Buster Bass

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Project by HolcombGuitars posted 09-22-2011 10:36 PM 1655 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was a project that was originally made for a Benefit auction for the local PBS station in Rhode Island.

All the wood in this bass is reclaimed except for the leopardwood fretboard. The body is made from a reclaimed red oak door that was given to me and the neck is reclaimed hard maple from an old conference table my landlord had in his backyard that he gave to me. The pattern on the body is accomplished by laminating square stock and making oblique cuts. I finished the fretboard with West System Marine Epoxy to keep the strings from denting the wood too much. The body is finished with tung oil. Completed in 2009

You can see more process pictures here at

-- Nick Holcomb, Rhode Island,

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#1 posted 09-23-2011 01:24 AM

Love the look of this bass.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#2 posted 09-23-2011 01:33 AM

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#3 posted 09-23-2011 10:10 PM

How did the leopardwood work out for the fretboard? I have been toying with the idea of using it on a future guitar.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#4 posted 09-23-2011 10:28 PM

Worked out really well, I think mostly due to the west system epoxy. I brushed on something like 4 coats and hit it with steel wool in the end. Using flatwound strings on it is imperative so it doesn’t chew up the epoxy.

-- Nick Holcomb, Rhode Island,

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