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Hi All,

Am new to the Forum but I have just ordered a custom 5 string Zoot Funkmeister from Mike Walsh so thought I'd document the progress here!  It's my 40th Birthday present to myself, and can't wait to see it start taking shape.

Spec is:

Body: Funkmeister shape in American swamp ash, Bookmatched flame maple top with high gloss sunburst finish. Leo Quan Badass bridge with string through. Jazz style Tort Scratch plate and chrome control plate and hardware.

Neck and Fingerbaord: Canadian Rock Maple, Black blocks inlays and binding. 47mm nut width, 3+2 headstock, Warwick MK1 Brass Just-A-Nut.

Electrics: Aguilar AG-5J-70 pick ups. Klaus Noll 3 band EQ with Parametric mid, Bass, treble, pickup blend and active/passive options.  18vdc via a Gotoh 18vdc double quick change battery box.

We may make some tweaks to that as we progress, but thats the starting point.  Mike is pretty busy at the moment but hoping it will be ready before the end of the year.  Thankfully I am only about 15 minutes from Mike's workshop so will be able to pop in regularly.

Updates to follow...

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Mike has a four string for sale on eBay currently...I think that whoever commissioned the bass paid the deposit then couldn't afford the rest of the payments.

Their loss I suppose (not only financially)..

I'm sure you'll enjoy your new bass...

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Indeed.  I was really tempted but it's 32" scale 4 string and I really want a 34"  5 string!

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2 hours ago, TheGreek said:

Mike has a four string for sale on eBay currently...I think that whoever commissioned the bass paid the deposit then couldn't afford to the rest of the payments.

Their loss I suppose (not only financially)..

I'm sure you'll enjoy your new bass...

Hi, and thanks for mentioning the bass that was for sale on eBay earlier this week.  This particular bass was in fact a bass I built as a demo/stock bass and was not a commissioned bass.  Regards, Mike. 

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Mike is on to shaping the body now!!  Love the detail of adding the dark veneer between the body and the bookmatched top!








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