#1
Okay, long time coming, but here goes.

I present to you the custom bass that I set out to create a few years ago.





This bass has had a long development time of around 2 years, during which time I mainly sat around on my arse.

Originally, it was going to look something like this:



with pickups influenced by the Wal bass:



However, for some reason they didn't work. I suspect because the magnets weren't strong enough. Ah well, live and learn.

Right, onto the bass itself - Neck-through four string.
Specs:
Body wood: Ovangkol
Neck woods: Maple with a purpleheart stringer, macassar ebony fretboard
Pickups: Wizard MM style.
Preamp: Aguilar OBP-3 (Vol, Blend, Treble Bass concentric, Mid, Parametic Mid)
Gold hardware and gold frets.





Well, that's pretty much it. I was thinking for sound clips you could suggest a song and I'll record a comparison to it with my Warwick Corvette.

My thoughts on the bass? I used too many bright hard woods. A rosewood fingerboard would, in my opinion, soften the sound and make it slightly more usable.

So what's next for me and bass building?




Is that some quilted maple and mahogany?!?!
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#2
It's finally done! That looks amazing, can't wait for the sound clips
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#3
Not sure about the proportions around the upper waist/horn area. Could've done with a bit more waist, methinks. But it does look beautifully made, that 3rd pic down (with it lying on the floor) really shows off the finish and the grain. Nicely done, sir; you must be proud.
How's the Aguilar for range and adjustability?
#4
The bass control is very powerful. Mid is quite strong as well. The treble seems much more subtle, I'm not sure if I've wired it wrong or something, because it seems out of place when compared to the much more "in your face" of the other controls.

And I agree, the shape could do with a bandsaw taken to it. However, I intend to rectify all the mistakes I made regarding shape etc with the next bass I make.
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#5
Wow! That looks great.

Are you going to give custom pickups another whirl at some point or are the MM ones ballin' enough?
#6
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The bass control is very powerful. Mid is quite strong as well. The treble seems much more subtle, I'm not sure if I've wired it wrong or something, because it seems out of place when compared to the much more "in your face" of the other controls.

And I agree, the shape could do with a bandsaw taken to it. However, I intend to rectify all the mistakes I made regarding shape etc with the next bass I make.


Actually, the tone shaping sounds pretty spot-on to me. Too much treble can be ruinous...best remove the temptation.
It's all a learning process, so on to the next one, eh?
#7
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Wow! That looks great.

Are you going to give custom pickups another whirl at some point or are the MM ones ballin' enough?


There is a possiblity that I'll try again. However, since Wal's are back in production, I feel a bit bad since I basically ripped off the design The MM's are a bit quieter than I'd like since they're a little far away from the strings, which I may rectify in the future.

Yeah, the next one is planning on being a 5 string Maple/Mahogany/Maple with a neck made of probably maple or walnut and a indian rosewood fretboard. Filter based preamp from ACG and humbuckers from Wizard pickups again.
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#9
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Cheeky question: what was the total cost?


Without tools and screw ups, maybe £500ish?
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#11
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What did you use to finish it?


I used Danish oil.

The 5 string I'm building next is gonna be oiled neck, nitro body.
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#12
It finally exists! And it looks... REALLY nice.
Great job, Chris
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#13
Damn that is quite the sexy bass you have going on. I vaguely remember looking at your concept drawing in a thread quite some time ago. In my opinion it turned out just fine, would like to hear from those sound clips though.
#14
If this was facebook, I'd like this thread.

Looks great Chris
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#18
Ahhhh awesomeee!

I remember your pickups being of much discussion in bass chat back in the day.

Good to see it complete. Looks great - of course there's going to be some things you don't like about it, its the first bass you ever built next one will be better im sure

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#19
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Ahhhh awesomeee!

I remember your pickups being of much discussion in bass chat back in the day.

Good to see it complete. Looks great - of course there's going to be some things you don't like about it, its the first bass you ever built next one will be better im sure


It'll be better now I'm telling him how to improve his current design
#21
Looks great! Cant wait to see what your next 1 looks like.
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#22
Id like to hear dig by mudvayne.
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#23
So Chris, am I right in assuming that final picture is of the beginnings of my bass?
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