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Saltwater Splated Maple 4 string fretted bass

The Wood

Saltwater Spalted Maple top 
Black Walnut body core with thin black accent for front side and thin maple layer for back side
Bolivian Rosewood back

32" scale 5-piece Wenge and Maple neck with Gabon Ebony fretboard

Ebony nut and Black Walnut pick-up border
Matching wood for truss rod cover, knobs and front/back of headstock

The Hardware

Hipshot bridge and lollipop tuners
Stellartone 6 position ToneStyler to give a range of pre-equalized positions
Delano HE/S pickup 
Stringjoy light gauge heavy bottom 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.


The Design

My favorite smell is the smell of saltwater. It is one of the reasons I live by the Puget Sound. So, it was no surprise that I was attracted to this beautiful wood called Saltwater Spalted Maple. I had just finished my Spalted Maple bass and loved the figured look, so when I saw the Saltwater Spalted Maple, it was also figured, but with this wonderful stark contrast of light and dark. I used multiple layers of wood for the neck and body to highlight the curves and colors. I love an instrument that looks good from all angles and this one delivers on the details. I wanted to make a 32" scale, four string bass that was fun and easy to play, but when you weren't playing it for hours, you would look at it from across the room and just want to pick it up again! 

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