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Project by Yoshia posted 11-11-2015 07:06 PM 954 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey guys,

I’m new here, my name’s Joe and I’m a student in the UK, and I want to share with you a recent project of mine.

This guitar is my A-Level college project, and it’s my first musical instrument build.

Here are a couple of websites that it’s been featured in:

http://www.notreble.com/buzz/2015/08/31/bass-of-the-week-joe-goldsmith-fretless-singlecut-bass/
http://www.bestbassgear.com/ebass/bass-of-the-week/bass-of-the-week-j-goldsmith-pizzicato.html

Looking forward to contributing to the community here!
Joe





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Earache

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#1 posted 11-11-2015 07:21 PM

Looks great, Joe – good job.

How is the sound / sustain, etc?

-- Eric - Littleton, Colorado

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#2 posted 11-11-2015 07:25 PM

Sweet! Great job, Joe. Love the minimalist style with just the right amount of accents that really calls attention to the shape. With just the single pickup and being fretless, do you get a sound similar to a double bass with a peizo pickup?

When I was in college, I helped with sound and stage set-up for a Chris Brubeck concert and got to pick his brain during some down time. His electric bass set-up was so close in sound to an amplified upright, you couldn’t tell the difference without looking—I’ve always loved that sound. It’d be cool to hear a recording of yours. Got a YouTube or something else out there?

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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Yoshia

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#3 posted 11-11-2015 07:27 PM



Looks great, Joe – good job.

How is the sound / sustain, etc?

- Earache

Thank you!

Sound is pretty similar to Bakithi Kumalo’s on Graceland (Paul Simon). It’s very growly, with a nice warm tone. The slightly shorter scale means it’s quite a complex sound. It’s not very sharp, or bright, but it has a lovely sound which is great for most music styles, especially solo.

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#4 posted 11-11-2015 07:28 PM

looks amazing!!! great job!!!!

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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Yoshia

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#5 posted 11-11-2015 07:55 PM



Sweet! Great job, Joe. Love the minimalist style with just the right amount of accents that really calls attention to the shape. With just the single pickup and being fretless, do you get a sound similar to a double bass with a peizo pickup?

When I was in college, I helped with sound and stage set-up for a Chris Brubeck concert and got to pick his brain during some down time. His electric bass set-up was so close in sound to an amplified upright, you couldn t tell the difference without looking—I ve always loved that sound. It d be cool to hear a recording of yours. Got a YouTube or something else out there?

- JayT

I’d love to run sound for someone like Brubeck, that sounds amazing!

It could manage a double bass sound, easily, but it’s set up at the moment for a more solo-istic, modem sound. With some tape wounds, I’m certain it would manage it (my rig is an Eden EC-28, so it sounds very neutral).

I’ll get a recording done at some point, it’s looooooong overdue!

Joe

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#6 posted 11-11-2015 07:56 PM



looks amazing!!! great job!!!!

- XquietflyX

Thanks!

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#7 posted 11-11-2015 08:59 PM

Top job Joe. The monochrome treatment gives the bass a lot of serious gravitas. Single cuts are a personal fave, I like the integrated pick guard.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#8 posted 11-11-2015 09:14 PM

This is a beauty.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#9 posted 11-11-2015 09:20 PM

I was in another part of the forum and something kept niggling me about your bass. No Tailpiece! Just a saddle. There is some complex carving going on with the top, more pics?

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#10 posted 11-11-2015 10:10 PM

Man, that looks tasty.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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SignWave

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#11 posted 11-12-2015 12:53 AM

I really like the dark-on-dark design. The single knob makes a statement that matches the elegant wood choice. Also, that’s an interesting bridge design.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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#12 posted 11-12-2015 08:19 PM

Thank you everyone :)

The body carving really isn’t that complicated. It’s a heavy round over the whole way round, with a fore-arm contour and an upper-fret access carving. It was done entirely with a rasp, files and sandpaper.

The bridge design is my own. The fingerboard extends from the nut to the very end of the bass, and the saddle and pickup are cut into it.

Joe

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#13 posted 11-14-2015 05:14 AM

Very clean, nice work.

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#14 posted 11-14-2015 09:03 PM

Thank you :)

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