Scomel 5 string Bass Guitar

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Project by Scomel Basses posted 05-01-2013 04:14 AM 2120 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been making musical instruments for over 10 years now. I’ve been playing for 30 years and was a professional throughout my 20’s and early 30’s. Here are a couple bass guitars I just completed and shipped out to their new owners, both of whom live in Florida.

Both feature the same paint color and pickguard, one is fretless and the other is a left-handed fretted 5 string. The bodies are made out of alder, the necks are maple with morado fingerboards and have truss rods and graphite stiffening rods. The necks are glued into the body. I make my own pickups and they are single coils featuring heavy Formvar wire and alnico 5 magnets for a very vintage sound.

I hope to post several more of my instruments in the future. I have several different body styles and construction methods and have also made electric guitars, lap guitars, and electric upright basses.

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#1 posted 05-01-2013 04:25 AM

Beautiful. I love seeing guitars.

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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Scomel Basses

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#2 posted 05-01-2013 04:27 AM

Thanks! I hope to add more. I lost all the photo’s of the instruments I’ve built but will hope to get photo’s from the current owner’s if I can locate them. I’ll be posting more as I build them. The next several will probably be natural wood finishes.

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#3 posted 05-01-2013 05:10 AM

Beautiful Bass great job.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#4 posted 05-01-2013 03:24 PM

Great work! Do you have more than 24 frets? Pretty awesome making your own pick ups too. (I’m a music teacher and performer too).

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#5 posted 05-01-2013 03:32 PM

Beautiful bass, how do you apply your finishes?

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

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#6 posted 05-01-2013 06:02 PM

That’s a real nice guitar. You do nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 05-01-2013 09:10 PM

That is absolutely beautiful! The amount of time and effort you put on it is outstanding! Great job.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#8 posted 05-01-2013 09:14 PM

Thanks for the comments. Kaleb, 24 frets is the standard spec though I’ve done more in the past.

Earlex, up until recently I have been getting my painted finished done by a friend who paints cars. He hasn’t done a very good job on the last few so I’m no longer using him. I would love to do it in-house but don’t have the equipment and would need to build a booth. My next several orders are for natural finishes which most will be an oil. For the model shown above I actually prefer a solid color paint job so I need to get another painter lined up as this is probably my most popular model.

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#9 posted 05-03-2013 03:28 PM

Excellent work on making such fine looking music instrument. Looking forward to see more photos of your amazing guitars.

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#10 posted 05-13-2013 05:26 PM

Great looking basses. Kind of a Jazz bass meets Zon. Do you make your own necks?

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#11 posted 05-13-2013 07:40 PM

Thanks for the comments! I can see where you’d get a Zon connection but his fine basses never crossed my mind when I designed this style. I used to own several Zon’s years ago and they were killer. The jazz bass comment I right on. The jazz is the tone I go for and like the vintage look. This style is a blend between modern and vintage in looks but the tone is definitely more vintage. I make everything you see on the bass except for the bridge, tuners, and knobs.

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