This is the second bass I built for Daniel Gómez. He’s a hard working and hard travelling musician, so the idea was to make a fully functional bass that he can take as cabin luggage on a plane. And so was born this 65 cm long design (that is 25.5 inches, for the imperial folk).
The tuning is one octave higher than a regular 6 string bass. For the lower register, he uses an octave pedal, but the sound is so thick and full that most of the time he doesn’t use the pedal.
Another first for me was the sliding pickup system. The soapbar style pickup slides from the bridge to the neck, so you can set it in any intermediate position to choose the right tone.
The slinding system was quite the research project. After designing and building many different combinations of rails, sliders and spring material, I finally found the way to get the pickup to slide easily but with enough friction so that it doesn’t move on its own.
Happy customer and happy luthier!
And of course, I made a custom case, with fitted plush interior.
For this one, Augustin requested full 24 frets, so I added a piece of camphor burl to the end of the fingerboard to make a good contrast with the wenge. That way, I kept almost intact the design of the Naga fingerboard.
Here is a new version of the Dogor model. The customer and I tweaked the usually single cut design to make a new version, with a more massive body thanks to the bigger upper half. We also added a ramp between the pickups that blends perfectly with the organic shapes present all over this bass. I’m extremely happy with the results, as is Richi, another happy bassist in Germany.
This one is already in Brazil with Fabio Lessa. Hopefully, we will see him play it really soon.
It’s a dream to play, thanks to the super short scale, but with a rock solid tone, and only 3.2 Kg. That’s only 7 pounds!
You can see the gallery here http://elebasses.com/galery.php?bass=1
Here we can see the last stages of the finishing process. Just one more coat of polyurethane and it’s done.
And last, but not least, the pickups. For this bass I made alnico 5 jazz style pickups. Kind of a traditional sound, but a little clearer. They are the first ones in the picture. You can see all the other pickups I made that day for all the other basses I’m working on. Oh, it was a long day…