The blue bass's evil twin!

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The blue bass's evil twin!

Post by David Searle Guitars » 27 Dec 2014, 17:52

Hi All,
Here's an update on the second bass that started life at the same time as Peter's blue bass.
I'll attach some early shots of the build that show some of Peter's bass in production to. This one's specs are very close to Peter's in design. It has the same construction methods, including the bridge assembly and the upper bout decoration, same pickups, same neck carve/profile but this one has a 35" scale and an on board preamp.
Some specs:
Neck - 3 Piece maple, Rosewood fretboard, graphite reinforced 35" scale with 28 frets (small like peter's)
Body - Alder with quilted maple top. Nitro lacquer finish in 2 tone tobacco burst.
Tuners - Gotoh.
Pickups - Aero 6 string custom made P Bass design (same as Peter's)
Preamp - Aguilar OBP 2 (Vol. Treb. Bass. Active passive switch)
Tail piece - Ebony and Brass.
Pickup covers - Ebony and maple.

Some early production shots:
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Re: The blue bass's evil twin!

Post by SneakyJak » 27 Dec 2014, 18:08

same neck carve/profile
is it going to have the same string spacing ?

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Re: The blue bass's evil twin!

Post by David Searle Guitars » 27 Dec 2014, 18:15

It can have a similar spacing but could also be made a little closer as I'm about to make the bone bridge. While making a bridge like Peter's one is very time consuming it does give you the benefit of customizing string spacing!
Cheers, David.

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Re: The blue bass's evil twin!

Post by David Searle Guitars » 27 Dec 2014, 18:17

Some more early production shots:
Peter's walnut/maple body with the current one of Alder am Maple.
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Rear shot of the Alder body.
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Re: The blue bass's evil twin!

Post by David Searle Guitars » 27 Dec 2014, 18:22

And some more:
The two necks with their routing for the truss rod and graphite rods.

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Rods and graphite in place.

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Re: The blue bass's evil twin!

Post by David Searle Guitars » 27 Dec 2014, 18:25

some more shots:
Aero pickups.

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Pickup covers.

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Pickups in their covers.

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Re: The blue bass's evil twin!

Post by drbass » 27 Dec 2014, 18:33

Looks great, David.

Lots of graphite in those necks - is that what you would normally do for a thinnish neck?

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Re: The blue bass's evil twin!

Post by David Searle Guitars » 27 Dec 2014, 18:34

The bass with a few of the parts placed for the shot. The body is yet to be polished at this point and the tail piece is under construction.

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Neck bolt central!!! You can see the top cut outs nicely here (had to paint the internals before I glued up the top and bottom plates of the body! You can also see the body has been polished at this stage.

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Re: The blue bass's evil twin!

Post by David Searle Guitars » 27 Dec 2014, 18:36

some shots of the neck joint.

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A look along the neck from the ear.

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Re: The blue bass's evil twin!

Post by David Searle Guitars » 27 Dec 2014, 18:40

Creating the bone nut.

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Shielding the electronics.

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Keeping it neat and tidy.

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Re: The blue bass's evil twin!

Post by basshack » 27 Dec 2014, 18:42

Had the pleasure of seeing this one in the flesh. :drool:
... dial in some "J" to angry it up!

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Re: The blue bass's evil twin!

Post by David Searle Guitars » 27 Dec 2014, 18:47

Pickups, Electronics and Tail piece all in place.

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Nut spacing sorted, string alignment looks good.

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Now time to carve the bridge piece. (The string height might be a little on the tall side at the moment Peter Lamburd!!!!) This process of creating the bridge and working out the intonation and string height takes the best part of a day!

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Re: The blue bass's evil twin!

Post by slowlearner » 27 Dec 2014, 21:00

Man, fantastic tailpiece there. What's it made from?

P.s. and the rest of the bass is off the chain too! :hyper:
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Re: The blue bass's evil twin!

Post by Boopbohead » 27 Dec 2014, 21:31

Some fine craftsmanship there. I bet it will sound like it looks, pristine!
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The blue bass's evil twin!

Post by SneakyJak » 28 Dec 2014, 00:10

Boopbohead wrote:Some fine craftsmanship there. I bet it will sound like it looks, pristine!
I've now played a guitar, baritone and bass made by David and as an owner of some decent highend gear (Ritter) I can tell you David's quality is definitely up there. His hot rod inspired baritone was absolutely killer, didn't want to put that thing down.
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