Handcrafted basses

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Cigar Box Guitar (2015)


Construction: set/glued neck
Neck: D-shaped, no trussrod
Scale: 25"/64cm
Woods:Beechwood box, oak and meranti neck
Pickups:2 humbuckers (MSA)
tuners:4 unknown tuners
Bridge:unknown
controls: Volume, tone, pu 1 on/off, pu 2 on/off, 2 toneswitches
Finish: handrubbed Polyurethane
Ok, it's not really a cigar box, there was something else in it. But still...
It's the thought that counts. The CBG's are more or less divided into 2 groups: the minimalistic ones, and the can't-do-crazy-enough ones.
It started out as truly the poor man's guitar. A couple of screws for tuners, no frets, no pickup, just a box and a stick basically, to be played with a bottleneck. Picture a poor farmer in his rocking chair playing the thing on his porch.
As much as i respect where the CBG is coming from, i went for something less minimalistic. Still very simple and cheap though: pickups, tuners and bridge are the cheapest you can get, nameless from the far east.
There a lot of different tunings that CBG players use, often they tune it G-D-G-B, but i tuned mine A-D-G-C (from low to high).
How it sounds? Not bad at all actually. And the best part is: you can still open the box and put your plectrum, strap and capo in!



G5 (2014)


Construction: bolt on neck
Neck: maple, tele-style neck
Scale: 25"/64cm
Woods:Abachi, maple neck
Pickup: Lipstick
tuners: Wilkinson
Bridge: Monsterbass
controls: Volume, toneswitch
Finish: handrubbed Polyurethane
The simplest guitars are often your favorite.
This is one of those. This guitar has only 5 strings, because the standard 10.5 mm string spacing of most guitars is not very comfortable for my bassplayer-fingers. This one has 12.5 mm, a little more comfy. I had a standard Telecaster neck to play with, sio the solution was to put only 5 strings on it.
Problem: how to tune it? I decided tot tune it in quarters, su it is E-A-D-G-C. The thickest 4 strings have normal tuning, and then C. This requires some rethinking when playing chords, you can't play most chords the normal way. On the other hand: playing a solo gets easier. After all, the interval between the strings is always the same.
The body is made from Abachi, a pretty soft kind of wood. You might think the soft wood eats all the sustain, but that's not the case at all. This is a super sounding wood, and the body is featherlight! The soft wood obviously dents easy, that is a disadvantage. It would be possible to coat it with Diamond Kote or some other hard coating, but that would have an effect on the sound. I left it for what it was, No coating, only the handrub polyurethane finish. Who knows, with te 60's retro design it might look vintage after a while. Wouldn't be bad.
The lipstick pickup has a beautiful bluesy, almost glass-like sound. The whole package is a wonderful playing guitar, with a great blues sound. (The sound is somewhat like Brian May's solo in "Crazy little thing called love")


HM-1 (2013)


Construction: Bolted neck (with M8 bolts)
Neck: bangkirai, a-symmetrical
Scale: 25"/64cm
Woods:Tulipwood (magnolia) body, bangkirai neck and padouk fretboard
Pickup: P-90
tuners: Boston
Bridge: Harley Benton
controls: Volume, tone
Finish: Polyurethane
This guitar is made for reggae guitarist Hussein Mutabazi. A left-handed guitar this time, it took some rethinking here and there ("o no, it's the other way around..""), but it worked out fine. The electronics are simple: P90, volume, tone. Bright sound, with some accent in de high-mids. The body is made from tulipwood, a.k.a. magnolia. At the backside, the green core wood is still visible, very special. The neck has a a-symmetrical back and a low action.
Using classical tuner has no perticular reason, it's just something different. Altough, it has been done before: search for the Kawai KS-11 on the net...


4-string (2010)


Construction: neck through body
Neck: wenge
Scale: 25"/64cm
Wood:wenge and ebony
Pickups: Jackson humbuckers
tuners: Richwood
Bridge: Collins
controls: on/off switches for both pickups
Finish: Polyurethane
The easy playability of a 4 string guitar, the narrow neck and very low action, make a very pleasant and fast little guitar. The scale is equal to a normal guitar, but the strings are somewhat further apart. I have heavy strings on this guitar, optimal for an open C tuning (C-E-G-c, from thick to thin).
The guitar is made from Wenge with some ebony trimming. Hard woods, making the guitar quite heavy, despite the small body.The Jackson pickups don't have so much of the typical fat humbucker sound, but are more Strat-like, but with a little boost. Very nice clean sound. At first sight, this instrument seems to be meant for using up old parts (like: "had some stuf laying around, so let's build somethin' from it), but this is not the case. Very good guitar, only 2 strings less. Especially for bassplayers ;-)


Egyptian guitar (2010)


Construction: hollw body with bolt-on neck
Neck: maple / rosewood, used to be T-style neck
Scale: 25"/64cm
Wood: Meranti, Ocume plywood
Pickups: microphone inside
tuners: unknown
Bridge: ebony
controls: none
Finish: PolyUrethane
Ancient Egyptian scrolls and hieroglyphs where found showing a strange guitar-like instrument. Sadly, archeologists never found remains of a real one, so the exact details are not known. I was given the task of building this instrument to find out how it would sound.
Without any important details i had to use my imagination a bit. Telecasters are around for quite some time now, so maybe the egyptians used a T-style neck too, Well, i did anyway. The body side is made from meranti and the soundboard and back from plywood (did the Egyptians have plywood...? Never mind..) The guitar is not very big, therefore the soundboard is quite stiff, resulting in a sound that reminds of a banjo, though warmer.
The Egyptian guitar is tuned E-A-D-G at the moment, like the 4 thickest strings on a guitar, but i also tried an open D tuning (D-F#-A-D), which is fun to play.
Great little guitar to keep next to the sofa, and grab it once in a while! (Okay, the Egyptians-story is nonsense of course. Duh...)


Scorpion (2009)


Construction: Set neck, glued
Neck: unknown, from old western guitar
Scale: 25"/64cm
Wood: Mahogany, Ocume
Pickups: P90
tuners: el cheapo
Bridge: Collins
controls: volume
Finish: PolyUrethane
This is a guitar that is not very special, hardware- and pickupwise. Very simple actually. I wanted to build this one for the design only.
The neck comes from a cheap western guitar, i had it lying around, so the design is built around it. The goal was to use as little wood as possible, but make a body that plays comfortably, sitting or standing up. And it had to look good of course.
Necks of acoustic (western) guitars are usually mounted to body near the 15th fret, so it was a bit of a challenge to make sure the highest positions were easy to reach. The result is the Scorpion, a lightweight guitar with a very bright sound.



ECN-1 (2009)


Construction: Neck through body
Neck: Afzelia, Paduak fretboard
Scale: 25"/64cm
Wood: Afzelia, Paduak, Ocume, Oak backside of the body
Pickups: Piezo system
tuners: Classical
Bridge and tailpiece: Ebony
controls: volume, tone
Finish: PolyUrethane
ECN stands for Electric Classical Nylon-string. I wanted to make a guitar with a wide flat neck, just like a classical concert guitar, but electric.
It has a solid body, and a small resonating chamber under the bridge. That is to give room to the resonating plate, with a piezo system mounted, under the bridge.
The sound is bright, compared to a accoustic guitar.



LJ3G (2004)


Construction: Bolt on neck
Neck: Jatoba
Scale: 25"/64cm
Wood: Bangkirai, Jatoba
Pickups: Framus single coils, unknown humbucker
tuners: Schaller
Bridge: Ibanez
controls: volume, tone, Stratocaster-type pickup selector
Finish: PolyUrethane
The body is made from Bangkirai, and the neck from Jatoba wood. Both kind woods are hard and heavy, and noticable when you pick up the guitar. Not much heavier then a Les Paul Though. The extravagant bodyform is not only a matter of good looks: the rightarm rests on the curve top-left of the body while playing (very comfortable), the long extension top-right of the body makes sure of an optimum balance. The highest notes of the neck are easy to reach. You might think the extension on the peghead gets in the way while playing, but that's in fact not the case. The sound is mainly the same as the G1HS, only with some more sustain. The switching of the pickups is somewhat simplified by the use of a Stratocaster type 5-way switch, there where a lot of sounds in the G1HS that were very similar. The LJ3G has a bolt-on neck construction.



LT1G (2004)


Construction: Bolt on neck
Neck: Maple
Scale: 25"/64cm
Wood: Bangkirai, Maple
Pickups: Randall/Wasburn single coil
tuners: Randall
Bridge: Tune-O-matic unknown
controls: volume, toneswitch
Finish: PolyUrethane
Maybe you've noticed: this one has the neck and pickup of the G2S. I wanted to make a smaller body so it's easier to take it with me as an extra or spare guitar. I had some leftover Bangkirai lying around from the LJ3G, so.....



GHV (1986)



Construction: Neck through body
Neck: 6 piece Limba + meranti fretboard
Scale: 25"/64cm
Wood: Meranti, Limba
Pickups: Shaller "Hot stuff"
tuners: Shaller
Bridge: Schaller with fine tuners
controls: volume, tone, serial/parallelswitch
Finish: Gloss
I made this one on special request for a friend. The construction and materials are the same as for the ML1H: A neck-thru-body, limba and meranti are used for neck and body. The neck is made of 6 pieces limbawood with a meranti fretboard. Bridge and tuners are from Schaller, the pickup is also a Schaller, type "hot stuff", a humbucker with a very high output signal. With maximum volume and both coils switched serial, it produces a fat sound with some distortion, even without a distortionpedal or fuzz-box. An Ideal guitar for rock and metal.



G1HS(1988 / body replaced 1994



Construction: Bolt on neck
Neck: 6 piece Limba
Scale: 25"/64cm
Wood: Meranti, Beech, Oak, Limba
Pickups: Old Framus single coils, unknown humbucker
tuners: Shaller
Bridge: tune-O-Matic unknown brand
controls: volume, tone, serial/parallelswitch, pickup selector
Finish: satin gloss
This guitar is made of limba, beechwood, oak and meranti. I made the neck wider and flat so i feel more comfortable playing it, bassplayer that i am. Even the frets are of the kind i use for my basses: Jim Dunlop 6100 "Jumbo". The pickups are very old, at least 30 years.Propably from a Framus guitar. They sound like they look: vintage 60's. It's possible to choose different combinations of the single coils and humbucker pickup, that makes it very versatile guitar. Because of some irrepairable damage on the body, and wear and tear on the neck i decided to build a new one and re-used the hardware for the succesor.



G2S (2001)


Construction: Bolt on neck
Neck: Maple (old Randall/Washburn)
Scale: 25"/64cm
Wood: Meranti, maple
Pickups: Randall/Washburn single coil
tuners: Randall
Bridge: Ibanez
controls: volume, 2 toneswitches
Finish: PolyUrethane
A very simple guitar. Nothing much to say about this one. When i was 13, i bought a cheap Telecaster copy. After years, the only thing left is the neck, wich is still in a good condition.imade a body, and put some new hardware on the guitar. The result is a straightforward guitar, that does an OK job.