Guitar nr 165
Width at nut: 60 mm
Width at 24th fret: 82 mm
Nr of frets: 26
Scale length: 889 mm (35")
Radius of fretboard: 16"
Inlay: MOP on the left side
Width at lower bowl: 312 mm
Length from neckjoint: 390 mm
Body: Swedish Cherry
Neck: Swedish Oak/Ash laminated 11pcs
Neck: Kent Armstrong Custom made
Bridge: Kent Armstrong Custom made
Ready at: 1999-09-20
Here is another very popular instrument, the 6-string bass. I have made
almost 20 of them. This very one was made springtime 1999. A guy ordered a
loudspeaker and I made this bass instead! It was easier and more fun!
Well to be honest, I used to make loudspeakers and amplifiers in the past named RSL. But for many reasons I stopped that. So when this order comes I felt very bad. We agreed that I should make him a bass instead.
The neck is made of Ash and Oak. It is laminated with 11 pieces. This construction is very stiff and stable and I need only one trussrod even if the neck is more than 80 mm wide.
The guy who ordered this bass is an incredible bass player and some people called him the Swedish answer to John Patitucci. So to be nice to the guy (his name is Jerry Eriksson), and because he plays an old RSL amp from me, I decided to put on some very old and rare cherry plank for the body. These cherry planks are from an old carpenter workshop and ca 50 years old. The tap tone is like a church bell.
The construction of this bass and the choice of wood make this bass sing like nothing else. There is an incredible sustain and a wide and nice range of overtones. To pick up the song from this bass we decided to order some special pickups from Kent Armstrong, USA. These pickups are doing a great job. They really pickup the deep powerful bottom to the crystal top end, with a wonderful midrange. I will continue to use Kent Armstrong pickups on my basses. Those custom made pickups are some of the absolute best I have heard.
I do always have one or two 6-string basses in the pipeline. This is a bass with a character, not an ordinary hi-tech bass.