The Daylighter Bass

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  1. dougk

    dougk Silver Supporting Member

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    I get requests for basses from time to time and occasionally I have to subject the poor world to my own bass playing... so I figure its time to do a Daylighter bass.

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    Here's the concept. 6 bolt neck, 30, 32 or 34" scale length options all using the same body (ie, all reconfigured in the neck), LOTS of pickup options already drawn.. for me I'm a P/J fan so thats how I'm doing mine.

    First production body:

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    Have a couple variants in the works, both pop's and pops-in-law want basses too. I'm building mine as a 32" which is a scale both myself and my wife are fans of.

    Thought I'd share, should be a fun build.
     
  2. rolltide

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    Waiting for the formica one. :)
     
  3. Down and Out in NYC

    Down and Out in NYC Gold Supporting Member

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    Killer man. 6 Bolts and a recessed plate.
     
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    Looks great. Any reason for a bolt on neck style?
     
  5. dougk

    dougk Silver Supporting Member

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    LOL love it! I'll have to do one soon I think.

    Yep, I designed it to interchange amongst 3 different scale lengths (and really then fretted / faux fretted). Honestly, as a bass I just didn't see the need for it to be a set neck anyways. Plus there is one upside, the body is already in the spray booth (I forgot how nice that is about bolt ons!) :rotflmao:rotflmao
     
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    Loni Specter Member

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    That's a cool scale length for someone with shorter arms like me. Good call and all!
     
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    more pics! we gotta see 'em!
     
  8. dougk

    dougk Silver Supporting Member

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    Got the TV Black done yesterday. Tried a new technique that ended up a little more subdued on the white filler.... probably will go back to the old way in the future but thats why I build test project guitars ;) I promise I'll have a picture tomorrow.
     
  9. dougk

    dougk Silver Supporting Member

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    Pulled the bass from the booth to see if my neck mockup fits. It does.

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    Paul gives the thumbs up!

    So the headstock I've redesigned a bit since routing it to give it a wider peak at the ears and a bit more arc. Otherwise, about ready to run some actual maple.
     
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    Any more updates, Doug?

    She's coming together nicely!
     
  11. dougk

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    Finally pulled some maple for the neck, just haven't had a chance to get back to work on it. Pesky customers like Big Mike just really want their guitars :roll:roll:roll:roll

    This week I'm hoping to get back to work on it. I'm out of truss rod anchors too (its the only one I use a single action rod on so I didn't have all the parts on hand)
     
  12. dougk

    dougk Silver Supporting Member

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    Since my entire crew is out with the flu (lucky us) thought I'd do some work on the Bass today.

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    Now this is the 32" "conversion neck" techincally. The body is designed around the 34" scale length but I personally prefer 32". What I did was make all the adjustment in the neck so that you could easily change this back to a 34" with simply a new neck. What that does mean is the 32" is only 19 frets which for me... is just fine.
     
  13. big mike

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    Big pimpin right there
    Gotta get my bass player to write a check.....
     
  14. dougk

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    Thanks buddy, should be pretty cool I think. I hope LOL
     
  15. dougk

    dougk Silver Supporting Member

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    Finally wrapped this guy up, just in time for our open house BBQ.
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    6 bolt, flushed in neck plate
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    It was promptly stolen at the BBQ and played by everyone!

    OK- so impressions! Over all I'm beyond pleased. This is the Spanish Cedar body AND the 32" scale and it sounded just fantastic. Tight, punchy, immensely strong but clear mid range, no farting, thuddy or overly sharpness. Seemed to be well received.

    Pickups are Klein Pickups P-neck with his 10% overwound J bridge. Setup was Volume - Blender - Tone. Balance between both pickups was perfect. Weight is 8lbs on the nose.
     

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