New Double cut PLB5-DC aka 'Silky"

Maker of handmade contemporary bass guitars (made in Melbourne) and teacher of bass guitar lutherie. Find out about the latest builds here.
Post Reply
User avatar
David Searle Guitars
Posts: 387
Joined: 05 Jul 2013, 20:52

New Double cut PLB5-DC aka 'Silky"

Post by David Searle Guitars » 08 Jun 2015, 12:45

Hi all,
Introducing the last of the 5 string bass series (6 in total) 'Silky'.

This bass is a neck through construction of wenge, maple tone block and ebony fretboard. The body wings are made up of a nicely figured top piece of Silky oak with a pinstripe of veneer over alder back sections.
The silky oak is from Mathews timber here in Melbourne. I found it in the racks and took my fancy for a top section.
The neck is a 35" scale wenge piece with a beautiful ebony board on it. In the Fodera tradition I've backed the neck through with a tone block of rock maple. This should balance the softer sound of the silky oak and alder wings. The frets are small as per modern Dingwall and Fodera production basses.

The hardware will be black with a Hipshot bridge and light weight Gotoh tuners. The pickups will be a pair of P2 sized soapbars.

Some shots of the body being glued up.

Image
Image

Cheers, David

User avatar
David Searle Guitars
Posts: 387
Joined: 05 Jul 2013, 20:52

Re: New Double cut PLB5-DC aka 'Silky"

Post by David Searle Guitars » 08 Jun 2015, 12:48

A shot of the body back before machining.

Image
Image

User avatar
David Searle Guitars
Posts: 387
Joined: 05 Jul 2013, 20:52

Re: New Double cut PLB5-DC aka 'Silky"

Post by David Searle Guitars » 08 Jun 2015, 12:49

Some shots of the body with some machining done.

Image
Image

User avatar
David Searle Guitars
Posts: 387
Joined: 05 Jul 2013, 20:52

Re: New Double cut PLB5-DC aka 'Silky"

Post by David Searle Guitars » 08 Jun 2015, 12:50

And some more.
Image

Image

User avatar
David Searle Guitars
Posts: 387
Joined: 05 Jul 2013, 20:52

Re: New Double cut PLB5-DC aka 'Silky"

Post by David Searle Guitars » 08 Jun 2015, 12:50

And a front shot.

Image

Cheers, David.

User avatar
Classic5
Posts: 3784
Joined: 15 Oct 2009, 19:33
Location: Melbourne

Re: New Double cut PLB5-DC aka 'Silky"

Post by Classic5 » 08 Jun 2015, 14:50

Absolutely beautiful David. What a fine looking top :cool:
IB-Classic#001, Xotic XJ-1T 5,Yamaha BB1024X
Glockenklang Blue Soul, Glockenklang Double, TecAmp Puma 112 Combo
"Money will buy a fine dog but only kindness will make him wag his tail"

User avatar
FunkDragon
Posts: 1568
Joined: 15 Jun 2010, 20:34
Location: Bilambil NSW

Re: New Double cut PLB5-DC aka 'Silky"

Post by FunkDragon » 10 Jul 2015, 23:13

Nice!
Smooth lines. Looking very nice so far. :)
It's ALL about the groove!
Spector - ReBop MM 4, & Legend Custom 5 :partydance:
Genz Benz GBE750
Ampeg Portaflex 4x10

groovinbass.com

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests