Arlene 081215

This little darling was complete in August of 2015, and is my take on a classic design.  The first bass I ever owned was very similar to this bass.  I liked the bass and I felt that someday I could improve on the design without losing the basic look.  I recently needed a bass with that good old passive tone for a musical project, so I decided to see if I could make one like my first bass guitar, only better.

I first made the scale a little shorter than the traditional 34 inches.   I have small hands, short fingers, and arthritis, so I need a fast scale length.   I slotted the Pau Ferro fret board with a 33 inch scale and for 22 frets.  I used a slightly figured piece of flat sawn hard Maple for the neck.  I installed a dual action truss rod that runs the length of the fret board exiting at the heel.  Vintage gauge fret wire and real MOP logo and face dots.  A smooth and fast polyurethane oil coats the neck.  Inset ferrules bolt the neck on rather than the traditional plate.  I also contoured the heel some.

I made the body out of simple Basswood and finished her in a black lacquer.  The size and shape of the body are ever so slightly reduced from the common design, but I feel the dimensions fit the bass’s scale well.  I made my own pickguard using some real nice red tort material and a homemade jig.   I improved the design by making a functional access to the truss rod.  A feature that has been lacking on similar instruments.  This is through both the body and pickguard.

Hardware is basic Hipshot tuners and bridge.  Dunlop straplocks.

Seymour Duncan Hot P and J pickups with a volume and tone control for each pickup.  Nice and powerful vintage tones.