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Project by Anthony posted 10-15-2013 at 08:15 AM 1280 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Being both a woodworker as well as a musician I had often dreamed of combining those two hobbies so I finally did on this build.

I had a chance to pick up some Curly Waterfall Bubinga and thought it would make an awesome guitar. I used a pre-made neck from Carvin guitars (I also purchased the majority of the hardware and electronics for the bass from Carvin). It features active/passive electronics for a wide tonal range.

The body wings are a laminate of the Bubinga and Swamp Ash, both are excellent tone woods. The neck is Maple with a Rosewood fingerboard and features Abalone block inlays.

The finish on the bass is simply 5 coats of Tung oil.

It is an amazing instrument and is pretty much my main bass to play live. It is very well balanced and sounds awesome.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"





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BTimmons

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#1 posted 10-15-2013 at 08:28 AM

Fantastic! Speaking as a fellow bass guy, I’m more than a little jealous.

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

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JR_Dog

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#2 posted 10-15-2013 at 09:35 AM

Some day I’ll venture down this road… I’ve always wanted to build a guitar; not that I play but certainly admire those who do and the instrument itself. If I ever get a chance to do what you did it will make for a once in a lifetime gift for a loved one.

Take care and keep rock’n that Bubinga!

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Mike

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#3 posted 10-15-2013 at 10:34 AM

Being a fellow bass player / woodworker myself, let me say that is freaking awesome!! I am drooling all over my phone screen right now! I am hoping to venture down this same road very soon. I have been doing a ton of research on designs and such & yours just made my day!

-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

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Ripthorn

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#4 posted 10-15-2013 at 12:16 PM

Welcome to the addiction, I’m 14 guitars in and still have no intention/desire/will power to stop. Looks good!

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

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489tad

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#5 posted 10-15-2013 at 12:46 PM

Great looking bass, congratulations. I checked out your web site. Nice play list and you guys sound good too.

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

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Anthony

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#6 posted 10-15-2013 at 01:31 PM

Thanks 489tad. I have been very happy with the bass. I have all manner and brands of different bass guitars in my stable but this one gets the most playing time.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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Jofa

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#7 posted 10-15-2013 at 02:22 PM

Oh that is just fantastic!!!!!!! Seriously beautiful work. One of these days I’ll give it a try.

Play it well!

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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TysonK

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#8 posted 10-15-2013 at 03:07 PM

That is just lovely! Beautiful guitar.

-- -- Tyson

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deltawing

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#9 posted 10-15-2013 at 04:22 PM

Great Build > what brand of music do you play with that 4 string ??

-- > It takes a long time to become a child - Picasso <

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rdwile

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#10 posted 10-15-2013 at 05:11 PM

This looks like a grab bag of all the dream components in one bass. If you have this guy, you don’t need any other. Nice design and execution on the woodwork as well. Excellent effort, congrats on a well-built instrument.

Rich

-- Richard D. Wile, http://richard-wile.blogspot.ca/

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Anthony

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#11 posted 10-15-2013 at 06:59 PM

Deltawing, my band Bad Mojo does mostly classic rock cover music but also do some original material.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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LeroyTheLips

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#12 posted 10-15-2013 at 07:21 PM

It’s a beaut!

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dnick

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#13 posted 10-15-2013 at 08:12 PM

Love it. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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Scomel Basses

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#14 posted 10-16-2013 at 06:05 AM

Nice job!

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Ken90712

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#15 posted 10-16-2013 at 10:05 AM

A real beauty! Great work, that would be a fun build.

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

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