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#1605 the new old barnstormer sc

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i change things a lot, often with little or no explanation.
for the past few years, i have been using this shape for the barnstormer…
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but some of you may remember this as the original…
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so this is the new version of the old one, which i like better than both.
particularly with the new bridge and pickup covers.
like the previous iteration, this one has a bolt on neck.
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the body is made from sections of salvaged 2×4 beech barn rafters, with the edges hollowed out prior to gluing up.
the neck is walnut, with an osage orange fretboard.
homespun p90 pickups, brass compensated tailpiece, hipshot classic tuners.
oh, and a cute bug hole in the end by the strap button.

#1407 barnstormer (makeover)

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this is one i built a couple years ago and decided to change a few things on.
here is how it looked before~
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and now, with an antique copper pickguard and one less pickup~
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the top is one single piece of elm barnwood with the original red paint, on a single piece cucumbertree back, with a distressed finish.
neck is maple, with a persimmon fretboard.
single coil pickups with coil taps wired to give humbucking operation in the middle position.
grover deluxe tuners and brass hardtail bridge.
weighs 7 pounds.

Sold

 

one for me…

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i haven’t played much music in a while, but i recently ended up playing bass in “Rock of Ages”, a broadway musical from 2010, playing at the Arts Center of Canon County , so i decided i needed a new bass. i had the body and neck mostly done already, as i had started them a few years ago and never got around to finishing them.
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the body is butternut, with a 1/4″ bookmatched knotty eastern red cedar top.
neck is birdseye maple, with a persimmon fretboard.
the bridge is a thick brass hardtail i have had for a long time, and i  don’t remember where it came from.
front pickup is a razor sinle coil p-bass
rear pickup is a humbucker i made. the coils are built like jazz bass pickups, with 8000 turns on one coil. and 12,000 on the other, with a coil tap at 8000.
the three position switch gives a heavy humbucker, a hot j-bass bridge, and a classic p-bass sound.
weighs a little over seven pounds, which my shoulder likes a lot.

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#1602 road dog t

archive post~ sold
Completed April, 2016 for Rebel Guitars
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Body: Sassafras, with salvaged, green painted
yellow pine beadboard top
Neck: Bolt on, quartersawn oak, with persimmon fretboard
Pickups: Dismal ax homespun humbuckers
Tuners: Hipshot classic
Bridge: 3 saddle brass hardtail
Pickguard: 1966 Georgia license tag, steel
Control knobs: vintage phenolic.
Control plate: brass
Weight: 8.3 lbs

#1512 rusticator sc

archive post~ sold
Completed July, 2015
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Body: Salvaged elm barnwood
Neck: Bolt on, walnut, with persimmon fretboard
Pickups: Dismal Ax Homespun humbuckers
bridge~ 5000 turns per coil, 8k, alnico 2
neck~ 4500 turns per coil, 7k, alnico 2
Tuners: Sperzel locking, nickel
Bridge: Kluson ABR-1 tuneomatic, nickel
Control knobs: Antique radio knobs
Control plates: Custom, brass, with upholstery cloth
Weight: 8 pounds

#1513 road dog x

archive post~ sold
completed august, 2015
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Body: Basswood, with blue/green milk paint finish
Neck: Bolt on, quartersawn oak, with persimmon fretboard
Pickups: Dismal Ax Homespun humbuckers
bridge~ 5000 turns per coil, 8k, alnico 5 polepieces
neck~ 4500 turns per coil, 7k, alnico 5 polepieces
Tuners: Sperzel locking, nickel
Bridge: Brass three saddle hardtail
Pickguard: 1964 Tennessee license plate
Control knobs: Old stock phenolic knobs
Control plate and neck plate: Brass
Weight: 7.1 lbs