Adrian Lewis Build

Maker of handmade contemporary bass guitars (made in Melbourne) and teacher of bass guitar lutherie. Find out about the latest builds here.
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Adrian Lewis Build

Post by David Searle Guitars » 31 Jul 2016, 12:55

Hi All,

Here are some shots of a 5 string 'Marilyn' build for Adrian Lewis in Sydney. Adrian already has one of my basses strung E-C and wanted this bass to have the standard B-G.
The scale length of this one is the standard 35" with 24 small frets. The body wood laminates are quilted blackwood on top, black veneer pinstriping, maple and American black walnut.

The neck is made up of three pieces of flame maple with a black veneer pinstripe under the birsdeye maple fretboard. The fretboard has Paua shell side dots with two inlays. One at the Twelfth fret (Adrian's own design that he calls his 'Groove Monster') and a twenty fourth fret marker that has his initials.

The hardware is all black. Gotoh tuners, 'A' style Hipshoy bridge @18mm spacing. Recessed strap locks.

The pickups are Seymour Duncan NYC's in matching body wood covers.

Interesting thing with this bass is that we've set it up as a passive unit. It has been configured to be changed to and active preamp at a latter point in time. I've set the pickups to be switchable using a set of 3 way mini switches to give Adrian Parallel/Single/Series. The controls are Vol, Blend, Tone. The sound variation available is amazing!! and the output is huge, especially in series mode where it just about launches my quad box across the factory floor!!! 8/

So here goes..
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Neck production Shot. I do love my graphite!!
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Neck and body wings with the clamping lobes still attached

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Re: Adrian Lewis Build

Post by David Searle Guitars » 31 Jul 2016, 12:56

And some more...

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Re: Adrian Lewis Build

Post by David Searle Guitars » 31 Jul 2016, 12:59

And then....

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'Groove Monster' inlay!
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'AVL' inlay

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Re: Adrian Lewis Build

Post by David Searle Guitars » 31 Jul 2016, 13:02

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Sanding, carving, sanding, shaping, sanding ,sanding....more sanding.

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Re: Adrian Lewis Build

Post by David Searle Guitars » 31 Jul 2016, 13:04

and then some more.....

Spray booth time!

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Check out that top!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Adrian Lewis Build

Post by David Searle Guitars » 31 Jul 2016, 13:06

yes it's getting a little 'bass porn' at this point in time......

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Re: Adrian Lewis Build

Post by David Searle Guitars » 31 Jul 2016, 13:10

So it's up to the final fit out at this point in time. Just waiting on a component to come in from the US of A. and about an hour of fiddle and we're there.

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I'll post some finished shots when I get the last bits on this week.

Cheers, David.

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Re: Adrian Lewis Build

Post by Petebass » 31 Jul 2016, 22:05

Awesome!
* 2 Stingray 5's (one heavily modded), Ibanez SR805, Ashbory, + more...
* Carvin B1500, Epifani PS1000, Ashdown Superfly amps.
* Lots of DIY neo/lightweight cabs including one made from composites http://www.ozbassforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=2546

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Re: Adrian Lewis Build

Post by David Searle Guitars » 05 Sep 2016, 19:33

This was picked up a few weeks ago. I'd forgotten to post the happy recipient shot. Adrian Lewis flew down from Sydney, caught up with some friends and spent a few hours playing his new bass and talking about all things bass guitar!

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With its pickup witching capabilities this bass is a real beast!

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