Bajo Quinto Z

This is the second style bajo quinto that I have tried, and it is based on the Matt Woods dug-out guitar design I developed early this year.  The customer wanted me to use this shape of body and the same peghead shape from the earlier bajo design I had made for him.  This is the prototype for my future bajo quinto models to come. 

The neck is quartered Tempered Maple with Macassar Ebony fret board in 25 inch scale.  Evo gold frets, glow in the dark side dots, and Macassar Ebony peghead veneers.

Tempered Swamp Ash makes up the entire body.  The “Rope” style binding was at the request of the customer, and it consists of Macassar Ebony and Maple wood.  The custom made bridge is made of the same Macassar Ebony as the rest of the details.  I made the bridge so that regular ball end strings are used rather than loop strings, which are a pain to mess with.

LR Baggs piezo loaded under the brass bridge saddle and the preamp has a volume and tone control.   Gold Hipshot tuners and Dunlop Straploks complete the equipment.  6.6 pounds

Bajo Quinto

This is a bajo quinto that I made awhile back and had back into the shop for some custom modifications.  The top was originally natural but we decided to make the top darker after popping the grain some. 

The neck is Jatoba, Wenge, and Maple.  The body is of Mahogany topped with Maple.  The bajo is chambered or semi-hollow, so the overall weight is only 7.4 pounds. 

Cocobolo fret board and bridge.

Hipshot tuners, simulated abalone binding, gold EVO fretwire, and a single EMG pickup round out the equipment. 

Electric Mandolin

This cool little one, is the first of the Drake electric mandolins.  Rosie and I wanted to see what we could do with some of the smaller pieces of wood around the shop, so we designed a couple of mandolins.  We thought that it would be nice to have a solid body feel, with electronics, but to still have some of the acoustic tone as well.  The result is this chambered out semi-hollow body mando.

The neck is of Hard Maple, quarter sawn, with a dual action truss rod inside.  The fret board is of some nice Rosewood that sports 22 EVO gold frets.  [EVO is between nickel and stainless steel as far as hardness rating].  The peghead front and back are the same Rosewood that made the fret board.

The body is Basswood with Cherry wood on the front and back.  Walnut accent stripes between the layers of the body.  Rosewood cavity cover.

The tuners are Gotoh and the bridge is custom made to use ball end strings.  I made the nut out of bone and finished the instrument with gloss urethane.






Bajo Quinto 050512

This is a Bajo Quinto made for a local customer here in Iowa.  It is used primarily in “Norteño” music of northern Mexico and across the border in the music of south Texas known as “Tejano music” or “Conjunto”.  The instrument is strung with 5 string courses that are tuned A D G C F.

The customer wanted to have a bajo that looks like an acoustic instrument but with electronics so that he could play it through an amplifier.   We made a semi hollow version that consists of layer of Mahogany wood that was reclaimed from a historical building in Des Moines.  I then hollowed out the Mahogany core and topped it with a beautiful Quilted Maple top.  The back was made from the same Mahogany as the core.  I then cut a faux sound hole and inlaid a rosette made with abalone shell and mother of pearl.  I then added some faux abalone shell binding that the customer picked out for this project. 

The neck is made from Jatoba, Wenge, and Hard Maple.  For strength we added two carbon fiber rods and a dual action truss rod.  The peghead is topped with Quilted Maple and Mahogany.  The 25.5 inch scale Cocobolo fret board has 19 gold tone frets and abalone shell diamond inlays.

The electronics we used is a EMG single coil pickup wired with a 9 volt circuit and with volume and tone controls.  We used Hipshot guitar tuners and I made a custom bridge out of Cocobolo wood.

A fun but exhausting project.  I plan to use this sort of design for some basses and guitars in the future.

TSP “The Science Project” 121110

This is what we have been calling The Science Project or TSP-8. She is a 34 inch scale tap style bass instrument that was commisioned back in October of 2010. She has a Padauk/ Wenge/ Maple neck with a Wenge fret board which is accented by Zebrawood block inlay, binding, and peghead veneer. Her body is made of Padauk with a center lamination of Wenge and Maple that matches the laminations in her neck. Her electronics are EMG DC40 bass humbuckers with a 9 volt configuration and mono output jack. Her hardware consists of Sperzel brand locking bass and guitar tuners. Her bridge is a Hipshot brand 8 string hardtail.
She was probably the most complicated build for me as of yet due to the fact that I have never built such a beast before. She was a lot of fun to build and she took a lot of thought and pre-planning to get her to this point. I can see building another one in the future as these type of instruments are as interesting as the people who know how to play them.