HJC Customs Aran 5 Single cut bass

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Project by Musiclogic posted 09-26-2012 09:09 AM 3897 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello to all,

As my first project post I decided to show a recent build I completed for a customer in Costa Rica.

This is a 5 string Bass guitar, Model name – Aran.

The Bass is made from a variety of domestic and exotic woods. The Neck Through is made of quartersawn Wenge and Purpleheart with a Macassar Ebony fretboard, hand inlaid with East Indian Rosewood blocks and Gold Pearl side dots.

The Body is made of mildly figured American Black Walnut with a Maple Burl bookmatch top that was dyed to blend with the Walnut yet still retain it’s own color.

I build instruments professionally, this particular instrument was a 4 month build. Using the excess burl to create the headplate and truss rod cover, I used a mixture of Minwax tung oil finish and minwax Walnut oil stain to color and enhance the burl, then a final finish of boiled linseed oil mixed with varnish to create a slight sheen in the oilk finish, and a Carnauba wax rub at the end.

-- a man never fails, he just quits trying.

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#1 posted 09-26-2012 11:50 AM

Thats top shelf! Beautiful all the way around.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 09-26-2012 02:54 PM

I have never played insturments so I hadn’t heard of a 5 string base before. But I can comment on the woodowrking portion of this which is great. So many nice detail and different colors on this I’m sure they love it! A+

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 09-26-2012 04:27 PM

I play a little bass here and there, and that one looks quite beefy, and a lot of fun! It’s a very distinct shape, too. The lack of a horn on the upper bout seems to balance out the huge cutaway on the other side of the neck. I love the wood choices.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 09-26-2012 04:34 PM

Sweet. That burl looks like the boiling surface of the sun from some NASA photo.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#5 posted 09-26-2012 05:30 PM

Fantastically beautiful!! Show us more, show us more!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#6 posted 09-26-2012 09:44 PM

Yes, definitely !!! Keep this coming! Awesome work.

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#7 posted 09-27-2012 12:55 AM

that is amazing… I love it..

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#8 posted 09-27-2012 05:03 AM

Thanks guys, I’ll post a couple more as I get time, and as I complete the 17 in the works in my shop….busy busy. I really appreciate all the kind words, I was very proud of how this came out, and even more how well it played and balanced. The Single Cut body style has become a trend for many players in the bass community, and they are not everyones cup of tea, but a great platform for a burl top….LOL BTW this bass still came in at under 10 lbs. total weight, which is respectable for a 5 string with all the heavy woods.

-- a man never fails, he just quits trying.

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#9 posted 09-27-2012 10:49 PM

Nice design!

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#10 posted 10-26-2012 05:10 AM

thats one rippin bass!!!

-- Jeffro,knockonwood

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#11 posted 02-09-2015 04:39 PM

Thank you both

-- a man never fails, he just quits trying.

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