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Ribbon Mahogany 5 string fretless bass

The Wood

Ribbon Mahogany top and back
Black Limba body core
Cherry and Maple vaneer accents

Quarter sawn Shedua neck

Cocobolo fingerboard
Matching wood for truss rod cover and front/back of headstock

Custom matching knobs

The Hardware

Hipshot tuners and bridge

Stellartone B-10 position ToneStyler to give a range of pre-equalized positions

Bartolini MusicMan 2J Squared pickup

D'Addario chrome flat wound strings

2-way adjustable truss rod to control height of action and dual carbon fiber rods to add strength to the neck without adding weight.

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The Design

This single cut is a new design, inspired by the Bolivian Rosewood bass. The flamed ribbon mahogany wood was so stunning that I had to use it for the front and back, plus create some custom knobs. The wood needed an oil finish, so I used a new method where the body has a high gloss and the neck is a matte finish. This brings out the true beauty of all of the woods, which is always my intent. The cocobolo fretboard was such a great piece that it had to be fretless. 

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