The feature bass this week is from a builder who decided to stop waiting, worked up the courage to build his own bass, and the end result was amazing.
Builder Rudy Candia writes:
I have been a woodworker for several years and have dreamt of building bass guitars for a long time but I was too scared to try; like a wee little girl. A few months ago I decided that it was time to stop talking about what I wanted to do and start doing what I had been talking about. This is the very first bass guitar that I have built.
I call this model the Black Mamba and it has a mohagany body and a wedge top. The back is lacquered but I chose to leave an open pore look so that you can still feel the wood. The wedge top is just oiled, not lacquered because I wanted to cover the wonderful texture of this beautiful wood.
The neck is a five piece laminate of maple with Purple Heart stringers. This is a fretless bass and the finger board is also wenge with a CA glue coating on it; wenge is just too porous to make a good finger board without the CA coating. The headstock cap is also wedge which, along with the black Bartonlini soap bars, and the Black Beauty strings gives the front of the bass a blacked out look. Hence the name Black Mamba. I am also building the same model with black hardware and I call that model the Black Mamba Murder model.
As I mentioned, this bass has Bartolini single coil pickups and an Aguilar OBP3 preamp that I bought from Best Bass Gear. It also has Gotoh tuners and some really sick looking gold knobs with abalone inlays. Within three days of completing this bass I showed it to one of my bass player friends and he placed an order for a Black Mamba Murder bass. Funny story, I was showing it to him in his office and one of his co workers was in the room; an older man about 60. When my friend said, “I’ll take it,” the older man said, “I’ll take one too.” I asked if he was serious and he said “yes, I don’t play but I do have some guitars hanging on my walls as decorations and this thing is so pretty I want to hang it on my wall.” Needless to say I left that meeting in a very good mood and am highly encouraged to continue building bass guitars. I hope you like.
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