Newly finished student work!

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Newly finished student work!

Post by David Searle Guitars » 09 Mar 2015, 15:31

Not my work this time for this thread, but my students work!

In this thread I'd like to pay tribute to the students that come and enjoy the process of making basses with me. The students come to me with an idea for a bass or guitar build and I guide them through the design and making process.

For those that have a bass or guitar making 'itch that they need to scratch', I have the cure!

This first student is Maurice Magner. He built a P bass replica and a Tele replica before this build. For this one he wanted more of a challenge. So I suggested a neck through construction consisting of a three piece maple neck with solid Australian blackwood wings. Its scale is 34" with a rosewood fretboard. The headstock has a few laminates of decorative veneer on it and has a beautifully carved volute on the rear. The neck profile has a P bass shape to it. Full but not huge. The neck to body transition carve is absolutely perfect! Hardware is all Gotoh in black. Pickups are Dimarzio with J bass passive wiring. The body has been finished in satin nitro.

Well done Maurice.
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Post by Rude_Mechanical » 09 Mar 2015, 15:34

Oh, those curves. Lovely. "Everything in its right place", as Radiohead would say.
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Re: Newly finished student work!

Post by David Searle Guitars » 09 Mar 2015, 15:39

Maurice Magner bass build.
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Screwing down the last piece of the puzzle! On goes the truss rod cover.
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One proud builder. And rightly so!

Congratulations Maurice.
And yes....It plays and sounds as good as it looks.

cheers, David.

Oh and I forgot to mention, the fretboard dots are made of sterling silver!.........for their tone of course :D

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Re: Newly finished student work!

Post by David Searle Guitars » 09 Mar 2015, 15:42

Rude_Mechanical wrote:Oh, those curves. Lovely. "Everything in its right place", as Radiohead would say.
YES! Those curves! Maurice tweaked the design until he was happy with it. Its such a pleasure to see the students complete something this beautiful.

cheers, David.

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Post by ozrider » 09 Mar 2015, 15:44

I really like it, headstock design very yin/yang... don't know if that was the intention. A beauty.

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Post by cleary » 09 Mar 2015, 16:03

It's a beauty - looking forward to seeing more of them :)
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Post by drbass » 09 Mar 2015, 16:36

Very nice, tiny waist (I like :) !).
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Re: Newly finished student work!

Post by PilbaraBass » 09 Mar 2015, 16:58

I like it a lot! It reminds me of a Pedulla.
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Post by ozrider » 09 Mar 2015, 17:04

yes very pedulla, you don't hear much about pedulla but they're lovely basses in the flesh...

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Post by Classic5 » 09 Mar 2015, 17:25

That looks Terrific....well done Maurice and David :thumbup:

Would love to hear how it sounds......any possibility of a video at some stage?
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Re: Newly finished student work!

Post by narcdor » 09 Mar 2015, 17:40

This looks pretty damn good in person, I was lucky enough to see it during the final clear coat application I think.
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Post by Rude_Mechanical » 09 Mar 2015, 19:29

That's what it reminds me of - a Pedulla crossed with an Ibanez Musician.

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Re: Newly finished student work!

Post by David Searle Guitars » 09 Mar 2015, 19:43

Rude_Mechanical wrote:That's what it reminds me of - a Pedulla crossed with an Ibanez Musician.

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Yes well spotted! The Pedulla in the design is for Maurice's part, a coincidence. It's something I saw in his drawing that I liked a lot! The other part (Ibanez Musician) comes from my very first electric guitar. It was a '78 6 string electric that shared the same design aesthetic and construction methods as the bass guitars. The three piece laminated maple neck with its neck carve and blend into the body is something I knew would work very nicely. Maurice did a great job of it. It was his first neck through instrument. The volute was also in keeping with the Musician. It is very nice to play and access all the way up to the top frets is completely unhindered.

Cheers, David.

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Re: Newly finished student work!

Post by David Searle Guitars » 28 Mar 2015, 09:23

Izzy Flook and her newly finished P

Congratulation to Izzy, who finished her bass on Thursday. Izzy came and did the Melbourne Polytechnic course with myself and fellow teacher Rob Pryke. Izzy's bass is a classic combination of Alder body, maple and rosewood neck. This 4 stringer has been finished in Daphne blue nitro, with a classic tortoise pickguard. The neck profile is P bass style 'full and round' with medium/wide fretwire. Izzy has used a Gotoh bridge combined with Grover tuners (all in chrome). The pickups are Fender '63 'pure vintage' series units. For anyone wanting a great P sound, you've got to try them. The strings are La Bella .045 - .105 'Deep Talkin' Flats.

This bass plays beautifully, set with a low action, it gives off the classic sounds of the 60's and 70's. Just loads of thump and grind! Izzy will be using her 'new born' in her band that plays around Melbourne.

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Well done Izzy!

Cheers, David.

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Re: Newly finished student work!

Post by narcdor » 29 Mar 2015, 07:40

That blue body came out so well, congrats Izzy!
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