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Old 11-16-2012, 04:00 PM   #1
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I suppose I'll start off with the history of this bass. A good friend's guitar teacher also builds guitars and had this build laying around from a former student. I guess the dude bought all the wood and the fretboard and it already had the body, neck, and a pickup route shaped out. I did get to design the headstock though. After buying all of these materials he abandoned the build so I was able to pick up it up for $50. This was around 3 years ago, but we didn't start doing a lot of work on it until this past year. It is now complete so enjoy the final result!






Specs: All mahogany with maple down the center
String through body
Ebony fretboard
24 XJ frets
34" scale
Gold MOP dot inlays
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MM5TW EMG Pickup (master volume and tone controls)
Grover straplocks
Custom made brass nut

It plays very well, but this thing is very big and heavy. Sounds great as well although the B and E strings are a bit boomy. I may have to adjust the pickup or just some EQ work to get a better sound. If any 5 string experts can comment on this I'm open to some advice seeing as this is my first fiver. Overall I was able to build this fairly cheaply and I learned a lot about the building process so I'm very pleased with how it turned out.
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:09 PM   #2
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Very nice! And an ebony fretboard! Well done, sir! Well done!

HNCBD! Have a blast with it!
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:58 PM   #3
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Well done--and enjoy! The gold hardware is a nice touch.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:32 PM   #4
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HNCBD!

Anyways you need to lower your pickup on the B and E side. Cutting some of the lows from your EQ and boosting hi-mids should relieve with boominess. Also running the pickup at 18v should help with boominess.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:25 PM   #5
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... I'd love to try it!

Happy new self made bass day! enjoy it! How's the string spacing? What about the neck profile?? I'm kinda curious obout those thing since i learnt which kind of necks makes me happy...
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:50 AM   #6
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HNBD!

Judging by your name and the look of the bass...is this Entwistle inspired in anyway? I mean, of course you didn't get to choose the body shape and such, but it does seem like something entwistle would use in his later years
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:56 PM   #7
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... I'd love to try it!

Happy new self made bass day! enjoy it! How's the string spacing? What about the neck profile?? I'm kinda curious obout those thing since i learnt which kind of necks makes me happy...

The string spacing is 17mm. I can't give you any exact measurements on the neck but it is very wide and thin as well. I would compare it to a wider ESP.


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Judging by your name and the look of the bass...is this Entwistle inspired in anyway? I mean, of course you didn't get to choose the body shape and such, but it does seem like something entwistle would use in his later years

My username is a spin off of my real name, but I suppose it does remind me of an Entwistle bass. We could have tried to cut a different shape out of the body, but I just went with the crazy body style.
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:01 PM   #8
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If you don't mind me asking, what was the total cost?
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:52 PM   #9
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I think it cost roughly $700-750.
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