2 headstock configuration.
Finish: Tobacco burst in gloss nitro. Satin nitro on the neck.
Pickup: Nordstrand P5
Preamp: Nordstrand
Hardware: Hipshot tuners. Hipshot bridge (.075 spacing)
Pickguard: Hand made 4 layered veneer topped with matching blackwood finished in nitro.

This basis of the instrument was made during class time at our Guitar and Bass Making course at NMIT as an
example of the process. I'm happy to say that the bass plays beautifully with its low action and sound great with the Nordstrand gear.

Enjoy.
David Searle.

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Re: Newly finished 5 stringer

Post by David Searle Guitars » 29 Jan 2014, 06:48

Some more shots.

Cheers, David.
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Re: Newly finished 5 stringer

Post by David Searle Guitars » 29 Jan 2014, 06:49

And some more shots.

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Post by David Searle Guitars » 29 Jan 2014, 06:52

And just one more.


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Post by dazzalenko » 29 Jan 2014, 07:07

That's really beautiful, congratulations.
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Re: Newly finished 5 stringer

Post by narcdor » 29 Jan 2014, 08:58

Wow that looks amazing, I would be scared to touch it.
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Re: Newly finished 5 stringer

Post by Daniel Kinnaird » 29 Jan 2014, 09:09

Beautiful! I had a play of a bass you made for Peter Lamburd recently... Beautiful work!

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Post by slowlearner » 29 Jan 2014, 09:10

That's awesome. Don't suppose you could post some sound clips?
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Re: Newly finished 5 stringer

Post by Snoopygore71 » 29 Jan 2014, 09:58

Daniel Kinnaird wrote:Beautiful! I had a play of a bass you made for Peter Lamburd recently... Beautiful work!
If that's the 6 string jazz, that bass is a piece of art.

David, very nice indeed.
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Post by PilbaraBass » 29 Jan 2014, 10:12

That is beautiful! I'd be a little lost without having a bridge pickup, but I suspect I could get over that rather quickly :D
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Re: Newly finished 5 stringer

Post by David Searle Guitars » 29 Jan 2014, 12:03

Thanks for all of your kind words,
I'll see if I can get a reasonable sound clip of it, but to describe it's sound it realy is firmly in the P bass mode. The nordstrand pickup is beautiful, big and articulate and the preamp (nordstrand 2 band) doesn't add a great deal of db to the mix rather it seems to tighten up the sound and offer greater control over the tone settings. It boils down to being difficult to get a bad sound out of it. Oh, and it has a passive mode that is pure P bass. I did think about having a second pickup on it but after helping some of the students at NMIT finish off their P style basses (usually with Dimarzio pickups) I've realy become fond of the P bass sound. That massive thump and wonderful sound when played slightly muted.
As for it's playability its very similar to Peter's red 6 string Jazz that i made last year.

cheers, David.

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Re: Newly finished 5 stringer

Post by basshack » 29 Jan 2014, 12:04

Very nice David and a good advertisement for the value you can get out of the NMIT course. One day....
... dial in some "J" to angry it up!

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Re: Newly finished 5 stringer

Post by maxgroover » 29 Jan 2014, 12:11

Those ebony/maple inlays look great! As does the whole bass. :clap: :clap:
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Re: Newly finished 5 stringer

Post by Heath » 29 Jan 2014, 13:24

damn i love blackwood
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Re: Newly finished 5 stringer

Post by Boopbohead » 29 Jan 2014, 14:59

Good job, nice finish.
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