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mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4189
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007 - 4:46 pm:   Edit Post

This is the Darling neck laminations scaled for your bass:
neck

This will be inside the veneers of the peghead:
neck
willgunn
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Username: willgunn

Post Number: 3
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007 - 8:50 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks so much, Mica! Even though I get to enjoy so many of these beauties personally on their way "passing thru", when one is actually for myself, it makes me feel again like a little kid awaiting Christmas! Keep those cards and letters coming!
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4464
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2007 - 5:46 pm:   Edit Post

This is the top candidate for your bass:
top lam

Hope you can see some of the pencil line for the Essence 6 shape. It catches the nice big circles on the body half and again the far reach of the upper horn. This is freshly sanded, so the color will richen up a good bit once you see it with the finish.

Let me know if you like it!
byoung
Senior Member
Username: byoung

Post Number: 611
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2007 - 7:50 pm:   Edit Post

Will,

Since you're copying elements of the Darling, and there is a Little Darling, I'd like to suggest a name for your bass:

Big Darling.

That's a little tongue-in-cheek, but I'm serious.

Bradley
willgunn
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Username: willgunn

Post Number: 6
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2007 - 7:32 am:   Edit Post

Thanks so much for the update, Mica! That IS a nice selection for the top- swirls and straight grains, and shading contrasts as well. Go for it!
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4601
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, May 25, 2007 - 8:19 pm:   Edit Post

Fingerboard is made, LEDs wired, and peghead veneers in place. Next stop, cut the peghead shape out:
assembly

Then we'll install the truss rods and glue the fingerboard in place. Next photos will probably be of the body construction.
willgunn
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Username: willgunn

Post Number: 9
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 9:20 am:   Edit Post

Thanks so much! Any new updates?
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4732
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 2:05 pm:   Edit Post

In this picture your bass is ready for the sealer:
ready for sealer
There is no finish on the bass in the photo, but it has progressed since this photo. I'm trying hard to get one with finish so you can see how amazing the wood looks.
the_8_string_king
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Username: the_8_string_king

Post Number: 667
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 2:16 pm:   Edit Post

Lookin' awfully good there, Will.

Is that an extra long horn, and a Vermillion accent laminate?
willgunn
Junior
Username: willgunn

Post Number: 12
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 3:19 pm:   Edit Post

Mica, thanks so much for the update - I realize that you're EXTRA busy these days, so it's doubly appreciated! NOW I'm really excited! If you've got any pix of the back of this baby, please post whenever you can.
And to answer your questions Mark, it IS an extra-long horn (actually, the type used on the 6-string Essence), and Vermillion accents all around.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5421
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 5:56 pm:   Edit Post

I think the wood looks pretty amazing already.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4753
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 4:51 pm:   Edit Post

Some spray on the bass now:

spray
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 1299
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 4:48 am:   Edit Post

looks very nice Will.

Mica, can we see a closeup of the buckeye bass in the background please ;-)

Graeme
georgie_boy
Advanced Member
Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 287
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 10:25 am:   Edit Post

Not thinking of yet another one are we Graeme!!??

G
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4775
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 7:15 pm:   Edit Post

It's a little off-topic, but I don't think Will will mind. Here's the bass behind the bass:
buckeye

Maybe I shouldn't add that this bass is one we're making for our showroom and presently doesn't have a home, though there is someone in Japan considering it. Was that evil?
2400wattman
Senior Member
Username: 2400wattman

Post Number: 442
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 7:31 pm:   Edit Post

put in a flame maple core and that's what I would've ordered a few months back
flaxattack
Senior Member
Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1636
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 7:55 pm:   Edit Post

its a shame it isnt btc
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 1301
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 1:02 am:   Edit Post

That's beautiful. Thanks Mica.
back on topic, I like the long horn on Will's bass. If I'd known about that as an option I might have chosen an essence instead of the rogue. Not that I'm in any way disappointed with my rogue of course ;-)

Graeme

p.s. george - I'm always thinking.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5307
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 - 4:20 pm:   Edit Post

This is a picture from last week:
setup

Now the bass is actually done, just waiting on the custom knobs that should be here next week. I'll post a new pic when they come in.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6570
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 - 7:57 pm:   Edit Post

Flame Maple cores always look great, but especially here as a great match to the color of the top.
tbrannon
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 743
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 - 7:59 pm:   Edit Post

I love the two matching swirled grain areas.

Lookin' good Will!
2400wattman
Senior Member
Username: 2400wattman

Post Number: 611
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2008 - 10:39 pm:   Edit Post

wha happened to Will's bass?
willgunn
Junior
Username: willgunn

Post Number: 24
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 2:46 pm:   Edit Post

I finally received the bass in June, and have been using it exclusively ever since - and lovin' every minute of it! One of these days, I'll get some pics of it up, but in the meanwhile, here are the spec's that aren't otherwise obvious: Flame Maple body with "Nearest Neighbor" wood back plates, red side LED's with a 3-position switch, "AXY" in neck position & "Fatboy" in bridge position (both with "Continuous Wood" tops), "Elan" electronics (dual pre-amps/master vol/pan/filter) with 3-position "Q"-switch, inlayed logo w/shell, "Continuous Wood" truss rod cover, and side-mounted output jack. It's tuned BEAD (I'm an "'old-school' groove" player) with a neck measuring 1 7/16" @nut and 2 3/8" @ 24th. fret...and it fits me like a glove! For me, this little beauty has everything I need/want, and nothing I don't - particularly in the electronics department. Having previously owned Alembics with "Series II" and "Signature" electronics, I find a single filter/"Q" setup to be somewhat more "user-friendly" - particularly on gigs...but that's just me!
tbrannon
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 914
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 4:11 pm:   Edit Post

Will-

Dying to see pictures of the bass. I'm interested in seeing those wooden pickup covers, the inlayed logo and those nearest neighbor backplates.

Glad you're enjoying it.

Toby
2400wattman
Senior Member
Username: 2400wattman

Post Number: 615
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Monday, October 27, 2008 - 12:10 am:   Edit Post

Get down Will!!

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