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Finally finished semi hollow, set-thru neck long scale bass!

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Finally finished semi hollow, set-thru neck long scale bass!

Postby Adam Gardner » Mon Aug 29, 2016 4:06 pm

I started this project roughly 15 years ago, and it kept getting put on the back burner while I worked on other things. The bass is a 36 inch scale, tuned B-E-A-D
Passive classic Jazz pickups with pickup covers made from scrap from the body, and a piezo pickup under the bridge. The knobs are Magneto(Volume, Volume, Tone), Piezo(Volume, Tone). The front switch is in/out of phase and the back switch is series/parallel for the J-bass pickups. Right now the volume and tone for the piezo just blend into the other pickups, but it doesn't work how I wanted. I'm just going to put a third DPDT switch to switch between magneto/piezo.

The neck is maple/wenge veneer/maple veneer/wenge veneer/white oak with a coco bolo finger board.
The body has a bookmatched purple heart/maple veneer/wenge veneer/Bookmatched maple back with birdseye maple electronics cover.
Ebony knobs, vintage NOS Fender J-Bass fretwire, abalone and MOP inlay. All electronics are shielded. I don't remember where I acquired the tuning machines, but I liked them.
I'm in the process of winding new multi-coil pickups for the bass to experiment with different sounds.
I still need to finish the setup to get the action as low as I prefer. Overall, I'm just thrilled to be able to play this thing after so many years!
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Re: Finally finished semi hollow, set-thru neck long scale bass!

Postby Randolph Rhett » Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:01 pm

Very nice! Marvelously inventive and unique. I see many "unique" guitars where I have to scratch my head and ask "why?" Yours feels like you had a vision and it makes sense. Of course it looks like it belongs in William Murderface's hands, but that's a good thing!
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Re: Finally finished semi hollow, set-thru neck long scale bass!

Postby Dan Smith » Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:28 pm

Coo-ool!
Kinda wicked organic look.
Love it!
Ever-body was kung fu fight-in,
Them kids was fast as light-nin.
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Re: Finally finished semi hollow, set-thru neck long scale bass!

Postby Adam Gardner » Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:51 pm

Thanks! I was going for the unholy love child of Carl Thompson, BC Rich, and Alembic. I spent a long time making sure the bass was comfortable to play while sitting or standing, and that the balance was as neutral as possible. I'd be honored for Murderface to play it. Haha.
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Re: Finally finished semi hollow, set-thru neck long scale bass!

Postby Gordon Bellerose » Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:41 pm

Love the purpleheart and cocobolo. Very nice color scheme.
I need your help. I can't possibly make all the mistakes myself!
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Re: Finally finished semi hollow, set-thru neck long scale bass!

Postby Adam Gardner » Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:07 pm

Here's a video to show the contours of the body.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B99i19 ... sp=sharing
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Re: Finally finished semi hollow, set-thru neck long scale bass!

Postby Bob Francis » Thu Sep 01, 2016 3:07 pm

Nice use of wood combos too!
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