Building a guitar from scratch is a whole different world than repairing a guitar. Being able to do one doesn’t always mean you are able to do the other. Just because I had the skills to repair and restore guitars didn’t mean I had the confidence to design and build my own let alone do one for a customer. All that has changed thanks to Chip Todd, I owe him a lot. What he said to get me started was, “You have the skills and patience so just do it!”
This is a Spalted maple telecaster style body with a Fenderesque peg head short scale fretless bass. It has a flamed maple neck and peg head with an English Sycamore finger board. The design is my own and it plays like a dream. The secret is in knowing how to set them up so they sound and play like a 34″scale regular bass. This is the size of a Fender Strat. It has a very light fast finger board and is balanced beautifully.
I put a lot of thought into the woods as I wanted a certain look. I wanted it my way. Its finish is natural lacquer my preference and the back is a light sunburst as is the back of the neck. Even the neck was carved by hand just like they did it in the old days, a labor of love for sure. Since completing this I have had many bass players play it and love it as I do. In fact, I have had offers to buy it but would never sell my first born! Would you? That has resulted in 2 customers considering having me build them one. Time will tell. If I do another I will do a full documentation of the build for all to see.
I’m partial to a fretless bass and have my long scale basses as well. This, however, is my go to guitar!