New single cut 5 string bass (PLB5-SC)

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Re: New single cut 5 string bass (PLB5-SC)

Post by David Searle Guitars » 29 Apr 2015, 21:07

And some more shots of the neck through section with its rosewood wings resting in place.

Soon I'll be up to gluing on the wings. I can't wait to be able to cut off the 'clamping lobes' and cleaning up the final shape. I know what it will look like in my head, but I'm looking forward for everyone to see the results.

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The figured rosewood top on this one is going to look amazing when it gets its coats of lacquer. Again, CAN'T WAIT!!!

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In this shot you can see the matching headstock veneer.

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Re: New single cut 5 string bass (PLB5-SC)

Post by Classic5 » 29 Apr 2015, 22:00

Wow...that top is looking better and better each time I see it. This one is going to be very special :cool:
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Re: New single cut 5 string bass (PLB5-SC)

Post by narcdor » 30 Apr 2015, 09:59

That inlay, wow. Actually the whole thing... wow. Nice work there.
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Re: New single cut 5 string bass (PLB5-SC)

Post by David Searle Guitars » 31 May 2015, 11:11

Some more shots of the body trimmed up!

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I just love the wild grain pattern on this rosewood top.
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Mmmmm rosewood and American black walnut........ :drool:

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Re: New single cut 5 string bass (PLB5-SC)

Post by David Searle Guitars » 31 May 2015, 11:13

And some more...
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Re: New single cut 5 string bass (PLB5-SC)

Post by David Searle Guitars » 31 May 2015, 11:17

Some shots of the rear of the bass. Here you can see the marking out for the rear cutaway. There's probably an hour or so of carving in here alone!
You can also clearly see the size of the control cavity and the big, and I mean 'BIG' tummy cut.

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Cheers, David.

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Re: New single cut 5 string bass (PLB5-SC)

Post by narcdor » 31 May 2015, 11:26

Looks even better in person too!
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Re: New single cut 5 string bass (PLB5-SC)

Post by jimmy_effected » 11 Jun 2015, 13:05

Would love to have a play of these when they're done! These builds look fantastic David, keep up the good work

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Re: New single cut 5 string bass (PLB5-SC)

Post by David Searle Guitars » 12 Jun 2015, 09:29

jimmy_effected wrote:Would love to have a play of these when they're done! These builds look fantastic David, keep up the good work
Thanks Jimmy E,
I'll have these finished in the next few months an will have them up for sale and of course player demo's. I'm intending to do a showing of them around September and will most certainly want to show them off at the next BGG. If your in the Melbourne area I'm more than happy to have people come over to my workshop and check it all out.

Cheers, David.

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Re: New single cut 5 string bass (PLB5-SC)

Post by harmonyriver » 24 Oct 2015, 09:10

It looks amazing!
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Re: New single cut 5 string bass (PLB5-SC)

Post by David Searle Guitars » 24 Oct 2015, 12:17

harmonyriver wrote:It looks amazing!
Thanks Harmonyriver,
This one is possibly my favourite of this batch! and will probably be the last one finished. I was having a re-think on the pickups and hardware for this. I'll most likely go for gold hardware as it has such dark colouring. I think black (while very classy) would look too dark and chrome??? mmmmm not to sure about chrome. And for the pickups I was thinking about upping the look with matching rosewood pickup covers, which would mean slightly expanding the body route....

It's a fine balancing act between subtle and classy figured timber with a dash of the right amount of bling...

Cheers, David.

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Re: New single cut 5 string bass (PLB5-SC)

Post by harmonyriver » 24 Oct 2015, 20:53

Boy those choices are so personal - having tried many pickup and preamp combinations, my ideal combination would be Nordstrand big singles and John East U-retro preamp. Black tuners and bridge - if gold, I prefer the shiny gold Gotoh, not the matt gold ones made by Hipshot.
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