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Michael Ichiyama (ichinumba9)
Username: ichinumba9

Post Number: 31
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2003 - 11:59 pm:   Edit Post

Here's some of my collection. The Epic is 1983, The three string EUB is my first attempt at bass building. i just finished it about two months ago. The reason for only three strings is because that piece of wood was some left over purpleheart and I wanted to see what I could make out of it. Also the wood combination of the bridge is where I got the inspiration for my custom Epic now being built.





(Message edited by ichinumba9 on March 26, 2003)
Paul Lindemans (palembic)
Advanced Member
Username: palembic

Post Number: 347
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 - 7:22 am:   Edit Post

very nice that 3 string! Congrats!
Is the scaling identical as an upright bass?

Michael Ichiyama (ichinumba9)
Username: ichinumba9

Post Number: 32
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 - 8:02 am:   Edit Post

The EUB is 30" scale. Very easy on my medium sized hands.
Username: zombierockstar

Post Number: 9
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Friday, June 06, 2003 - 2:35 pm:   Edit Post

Very nice Epic...the three-string looks great! How's the playability?
Take care.......
Username: ichinumba9

Post Number: 65
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Sunday, February 15, 2004 - 9:04 am:   Edit Post

Latest Edition.
Love It!

Just Amazing!
Advanced Member
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 377
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, February 15, 2004 - 10:29 am:   Edit Post

Very nice! I just went back and reread the threads on the construction of this bass. A very nice bass indeed. A set neck bass with Ebony laminations and Coco Bolo top plus the custom electronics; I hope you will give us a report on how this bass sounds.
Advanced Member
Username: keavin

Post Number: 247
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Monday, April 12, 2004 - 8:38 am:   Edit Post

hey, are those custom electronics in the second epic bass ,vol,pan,filter,bass ,treble, & Q, ? oh and wow thats the first time i ever saw a "3" stringer!
Username: basstard

Post Number: 86
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 - 3:27 am:   Edit Post

The most beatiful Epic I've ever seen, full stop.
Username: bkbass

Post Number: 13
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 - 3:58 pm:   Edit Post

Keavin,If you ever make it to the Smithsonian in D.C. check out the instrument collection you'll find a 3 string uprite from the 1700/1800's(I'm guessing)So I guess a four string was just as ponderous to those powered wig leotard wearing hippies as a 5 string was to us when they first appeared in regularity.Also last time I was there I believe there was a becvar bass hanging as well.Can anybody confirm?
Intermediate Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 198
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 12:40 am:   Edit Post

Barry, which part of the Smithsonian do you mean? Last November I visited the buildings for American history, not sure if that's the same one where they put technology on display (the early work of Edison was amazing to see). I saw just the three electric guitars I mentioned in a previous thread (

If you're talking about the art museum, I spent quite some time there a few years ago, but alas no recollection of any musical instruments. But I've seen a lot of older uprights with 3 strings in various museums here in Europe. The 4 string probably dates from the 19th century, when they started using metal instead of gut for strings: up till then I don't think there was much definition in the notes you played on an upright.

While in DC, go to the Corcoran Gallery (near the White House) and check out the "Dutch Treat" exhibit, which is on permanent display. There's an amazing marble bust of a veiled young lady - check out how the veil and the bust are from the same piece of mable, and yet you could swear it's a separate veil. Very intricate work.
Intermediate Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 199
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 12:43 am:   Edit Post

That's one amazing Epic you have there!
Intermediate Member
Username: mint_bass

Post Number: 105
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Monday, April 19, 2004 - 7:08 am:   Edit Post

that is so very very pretty i love the wood i love coco bolo and i bet the custom electronics sound great
Username: the_mule

Post Number: 59
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Monday, April 19, 2004 - 9:18 am:   Edit Post

Wow, great Epic indeed! BTW, if you ever want/have to let that 3-string go, I may be interested...
Advanced Member
Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 366
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2006 - 6:10 pm:   Edit Post

that 3 string is a wild ride!

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