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 Post subject: Re: M-Series™ entering production
PostPosted: October 30th, 2010, 3:12 am 
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PostPosted: October 31st, 2010, 11:32 am 
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holy crap rod! forget anything ive ever posted on here about wanting a singlecut bass, when i have the money for a custom bass you have my buisness, one question though, i havent seen any on here or on your site, do you make 6 strings?


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PostPosted: October 31st, 2010, 3:35 pm 
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I used to offer a 33" 6-string single-cut before I closed my shop in mid-2008

fast forward to late 2010 when I will be reworking my earlier neck design to add a 34"/35" scale 6-string version to the M-Series line. I have several builds I need to get to customers before I can begin working the new prototypes and accompanying templates. at my current rate, the first 6-string unit or two should be available by late Spring 2011

at this point in time I don't have plans to offer a 6-string P or J bass clone, since there are several ergonomic issues with their design that would make it difficult to craft a bass with excellent upper fret access that also is not neck heavy without having a bass that weighs-in in the 11.5 - 13+ pound range

for reference - Andrew got to 'play' my 33" single-cut prototype last time he was by. I think he'll agree that my 33" design doesn't suffer the from the floppy B syndrome

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PostPosted: October 31st, 2010, 3:39 pm 
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here's an image of the finished M-Series 5 as it looked before pounding the subs earlier this weekend. all-in-all an absolute success that played even better than I had hoped for

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the Big Splits gave my P-bass serious competition to the point where the P simply spent a show on its stand

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PostPosted: November 2nd, 2010, 12:38 pm 
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i would love to see a pic of that singlecut if you have one handy,on a side note i was at mylocal guitar shop today and i struck up a conversation with this random dude who was trying out basses, we talked for a little bit about basses and i mentioned you and your comapny and i would love to try one, anyways the guy is visting family and hes from out of town and he told me his bass player in a band he plays guitar for has one of your basses and likes it better then the sadowsky he owns,i dont know just thought i would pass on the compliment


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PostPosted: November 2nd, 2010, 12:58 pm 
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thanks for passing along the compliment :)

there is a PM your way re the image

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update on the Redwood/Maple/Redwood sandwich body: it just arrived back from a friend's CNC shop when I had the neck pocket cut

here's the body blank with shiny new neck pocket and wiped with a little Naphtha to highlight that gorgeous Redwood burl top (it's almost a shame that the back side is 98% as stunning as this top side)

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PostPosted: December 12th, 2010, 9:48 am 
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WOW! :shock:
The grain pattern right next to the neck pocket looks like a cat's face. 8-)

Rod, that top looks so good it would be a shame to route any pup cavities in it! Maybe you should make this one a piezo only config and leave that top unrouted! :mrgreen:

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freshly cut edge wiped with a little Naphtha to reveal the figuring

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it only gets better looking from here 8-)

I'm officially on forced leave at my day-job beginning Wed afternoon Dec 15th and running until Jan 3rd. I'm sensing a whole lot of projects nearing completion will be getting wrapped up during this time.

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PostPosted: December 13th, 2010, 9:45 pm 
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that's the trouble with finding stellar figure - you never want to do anything with it that hides or removes some of the figuring. the customer funding this build isn't into piezos :(

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PostPosted: December 17th, 2010, 4:47 pm 
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the first M-Series fretless 4-string rolled out this afternoon

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Koa top on ultra light weight Mahogany body core with contoured heel
Mahogany / acrylized spalted birdseye Maple neck with satin finish
Nordstrand Big Singles pickup set
Passive electronics (optional dual battery boxes for future upgrade potential)
Hipshot Ultralights and Type A alum block bridge

final weight: 7-1/2 pounds :shock:

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PostPosted: December 17th, 2010, 4:56 pm 
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Wow, nice!!


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PostPosted: December 17th, 2010, 5:25 pm 
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to quote ray ramano when he hosted saturday night live "SWEET SASSY MALASEY!"


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PostPosted: December 17th, 2010, 7:43 pm 
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7.5 lbs. :!: that must be some kinda light weight mahogany :!:


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7.5 lbs. :!: that must be some kinda light weight mahogany :!:


yup - high $$$ specially selected Mahogany for this body. definitely NOT Honduran Hog that's for sure. I also liked the chatoyance of this particular board, too bad you can't see just how alive looking it is in the images

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more M-Series Koa goodness ... this time it's a 5-string on extra light weight Mahogany (same Hog as was used on the 4-string above) with a similar black accent veneer in between

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this one is going to be tought to route pickup cavities in ...

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some much-o fantastic-o woods there...

a quote from "fiddler on the roof" " IF I WERE A RICH MAN "

but I'm not... anything with more than 2 zeros on the pricetag is beyond me right now :(

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PostPosted: December 22nd, 2010, 8:30 am 
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Rodent wrote:
more M-Series Koa goodness ... this time it's a 5-string on extra light weight Mahogany (same Hog as was used on the 4-string above) with a similar black accent veneer in between

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this one is going to be tought to route pickup cavities in ...

all the best,

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Maybe you can save the routed wood and get matching pup covers made?


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Rodent wrote:
more M-Series Koa goodness ... this time it's a 5-string on extra light weight Mahogany (same Hog as was used on the 4-string above) with a similar black accent veneer in between

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this one is going to be tought to route pickup cavities in ...

all the best,

R


Stunning! I love the V-neck wood grain running down below the neck pocket.


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Rodent wrote:
for reference - Andrew got to 'play' my 33" single-cut prototype last time he was by. I think he'll agree that my 33" design doesn't suffer the from the floppy B syndrome


Killer B string, I couldn't believe how nice it felt.


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