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 #158646  by tnt1234
 Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:48 pm
Spalted maple top over chamber walnut. Maple neck.

Tru oil finish.

Very happy with it. Only big mistake I think is, 22-24 fret access is tough - would redesign lower horn cutout or just make it 21 frets next time. Also, would probably take a little more wood out of the neck, on the angle from the fretboard edge to center line, if yo know what I mean. I think as is, many players will like it, but I prefer a little more triangular neck.

Any way, it sounds killer, and I 'm really happy with it...


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 #158648  by TI4-1009
 Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:52 pm
Nice work!
 #158651  by NQL
 Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:18 am
Nice job! What's the inlay material in the headstock?
 #158652  by tnt1234
 Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:35 am
That's just a decal buried in nitro.

But you guys are inspiring me....next one I think I'll try an inlay....
 #158653  by Jon S.
 Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:34 am
Very sweet!
Last edited by Jon S. on Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:44 am, edited 2 times in total.
 #158655  by tcsned
 Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:19 am
Well done! The spalted maple kinda looks like koa. :cool: :cool: :cool:
 #158680  by hieronymous7
 Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:16 pm
I agree - I think it looks great! I like the triple dot markers at 12 & 24 frets, and the logo on the headstock is very cool!
 #158686  by lovetoboogie
 Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:41 pm
Really nice job. Very graceful body shape. I see you have some excess fretboard behind the nut. Hows the string-over angle to the tuners? Great looking bass!
 #158689  by tnt1234
 Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:47 am
lovetoboogie wrote:Really nice job. Very graceful body shape. I see you have some excess fretboard behind the nut. Hows the string-over angle to the tuners? Great looking bass!
It's a little less than perfect - hence the string tree, and the A string has to be wound low. Next time I think I will angle the headstock.

Thanks for the kind words.