Monday, 4 February 2013

This handmade Explorer-esque bass is quite an oddity
This hand-made Explorer-like bass is, if not luthier-built, at least assembled by someone with a high degree of woodworking skills. I'm thinking that the hardware and very possibly the neck (the neck plate looks very 1960s/70s Japanese) have come from a donor instrument. However, the truly interesting feature is in the woodwork of the body, which features a sandwich of several types of timber; however rather than running in the direction of the length of the instrument, the sandwiching - and indeed the grain of the wood - has been set at a diagonal. I don't think I've seen a guitar built with the grain of the wood running diagonally before... but maybe you know differently...

Currently being offered for sale on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $499.

G L Wilson

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  1. Looks like the recycled rest of a wooden surfboard. Thus might explain oddity and orientation of the sandwich...
    Anyway, Surfmusic never dies..... :-)

  2. i agree with you Farty McFly but it could also be a good way to spare wood on this kind of instrument. The neck itself seems to be home made as well. Could it be the rest of the surfboard?

  3. I actually really like this, especially the strange way that the headstock is glued to the neck. I'm pretty sure I've seen the same pickup, neck plate and bridge on an early '70s Kent bass. Someone is inevitably going to remove its vintage Fender machine heads in the very near future.

  4. Factory neck with hunk glued on to change the headstock profile. Cool, but not at the asking price.



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