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The long awaited BOTM on Orlando’s 8-String Fretless Bass.

Story by: Orlando
Illustrations: Orlando
Design and Concept: Frank Gary
Original Idea: Orlando

Now there once was a boy, who wanted a bass that could do it all. Awesome sound, doubled strings, amazing slides, and gut wrenching lows. After searching and searching he found that no such bass yet existed, so he decided to build one. He knew he could not take this all on by himself so he gathered a fellowship (if you will), The Fellowship of the Bass.

Dad – Master Woodworker
Brother – Master Electronics
Boy – Master designer and project finance.

They slaved for two long years, but the fruit of their labor was this!


The Bass that restored balance to the Force! I mean, destroyed the ring, or… something.

Anywho, body is made outta Purpleheart as seen in these old pictures…



The Bridge is from www.Warmoth.com:
#2
The pickups is a 6-string pickup from EMG, it is actually two pickups inside one soapbar case, a single coil, and a humbucker operated of a push-pull switch.


We did all the electronics through the back so there is no ugly pickguard to distract from the natural beauty of the wood:


And it has a heavy duty trussrod that we obtained from www.Stewmac.com along with the tuners and string retainers:


The nut in that image was also obtained from stewmac.

Now as I have already said, the body is one piece of Solid Purpleheart, cut in two then glued together, the neck on the other hand is a piece of Purpleheart, along with 4 slats of maple all glued together.
#3
And is held in with 6 ferrules on the backside of the body (Dur!):



Now this being a Fretless bass, I needed some help on the fretting end of it, which you will see my wonderful fretting system involving white-out right here:


And here is the complete Backside of my bass, I guess you can use this to admire the Oil finish on it.


And here’s a picture of it with its original neck that we found out was to thin:


The Purpleheart did a miraculous job of boosting my lows, and the mids are also boosted through that deal. This entire bass was created by us, including the neck, and nut. I do not advise doing the nut by yourself though, and this brings us to the downside of our fellowship, in any journey there are casualties, and in this one that casualty is position number 1, and 2.

Because we had to carve the nut ourselves, the quality of it is not that of professionals, like the rest of the bass. And because the nut sets so high at 1st, and 2nd, positions, I cannot play them very well. And also since the bridge is set so I can attempt position 2 with about a 60% success, I loose my E strings after 12th, and my A’s after about 15, and D’s about 17th, yet my G’s can go all the way to 24 with no real problems.


There you can see how High it sets up, and in the recording Labeled problems, you’ll hear the blahness of it.

Other than those playing problems the bass turned out pretty much as planed, the headstock was a jumble, but everything ended up working out fine on it. Recordings should be up on my page in about an hour or so, if not they’ll be up tomorrow.

And that my children is the story of The Fellowship of the Bass.
Thankyou for your time.
#4
But, *sniffs* but it's still my time

Nice bass though.
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#5
Nice!
That Purpleheart wood looks amazing, shame about the nut problem though!


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#6
and then the fellowship realised that after those two years of hard work! you can buy a rogue 8 string for $200 dollars!
#8
not an 8 string fan, but I wouldn't mind playing this one. it looks very nice. bet its nice and heavy too.
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#9
*checks calendar*

Aw just kidding Orlando. I can see why you were excited to post this up. Very nice job and I'll have to listen to the clips once I get home and or you get them posted up on your profile.

Purpleheart is really a beautiful wood for basses--and yours is proof.
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Great job, I love home-made basses. There's nothing more impressive than something built entirely by hand, especially something as uncommon as an 8 string fretless. Shame about the nut, but it can be replaced or fixed relatively easily. You seemed to have done the most difficult things well, so that's what matters. Plus, purpleheart is damn sexy
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#12
excellent first build. i like the sound of 8 (doubled) strings. the bass looks great, although the head design creates some odd angles, and string trees will effect the sustain. i would also re-do the nut, moving the strings closer to the fingerboard. having said that, you have my respect for seeing a difficult project through, to completion. i am envious of your combined talents.
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#13
Very nice bass. The wood looks stunning. Though, I'm guessing it's quite heavy?
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#15
Besides the white-out and the bad range, you should be very proud of your work.
Very nice work and very sexy bass

Cheers!
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#16
that looks really really awsum

its a real pity about the nut

by the way how much did it end up costing?
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Oh, I forgot to tell you about the wonderful weight! As most of you know, Purpleheart is one of the most dense woods out there, so with the and all the added hardware and neck it comes in at a light 20lbs.

A bunch of my reciets were accidently thrown away, so the most accurate estimate I can give is maybe $600? Give or take $100, but it was well worth it. The nut problem really hasn't dappened me too much yet, we were going to have a proffessional do the nut, but he chickened out, he thought the neck wouldn't hold all the tension, and he didn't think the G string was going to fit on the neck.

So we ended up taking some of my old strings and running them across the nut to erode it away and end up with the same size gauge. That was not fun...
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Is that a single or a double acting truss-rod?

Because you might get problems with the fact that you've only got one trussrod in there.

How's the neck sitting?
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Double acting, it's super duty, it was original designed for 12-string guitars I think, but then was adopted for 6-string basses, and other heavy duty jobs.

Plus it's sitting in a strip of Purpleheart. Which brings up an intresting story, when we were cutting that strip in the neck, our tablesaw blade actually got stuck in the wood.

Now, I'm thinking something that can stop 3,000 rpm's of a blade made to cut through wood like Narco through butter, can help support a couple hundred pounds of pressure. At least that was my dad and I's thinking.
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Ah, that's cool. I've got a strip of Purpleheart in my bass build. Damn, it's more purple than I thought .

Got stuck? Ouch. Hopefully mine won't have that problem. Would be amusing if it did though .

Anyway, it's a nice build. Hope mine turns out as well as yours did. What did you finish the body in?
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#22
Tru Oil, good stuff, I used it to re-finish the fingerboards on my other two basses, stuff is really nice, but for my fretless I have to re-finish the neck after a major gig, unfortunately I haven't had a major gig yet with it.

The fingerboard is Ebony, forgot to mention that, and I'm getting ready to upload a couple of rushed sound clips.
#23
Oh sweet jesus. Gorgeous bass, great job.
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#24
Good stuff, man. I have to ask, though - how's the intonation on both strings? I could imagine you have to play very, very carefully to get the string and it's octave to sound the same exact note.
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#25
^That's what I thought, but no! It's actually just like playing a regular 8-string, as long as you don't bend them, they sound perfect. Now playing power chords on the other hand where you bar them with one finger, that's pretty hard.
#26
SORT OF WANT

Purpleheart = yay!!!!
Crappy nut = No!!!!
8 strings = Ehhhhh!!!!
GHOST BLOWJOB!
WHOOO! WOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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Purpleheart = yay!!!!
Crappy nut = No!!!!
8 strings = Ehhhhh!!!!


What the eff?
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Oh, I forgot to tell you about the wonderful weight! As most of you know, Purpleheart is one of the most dense woods out there, so with the and all the added hardware and neck it comes in at a light 20lbs.

wow... I gotta play this thing, with a good thick strap that'll be amazing.

heavy basses! yay!
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#32
http://www.rondomusic.com/hxb408fretless.html

A decent 8 string fretless bass, at a good price.

Check it out. On that bass, you can get low action, a decently cut nut and the strings stay on the fretboard! On your bass, you don't get any of that. Sorry, but I think your bass is horrible.
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#33
To me, the idea of a Double Strung bass is absolutely rediculous, but alas, a good quality bass this looks to be.
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http://www.rondomusic.com/hxb408fretless.html

A decent 8 string fretless bass, at a good price.

Check it out. On that bass, you can get low action, a decently cut nut and the strings stay on the fretboard! On your bass, you don't get any of that. Sorry, but I think your bass is horrible.


My strings stay on my bass just fine...?
But everyone's entitled to their opinion. Even if it's wrong tehe!
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http://www.rondomusic.com/hxb408fretless.html

A decent 8 string fretless bass, at a good price.

Check it out. On that bass, you can get low action, a decently cut nut and the strings stay on the fretboard! On your bass, you don't get any of that. Sorry, but I think your bass is horrible.


This is a homemade bass, not a pro made one. It obviously not going to be amazing.

Sorry, But i think your comment was a bit jerk-ish
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#36
Oh, I intended it to come off as jerkish.
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your freakin ugly bud

do you have cancer?
#38
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Oh, I intended it to come off as jerkish.

well you succeeded.
now shut up.
if you did that to me in person, or to a friend of mine, you would have been slapped. that was rude, and you know, some people want to make stuff. let them.
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#39
Haha, I love when people talk about what they would do in person...

Now that I've taken a second look at the bass I think he could make an excellent employee over at this "luthier's" shop.

http://wishbass.com/gallery.html
Originally posted by Fendon
your freakin ugly bud

do you have cancer?
#40
you do realize he's a mod, right?

you gonna get banned...
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