Guitar nr 235
Width at nut: 40 mm
Width at 21th fret: 65 mm
Nr of frets: 21
Scale length: 864 mm (34")
Radius of fretboard: 406 mm (16")
Inlay: Abalone at the left side
Width at lower bowl: 300 mm
Length from neckjoint: 390 mm
Body: Swedish Maple
Neck: Swedish Maple
Neck: EMG P
Bridge: EMG J
Color: Transparent yellow
Ready at: 2002-10-15
I started to make this bass in October 2001 and finished it in October 2002.
The body wood comes from a maple that I cut down in 1986. It has dried and
matured in a very nice way and the tap tone is wonderful. The tap tone told
me that this bass had a lot of attack and a bright top end. There could be
a little weakness in the lower bass part but that could be compensated.
When the wood work of the body was ready I knew that there must be a transparent finish. The grains were so nice and there was no need for a pickguard. I tried different colors and finally decided that yellow made me most happy at that time.
The neck is from another piece of maple that was much older, around 75 years. I found it in a barn outside Motala, Sweden. This maple plank was so nice and dry and I thought I could get at least 6 bass necks out of it. But after sawing and planning the wood to neck blanks, there were only two pieces left that were worth making necks of. The other ones were full of knots, so I used them as firewood!! I finished the neck with a fretboard in wenge.
The neck and body really sings together. When I stringed the bass to listen to it before I decided what pickups to use, I discovered that this bass was so funky. A fast attack and a bright lovely top end. Suddenly the 80ís came over me, remembering the time at Valley Arts in Studio City (Los Angeles). Before I came to my senses I had ordered a PJ-set of EMG pickups, in an attack of nostalgic ecstasy. So I put it on and the bass sounded just like they used to back then. Abe Laboriel, Mike Porcaro, Lee Sclar, you name them. I now have my old Valley Arts bass under my bed, and I use this one all the time.
The 13th of October 2009 I sold this bass. It was a hard decision to make and I miss the bass so much.