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Special Walnut Fretless Jazz build

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I have wanted to build this bass for a very long time.  I couldn’t find someone  to do the body.  I could have, when I was working, done this myself but am now retired. I had access to more tools where I worked.

Some of the details will come out as they are done.  But it will be as such:

  • Babinga/Babinga fretless neck (Freestone Guitars)
  • Walnut Jazz body with heavy contours (Ray, a builder in California)
  • Wired stereo and possibly stereo/mono
  • Back routed for the controls.
  • More to come on the controls...
  • Tapped J PU’s being built by Tom Brantley 
  • Standard Fender machine heads 
  • Standard bent plate Fender bridge
  • Dunlop strap locks
  • Special PU positions  

Total estimated weight should be around 10 lbs.

More details to come.

 

 

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First some body pics. The body is being built by a builder in California, USA, PM me if interested.  He’s a real nice guy and is very easy to work with.

 

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I was going to finish the body myself, but have decided to let the builder do it.  He uses a product called “ Solarez, I can’t believe it’s not lacquer “

It sounds like it’s pretty easy to use. Here’s a sample.

 

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The Babinga/babinga fretless J neck was made by Freestone guitars.  Tucker Freestone is pretty easy to work with.

Carbon fiber stiffening rods and standard truss rod and an extended fretboard. Abalone markers.  I should have used different markers...though to see.

 

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The body is not book matched.  The pieces came from opposite ends of the board.  But wow! They  look nice together!

 

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Nice....I'll happily "test drive" it for you when it's finished.

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Thanks, it will be a while.  I started this process in November 2020.  
The body PU/neck routes should be started soon.


The PU’s are being built right now.  A pair of tapped  J PU’s. 
Although, I’m have another PU being repaired with that order.  So it might slow it all down.

http://tombrantleyrewinds.com/
 

And... a water slide decal is arriving in today’s mail.

 

Thanks for your interest!

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I’m a simple sort of guy.  I’m using standard Fender machine heads and retainer. And a Fender bent plate threaded rod bridge.

 

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Something other than new shiny chrome surely...

How about aged brass or similar? No idea how easy it is to de-chrome new tuners....

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Gold would be too shiny but would be in the Autumn colour palette hence the bronze recommendation.

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...but I can't find the Elephant's ears version.

Would match the neck and body so well...

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7 minutes ago, TheGreek said:

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...but I can't find the Elephant's ears version.

Would match the neck and body so well...

Purchased already...I’m going to use these.

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Love the wood choice.  I’d like a walnut bodied bass some day.  I also like the contrast of shiny chrome 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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9 hours ago, stereoplayer said:

 

... a water slide decal is arriving in today’s mail.

More lacquer needed but 1st preview.  The neck and body builders.

I don’t care for plain headstocks.  For me anyways.

 

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That body looks lovely. I think walnut is possibly my favourite wood, not overly fancy, just a lovely colour and grain, kind of silky looking. 

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My luthier sent me these pictures.   Progress.

The neck pictured is a test neck.

 

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Many of my skills have turned to suck these days.  I have redone the headstock and decals.  I messed up the lacquer finish again.

 

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