Bass Style I – Onno Gatersleben
Dear ML team,
I hereby subscribe for the gitarrenbau contest 2015.
I have read that you can also join the competition for bass-bausatze.
End of 2014 I bought the E-bass Bausatz Style 1. I had bought some diy kits before at ML-factory, and since my experience was that the quality was consistently good I decided to start a more ambitious project. My plan was to change the body shape, bring a mirrored walnut top onto the body and on the headstock, replace the plastic dots in the neck for pearl dots, and customize the pickups.
During the building I changed my plans. Since I had put so much effort in the woodwork, shaping the body, slim up the neck, bring on the walnut top etc, I decided to also give extra attention to the electronics and hardware. All in order to make in instrument which would look good, has excellent playability and a rich sound. I added Schaller tuners, made a bridge myself from a 4mm thick piece of brass and used the saddles from the Wilkinson bridge which came with the kit. After designing the shape I used the included neck-pickup and rewound the coil, replaced the poles and underlined magnets and put in alnico 5 magnets. That took more work then I thought it would and I decided to change my initial idea for the sound. This resulted in a combination of the revised single-coil double pole neck-pickup combined with a single coil single pole bridge-pickup. The bridge pickup is handmade and handwound by Paul Hendrix from Holland for this project.
Furthermore I polished the frets and oiled the fingerboard. Drilled out the plastic dots in the neck and replaced them for mother of pearl dots. I also added an extra dot at the nut position.
The lacquer of body and neck is a 3 layer pu mix of three colours. The walnut is lacquered with 5 layers of transparent pu.
The overall result is beautiful, and the playability and sound is awesome. A friend of mine played the bass guitar and said: this instrument inspires. I am very happy with the result.
Thanks for all the service, and I hope to hear from you. I have attached 14 pictures of the building process. Have to send them in two emails.
Horrible pictures. Horrible English. All in all not very good.
Wirklich eine schöne Arbeit!
Motiviert mich auch mal einen Bass zu bauen.
Viel Glück beim Contest!
Gewinner Contest 2014
Vielen dank Randolf!