Guitar nr 237
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 Elm
Neck: Swedish Maple
Fretboard: Santos Jacaranda
Neck: T-bear P pickup
Bridge: T-bear J pickup
Color: Tobacco sunburst
Ready at: 2002-10-10
Every guitar and bass I make is unique. The way I combine the wood and
all the components that goes with the instruments, makes them unique
in every aspect. As soon as you listen to the instruments you
can hear its pure and clear sound. But you canít get the whole picture
until you put them in the right environment. Together with your friends,
in a studio or just when you sit back home and play along with some music.
Itís just like a good bottle of wine. A dinner in the evening with some
good friends, a good wine can make it an unforgettable moment.
This bass was made between February and October 2001. The body is made from Swedish Elm, the same plank as guitar nr 239. This piece of wood has matured in a very dramatic way and the tap tone is amazing. When you listen to the bare wood it is so full of life. I knew that this would be perfect for both a bass and a guitar.
It was with great enthusiasm I made these instruments. I never heard a piece of Elm sing like this one before. It can depend on many things, like the place where it has grown, the minerals in the earth and the water etc.
The neck is from an old maple plank I have that is more than 75 years old. Because of the length of the neck, the tap tone matched the body much better than the shorter guitar neck. The tap tone is so strong in this old wood, so I almost get rid of the dead tone spots (C# on the G-string). I also find a nice piece of Santos Jacaranda for fretboard.
I told T-bear pickups about the wood and he made a wonderful PJ-set. The sound of the bass is so clear and distinct, with an awful amount of power. It is so solid from the deep bottom to the bright harmonics.
I chose to have a pickguard on this one to cover some knots, but together with gold hardware it went really nice.