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Another 27" Short Scale Mini Bass (but with LEDs)

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This will be a little less detailed build diary as it is very similar to my previous build. I'm really enjoying playing the other bass so I'm making another 27" headed fretted mini bass with a spalted beech body, maple neck and ebony fretboard.

This one will differ as I will use a different type of pickup and will fit LED side dots. I was trying to decide which colour LEDs (red, white or blue) but was told quite clear by Mrs_the_gut that they must be white. So that bit of the specification is fixed!! there will be a couple of other little differences but I'll detail them when it gets to the appropriate stage in the build.

 

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Why not green and red so you’re ready for Christmas?

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Probably because she knows I'm all 'Bah-humbug'....

And this was my previous attempt at a Christmas tree...

RCwmnMu.jpg?3

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I started detailing the new build in the other thread - this is what I'd written previously:

Nice to have a day off today. Been working on another 27" bass in spalted beech again. Had a piece left from the previous bass so marked it up for cutting - odd shape but sufficient for his build.

First, I placed the templates on to work out which was would avoid any of the knots or faults in the wood and look the best when done (always a bit of a guess with spalted beech when you are going to carve some of it as it changes pattern throughout it's thickness)

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Then marked the line to cut:

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and ended up with this which lines up quite nicely across the join:

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I've also been practicing making scarf joints and have a nice selection of blanks for a neck:

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I've got another body glued up made from ash which may also get turned into one of these.

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I am planning on using plain maple for the neck and an ebony fretboard but the last photo has the necks I'm making next to the spalted beech body so I thought it might be good to look at what goes together as I keep eyeing up the padauk one,,

I suppose this is the process we all go through to decide what looks good together. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but somethings go better together than others!! Here's a bunch of pictures of some different woods I had to hand just to give an idea. 

Stuff that looks nice (to me):

Spalted beech / maple / ebony (my plan)

XzIcEfA.jpg

Spalted beech / padauk / ebony

ZHeRHBX.jpg

Spalted beech / birds eye maple / ebony

2cLxjng.jpg

Spalted beech / maple / marble wood

qu3eOjR.jpg

Spalted beech / maple / wenge

cUAiBNl.jpg

Spalted beech / maple / ovangkol

QA2suti.jpg

Other combinations of woods:

Spalted beech / maple / flamed maple (fretboard just looks wrong to me)

MrDmtfQ.jpg

Swamp ash / purple heart

XmcH3zm.jpg

poplar burr / Sapele?

vBBDIRi.jpg?1

unknown hardwood (from Frank Blank) / flamed maple / birdseye maple / ebony / maple

dPukoot.jpg?1

Frank's wood / ovangkol / pafdauk / purpleheart / maple

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As an example, to me the burr, flamed maple and swamp ash in this picture just shouldn't be next to each other (too much going on):

pn1iVrs.jpg?1

I like the flamed maple next to the Sapele but not next to the spalted beech

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15 hours ago, Jabba_the_gut said:

Probably because she knows I'm all 'Bah-humbug'....

And this was my previous attempt at a Christmas tree...

RCwmnMu.jpg?3

I’ll show my kids - take a straw poll...

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My tuppence worth...

With such a highly figured body too much coloured/figuring could be too overpowering. I think the ebony board and maple neck is the "best" permutations - similar colour palette. 

XzIcEfA.jpg

IMO, the Bloodwood and Paduak, though very decorative, don't add anything - they detract because they colours are featured in the body. If you are committed to using them maybe introduce the colours as a sunburst??

 

jabbas padua ebony.png

Or by adding the Paduak tone to emphasise the grain?

 

jabbas ebony paduak highlighted.png

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Cheers Mick. I'm not thinking of doing anything in terms of adding colour to the body - I've not tried a sunburst yet but I'll save that for another time. Looking like sticking with the plan of a plain maple and ebony neck.

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4 hours ago, Jabba_the_gut said:

I am planning on using plain maple for the neck and an ebony fretboard but the last photo has the necks I'm making next to the spalted beech body so I thought it might be good to look at what goes together as I keep eyeing up the padauk one,,

I suppose this is the process we all go through to decide what looks good together. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but somethings go better together than others!! Here's a bunch of pictures of some different woods I had to hand just to give an idea. 

Stuff that looks nice (to me):

Spalted beech / maple / ebony (my plan)

XzIcEfA.jpg

Spalted beech / padauk / ebony

ZHeRHBX.jpg

Spalted beech / birds eye maple / ebony

2cLxjng.jpg

Spalted beech / maple / marble wood

qu3eOjR.jpg

Spalted beech / maple / wenge

cUAiBNl.jpg

Spalted beech / maple / ovangkol

QA2suti.jpg

Other combinations of woods:

Spalted beech / maple / flamed maple (fretboard just looks wrong to me)

MrDmtfQ.jpg

Swamp ash / purple heart

XmcH3zm.jpg

poplar burr / Sapele?

vBBDIRi.jpg?1

unknown hardwood (from Frank Blank) / flamed maple / birdseye maple / ebony / maple

dPukoot.jpg?1

Frank's wood / ovangkol / pafdauk / purpleheart / maple

38S8pYo.jpg

As an example, to me the burr, flamed maple and swamp ash in this picture just shouldn't be next to each other (too much going on):

pn1iVrs.jpg?1

I like the flamed maple next to the Sapele but not next to the spalted beech

6qwshlC.jpg

QVlMoB8.jpg?1

Spoilt for choice :)

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I get and understand the ebony maple combo. But the Purpleheart brings THE FUNK!

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No idea - they all look good.  But - wow again for that spalt!!!

Looking forward to seeing how this fares :)

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