Bass Number 2

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Project by Obi posted 06-08-2008 09:37 PM 2494 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was actually the third bass but the second one got sidelined after I started this one and then got placed on fourth string when the neck of the second bass turned into the third because the neck fit another body better so the second body got stuck farther down the line.

This is a mahogany back with a slice of purple heart and then a slice of Cherry. This is where the first transformation/alteration took place. Wanting to put on a purple heart fretboard and a purple heart head cap the Cherry body looked like a turd covered in chocolate, so I put a second piece of Purple Heart over it to make it all look the same.

The body style is what I call the “Hang Loose” and I’m putting active precision (P) bass pickups and jazz (J) bass pickups so it’s what I call a Hang Loose P B & J Neck Through (NT).

I’m trading sliced Black Walnut Burl in exchange for the fret work and the electronics so it’s at the Luthier’s getting a fret job. And he’s going to so the finish.

I did all the shaping and design of the guitar up to this point and I’ll post it when it gets farther along.

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#1 posted 06-08-2008 09:57 PM

Another “Obi Special.” I like the laminations on the through-body neck.

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#2 posted 06-08-2008 10:35 PM

Looking great Obi. thanks for the info. Can we see a side view. You’ve shown front and back.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 06-08-2008 11:06 PM

I lost all my pictures when i formatted my computer last week and the guitar is across town getting a fret job. I’ll take some more pictures tomorrow when I go do some head cap shaping tomorrow. He has a disc sander and I have to go over there to do some special sanding. He also has a “modified” drum sander that i use to do the back of the head stock.

Just to let you know when you make a guitar the fret board is “radiused”. The top of the fret board has an arch or radius shaped on it. Since I’ve never done a fret job yet, he offered to do it (for the afore mentioned walnut) and the frets also need to be smoothed on the sides. As a friend he knows how much this guitar is going to be worth and so I think he wants to make sure i don’t mess anything up. He told me that this instrument is going to be worth between $4,000.00 and $5,000.00. So I’m going to let him do all the stuff he needs to do to make sure it’s worth every penny.

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#4 posted 06-08-2008 11:34 PM

I detest radiusing. I only have concave blocks and sandpaper. It is time-consuming grunt work. You have a good friend Obi.

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#5 posted 06-09-2008 01:49 AM

Yeah, a friend that wants 20 slices of Black Walnut Burl. But the burl was free and it only cost me $85.00 to get it cut by treebones, but when you look at a fret job as being about $300.00 and the Active Electronics about $300.00 and the tuning keys about $100 and the bridge and the bone nut and the finish… I think I’ll get my $85.00 worth.

And he is a good friend.

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#6 posted 06-09-2008 04:41 AM

so what will be the FIRST song you play on this gorgeous bass?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 06-09-2008 06:08 AM

It all depends on what is on the song list at church during the week that it’s completed… I’ll get back to ya Mattie.

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