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  1. This is a five string Gibson Thunderbird Studio from 2005. Gibson hasn't offered many five string bass models over the years. This is one of the very few official releases. The traditional Thunderbird design was changed on the Studio version (both four-string and five -string): the body shape is slightly smaller and the edges are rounded off. A major change in the construction is the use of a glued in neck rather than the traditional Thunderbird neck through construction. And the use of the 3D bridge is also a deviation to the previously used bridges on Thunderbirds. The Thunderbird Studio is featured on page 138-139 in The Gibson Bass Book by the way.
  2. Headstock on my latest creation, the ThinLine Telebird. Colour is Seafoam Green, same as the top of the body.
  3. Not all my bass guitars. But a family shot of the Les Paul Bass with all its siblings and other relatives. From left to right: - Pearl Export Bass. Modified with Gibson lo-z bass humbucker in the middle position and Gibson lo-z guitar humbucker at the bridge - Revelation RLB. Les Paul Bass copy - Gibson Les Paul Bass prototype. Modified with Badass bridge and Gotoh Res-o-lite tuners - BaCH short scale semi-acoustic. Modified with Gibson lo-z bass humbuckers - Epiphone Jack Casady Signature bass. Modified with Gibson lo-z bass humbucker - Fake Gibson Les Paul Bass. Built by myself. With Gibson lo-z guitar humbuckers and original wiring - Gibson Les Paul Bass aka Triumph. limited edition - Gibson Les Paul Bass
  4. A new bass is born! I proudly present the Brooks Thinline Telebird. - Two piece Swamp Ash body. Half hollow - Two piece Swamp Ash top. With f-hole - 7ender P-bass neck with Pau Ferro fingerboard - Sea Foam Green top. - Artec Mudbuckers - 34" scale - Wide travel Thunderbird bridge plus tailstop. Chrome - Pearloid pickguard - Tortoise binding - Hipshot Ultralite tuners. Chrome - CTS Volume pot - CTS Tone pot - 5 way super switch - Chrome flat top barrel knobs - Telecaster jack cup. Chrome - Rotosound 66 Swing bass strings 45-105 - Weight 4.1 kg Wiring by BQ Music: • Neck humbucker in series • Outer coils as humbucker in series • Both humbuckers in series • Inner coils as humbucker in series • Bridge humbucker in series Pics of the entire build process can be viewed here: https://www.enkoo.nl/brooks-thinline-telebird.html #brooksbass #thinline #TeleBird I also made a demonstration video of the Brooks Thinline Telebird. This bass really sounds amazing. Very responsive. Hard to catch the real sound with my limited recording devices...
  5. The company that makes the bridge sets for the 12-string basses that I build, is ETS Hardware from Germany. They made a bridge set for a 24-string bass. So I guess anything is possible. 🤪 One of the most ridiculous bass guitars I have ever seen in my life, actually...
  6. I guess that is possible, yes. But the bridge and tailpiece would be a costly affair, since they'd have to be custom made. But who on earth has hands that big and strong to play an 18 string bass? My fingers have a hard time at 12 strings already! In my defense: I'm not an experienced 12-string player (as you probably can tell by the sloppy playing in the video) 😉
  7. That is serious money! 😮 The TB-12 cost less than half...
  8. I have just completed the build of a new twelve string Thunderbird bass. The entire build process is documented here: https://www.enkoo.nl/brooks-tb-12.html Brooks TB-12 - Mahogany body wings - Nine ply Mahogany/Walnut set neck. Neck through - Opaque white (blonde) high gloss finish - Abalonoid binding - Ebony fretboard - Circle position dots - Jumbo frets - 34" scale - Buffalo horn nut - Three ply black/white/black pickguard - ETS twelve string brass bridge set - Two spokewheel double action trussrods - Carbon reinforcement strip in the neck - Lace Alumitone Bass Bar in the neck position - Lace Alumitone DeathBar in the bridge position - Allparts stacked pots (volume/tone volume/tone) - Mullard capacitors - MEC on-on switch for coil split (humbucker-single coil) - Gotoh GB 350 lightweight bass tuners - Gotoh Stealth ST 31 guitar tuners - 2 x Pure Tone Multi Contact jack output - d'Addario EXL 170 - 12 strings - Weight: 4.25 kg Wiring was done by BQ Music.
  9. Woke up this morning to see that my book is featured in Australian guitar talkshow 'On the Couch". Very nice to get this kind of appreciation from Down Under! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UwSF2uE_8w
  10. Here are a few of my headstocks:
  11. The first time I used the Lace Alumitones was on the first twelve string bass I built. I was looking for a humbucker that has bar magnets that are wide enough to pick up all the strings equally as good. Many bass humbuckers with bar magnets are a bit on the narrow side. But Lace offers the Bass Bars in several widths (3.5', 4", 4.5"). Which made me curious about those. I checked a few YouTube videos and decided to try them out. I was pleasantly surprised. They have a very high output level (even though they're passive). Are dead silent (no hum whatsoever, even in single coil mode). They sound very even across the tonal spectrum. And I think they look pretty cool too. I've used them on a regular four string bass too.
  12. Latest addition to the family of black basses
  13. Yeah, my bad. My head was in the Thunderbird shapes. But your description was spot on EB-0 Bird. Still regret selling that one...
  14. Did I build that? 🤔 You mean the Telebird perhaps? Or the EB-TB? That must be the one you're thinking of!
  15. Got a new bass build ready. TB-12-Q Twelve string Thunderbird Bass with Quilted Maple top. - Mahogany body - Bookmatched Quilted Maple top - Nine ply Mahogany/Walnut set neck. Glued in - Transparent black stain - High gloss transparent acrylic finish - White binding - Ebony fretboard - Mother of pearl position dots - Jumbo frets - 34" scale - Buffalo horn nut ? - ETS twelve string brass bridge set - Two spokewheel double action trussrods - Carbon reinforcement strip in the neck - Lace Alumitone Bass Bar in the neck position - Lace Alumitone DeathBar in the bridge position - Allparts stacked pots (volume/tone volume/tone) - Mullard capacitors - MEC on-on switch for coil split (humbucker-single coil) - Gotoh GB 350 lightweight bass tuners - Gotoh Stealth ST 31 guitar tuners - 2 xPure Tone Multi Contact jack output - d'Addario EXL 170 - 12 strings - Weight: 4.25 kg Electronics circuit by my good friend Bas Becu. Serialnumber: 2021003 Pics of the build process can be found here: https://www.enkoo.nl/brooks-tb-12-q.html
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