This week’s feature build is 19th century style with a modernist take.
Builder Sergey Poedinko writes:
Style and aesthetics came when I tried to imagine how might look like the hi-end custom bass of the 19th century. Things back days were made solid but beautiful. I like the aged look of really old musical instruments so I patinated the hardware and darken the wood. But I don’t like all that scratches and dings associated with heavy used instrument so I didn’t torture the Bass. It’s kind a like a musium exponate or a family treasure passing from generation to generation with great attention and care.
Body and Neck are made of Sapele. It’s our favorite wood because it’s stable, beautiful and diverse in appearance. Pao Ferro is our favorite wood for fingerboards for the same reasons. Construction is set-neck and neck is glued onto the single cut body starting from 11th fret. It makes it much stiffer and stable. Scale is 35″ for the B string and 33″ for G.
For this bass we handwound special Quad Pickup with four coils on Neodymium magnets. They’re all hidden under the ellipse-shaped Pao Ferro cover. This Quad pickup works as two independent noiseless pickups or one super humbucker with series or parallel connection. As always Neodymium pickups are clean and full but this time it’s more lows and mass in sound because we wound coils hotter than we usually do. We paired this pickup with our own recently designed onboard preamp with 2 bands of EQ. With this setup bass is very versatile and can be played in any musical genre.
We made all the hardware (exept Gotoh tuners) of solid Brass and specially patinated it for the authentic aged look.
Bridge is really weighty for the best string-to-body energy transference.
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