Watson Guitars
Idyllwild
California, USA

5-string Neck Thru - (Serial 16B079)
Possibly Multi-Scale
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Materials: Body: Walnut or Cedar Neck/Core: Maple, Padouk, Walnut
  Top: TBA
Fingerboard: Scale Length 34", Material TBD
Electronics: Possibly Audere but up for discussion
Hardware: Hipshot - Finish TBD
Options: TBA
Finish: TBA
Other: TBA
   

This is a request to build a functional and responsive 5 string bass but to keep it clean, uncluttered and organic. We are still discussing material for top and sides but it looks like we will use Walnut, Padouk and Maple for the core section. I have a formula for the neck/body core section, the rest of the instrument is up dor creative discussion!


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All the core laminates have been cut.
(10/3/16) Left: Text and pictures coming. (10/16/16) Right: Text and pictures coming.
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All the core laminates have been cut.

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All the core laminates have been cut.
(9/16/16) I added enough veneer to my inventory to take care of all of the neck laminates to create the core of the bass. These will add very distinctive pinstripe accents between each laminate when viewed from the back of the instrument. I need to first machine the laminates themselves to their prescribed tapered dimensions and that will most likely be my next schedules task on this project. Looking forward to seeing the pieces together.

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Working on the scale drawing for the maincomponents of the bass.
(9/9/16) This is my master plan for the basic components of this bass and its structure. I'm currently fine tuning it to come up with the best laminate thicknesses at the front and back of the instrument so that everything fits and looks the best it possibly can and also so that I have physical dimensions to work to in cutting each one of them prior to assembly. These will be spending a little time on my CNC machine to have the tapers cut.

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All the core laminates have been cut.
(8/27/16) I have been working away in the background to get the rest of the core laminates cut to the template profile and ready for the next couple of operations. In this photo you can see that I have the Maple and Padouk laminates all cut and I now need to get these tun through ny drum sander and thereafter up on the CNC to have the laminates cut to their tapered shapes. That in turn will allow me to start work gluing the parts together.

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Some nice curly maple for the stringers.
(8/8/16) These are the two Padouk laminates which will be part of the core of the bass. They are currently rough sawn based on my template and will soon be getting drum sanded and then machined to pre-determined tapers so that I can get the core of the instrument assembled. There will be quite a bit of work getting everything cut to the right tapered profiles since we have 7 laminates but the end result will look awesome!

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Two of the three walnut blanks - these are the two outside ones.
(7/26/16) I cut out the two outer laminates that will be part of the core assembly of this bass. Everything is suitably oversized right now so that I can get everything glued together and cleaned up ready for machining. I will also be cutting corresponding pieces of Maple and Padouk to complete the seven laminates that will combine to give us the core of the bass. After that I will review body design and get the body parts under way too!

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Template for the cross section of the instrument.
(7/17/16) I have created templates for the cross-section of the proposed bass and those should allow me to get some basic materials cut and prepped for the instrument. I will leave them a little oversize so that if we decide to alter dimensions we should have some extra material to allow for that. The goal for me right now is to get the basic pieces together and create the assemblies so that we can keep the project rolling forward!

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Rough idea of what my customer has in mind for this bass.
(7/6/16) We have been discussing ideas for the design of this bass and this is one of the styles we are interested in using as inspiration. I would definitely change it around enough to make it unique but at least it gives us a general idea. I'm collecting materials so that we can move things ahead as soon as we settle on a body style and configuration. No matter what - we will have a goal to make it look and sound amazing!

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This i sthe walnit that will be the outer edges of the core section.
(6/14/16) I got hold of some very nice dark and consistent grained walnut for the outer layers of the core section we will be building for this bass. This combined with the Curly Maple and the Padouk will create a visually impressive core section and one that will combine to create a great tonal range too. Although we are still working out design details on this bass I know it will end up being a very impressive instrument! Can't wait!

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Now have Padouk for the core section.
(6/4/16) I purchased enough Padouk to create the stringers all the way through this bass. I will have Walnut here very soon for the remainder of the core materials. I also want to work up a template suitable for this bass so that I have a reliable reference for the profile shape based on our choices of body style and headstock shape and angle. Once that is done I will cut out all the 7 blanks and get started on the manufacturing work!

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Some nice curly maple for the stringers.
(5/26/16) This is the curly maple I will be using for part of the laminate structure of the core section of the bass. Maple is a great ingredient because it tends to add a good amount of upper end frequency resonance in the instrument. It's always easier to dial out the high frequencies than to try to dial them in! I have most of the core sectionmaterial on hand, just need to check with my customer on some of the construction details!

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Walnut, Maple and Padouk - nice looking combination.

(5/17/16) Getting started on what will be a very impressive and unique bass. I had a meeting with my customer and we decided that although top material and fingerboard materials were still up for discussion, the core section should be a combination of Maple, Walnut and Padouk. This will provide a well balanced assembly for good tone, sustain and rigidity. This is a shot of a recent bass I built using the same formula for the core.

Last update May 17, 2016