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Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Posted: 21 Oct 2015, 18:47
by David Searle Guitars
And some more...

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Gotta' love this amazing rosewood!

Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Posted: 21 Oct 2015, 18:50
by David Searle Guitars
And some of the pickups in construction....

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These covers mimic the timber in the body. They're Koa on top with a layer of black veneer over Mahogany.

Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Posted: 21 Oct 2015, 18:51
by David Searle Guitars
And some more of the pickup covers...

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Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Posted: 21 Oct 2015, 18:57
by David Searle Guitars
And then some final machining for the pole pieces. The fit around the poles is so exact that the pickup cover will only fit one way. Interestingly these Nordstrand pickups are more accurately made than the Seymour Duncan pickups and have much more regularity to the spacing of the pole pieces.

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Cheers, David.

Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Posted: 21 Oct 2015, 19:30
by drbass
:thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Posted: 21 Oct 2015, 19:48
by Classic5
I'm all for fretline markers too. Just had a listen to Velvet Humm on David G's website.........bloody awesome composition and playing. This bass is going to the right home thats for sure :yep

Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Posted: 21 Oct 2015, 23:00
by Bassboy
Wow thanks for the kind comments about my playing David and Classic 5 I am totally blown away by this bass build and humbled to think it's being built by such a master builder I will totally need those frets markings i would be lost in a heart beat with out them. Such an exciting instrent can't wait to plug her in.

Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Posted: 22 Oct 2015, 11:09
by narcdor
Going for stunning simplicity? Knocked that one out of the park.

Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Posted: 22 Oct 2015, 16:03
by ARJ
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Where's the "like" button! This is sensational.

Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Posted: 01 Dec 2015, 12:04
by David Searle Guitars
Hi Folks,
I've been working away quietly on David Galea's bass build and David has been itching for some new update shots! So here we go. All of the painting is done. I've shot satin nitro on all the bits (no tinting, so all of the colour that you see is the natural tones of the wood. The painting stick will tell you otherwise, but it has done the rounds of a few basses to date! ). All there is now to do is assembly! :partydance:

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All the bits lined up. with the body still on its painting stick.

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Koa, Koa and more Koa....

Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Posted: 01 Dec 2015, 12:09
by David Searle Guitars
And a few more..

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The truss rod cover. Hand cut mother of pearl inlaid into highly figured Koa with a black veneer pinstripe.

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David gave me some artistic license to do a twelfth fret inlay. Its only very small (not much bigger than a fretboard dot! So I went with one of my designs that I used in the 'Big Blue' bass.

Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Posted: 01 Dec 2015, 12:13
by drbass
Really like the truss rod cover, David!

And everything else ... .

Regards,
Michael

Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Posted: 01 Dec 2015, 12:14
by David Searle Guitars
and some shots of the ramp sitting in place next to the pickup cover. The ramp (matching Koa with a black pin stripe over Mahogany) will be sanded to its final thickness when the bass has been assembled so I get the Height just right!

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The next set of shots will be of the finished instrument (as I've already got the bridge in and some of the wiring!)


cheers, David

Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Posted: 01 Dec 2015, 12:50
by Classic5
Absolutely love the colour of that top wood. So warm looking :cool:

Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Posted: 01 Dec 2015, 16:23
by Bassboy
Holly smokes, i love how the ramp Koa is an extension of the Koa on the pickup cover, amazing stuff. The ebony hi lights also look amazing.
so excited about this bass.