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Re: 5 String Bass Build

PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:59 pm
by Gordon Bellerose
I'm just letting whomever may be following this thread, where I am in the build.
I spent yesterday doing a fret level and dressing on the bass, and another 6 string I'm building at the same time.
Today was wet sand and buff day. Two bodies, two necks.
Been a busy weekend.

More pictures to follow.

Re: 5 String Bass Build

PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:05 pm
by Gordon Bellerose
Alright. I'm done.
Here is a picture of the completed bass. It is simply sitting on a kitchen chair.
Before I welcome your comments, let me tell you a bit about the guitar.
One thing I will say about the bass, despite being a long scale, is very well balanced due to the longer upper horn.

35 inch scale. (I did that for better tone on the bottom B string.)
Top = Flamed Maple
Body = Wenge. Cherry, Hard Maple
Neck = Cherry, wenge, hard maple.
1 3/4 at nut. 3 inch at base. String spacing is a bit closer together at the nut than a Fender. Very nice.
Fret board = Macassar Ebony
Inlay = Abalone
Nordstrand Big Split singles. (like a jazz bass on steroids)
Full Contact Hardware bridge.
250k pots. Vol. Tone. Blend.
Hipshot Ultralight Tuners.

5 String Bass 1.jpg

Re: 5 String Bass Build

PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:13 pm
by Peter Wilcox
That's a beautiful instrument. My only concern would be the security of the upper strap button.

Re: 5 String Bass Build

PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:14 pm
by Beate Ritzert
That's a really beautiful bass.

Re: 5 String Bass Build

PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:50 pm
by Gordon Bellerose
Peter Wilcox wrote:That's a beautiful instrument. My only concern would be the security of the upper strap button.

Peter. I used a long screw in that button. It goes in at least 1 1/4 inches. I hung the whole weight of the bass on it to test it.

Beate Ritzert wrote:That's a really beautiful bass.

Thanks Beate! I will take some more pics of the back of the guitar tomorrow and post them. It is beautiful from the rear also.

Re: 5 String Bass Build

PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:07 pm
by Bob Francis
Really nice Gord!

Re: 5 String Bass Build

PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:47 pm
by Peter Wilcox
Gordon Bellerose wrote:
Peter Wilcox wrote:That's a beautiful instrument. My only concern would be the security of the upper strap button.

Peter. I used a long screw in that button. It goes in at least 1 1/4 inches. I hung the whole weight of the bass on it to test it.


Glad to hear that, Gordon - I'll sleep better tonight. :D

Re: 5 String Bass Build

PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:14 am
by Gordon Bellerose
Peter Wilcox wrote:
Gordon Bellerose wrote:
Peter Wilcox wrote:That's a beautiful instrument. My only concern would be the security of the upper strap button.

Peter. I used a long screw in that button. It goes in at least 1 1/4 inches. I hung the whole weight of the bass on it to test it.


Glad to hear that, Gordon - I'll sleep better tonight. :D

One other thing you can't see is that the end of the upper horn is filed flat just wide enough for the strap button base. It stabilizes it quite a bit.

Re: 5 String Bass Build

PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:53 pm
by Gordon Bellerose
Here are the promised pics of the rear of the bass.

Finished Rear 1.jpg


Finished Rear 2.jpg


Finished Rear 3.jpg

Re: 5 String Bass Build

PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:52 pm
by Peter Wilcox
I really, really like your neck/body join. That curve just naturally flows around the perimeter; the matching of the body and neck stripes is perfect. If it weren't for the screws, I'd think it was a neck thru build. You've done a fantastic job, and a really nice design!

Re: 5 String Bass Build

PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:15 pm
by Gordon Bellerose
Thanks very much Peter. I didn't know how this was going to turn out when I started.
Well, I kinda did, but you never know when its the first one you build.

Re: 5 String Bass Build

PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:45 am
by Frederiek de Vette
Oh wow!! Congratulations! It's stunning :shock:

How does it play? How does it SOUND??

Re: 5 String Bass Build

PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:29 pm
by Gordon Bellerose
I have now had the instrument for a few months, and a number of guys look at it.
They love the tone, and the feel of the neck.
They say the balance is great too, but they are musicians, and musicians are infamously broke.
Someone will buy it. Just gotta find the right person!

Re: 5 String Bass Build

PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:12 am
by Gerry Beckles
Just stumbled on your build.... such clean work! Hope you found a buyer.

Re: 5 String Bass Build

PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:34 am
by Dan Smith
Great work Gordon!

Re: 5 String Bass Build

PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:37 pm
by Bob Francis
My comments are like Peter's.
I had to look twice at the neck join it is really nice looking Gordon.

Re: 5 String Bass Build

PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:53 am
by Gordon Bellerose
Thanks for the nice comments.
It has been a while since I finished the bass, and it has been to only one show.
There are three shows coming up in September, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will find a good home.