Noah’s Betty Bass

This bodacious beauty was built for new customer, Noah, and is numbered 022215.  Noah contacted me last year with a request for a Betty style bass but with teardrop f-holes and a blue finish on the top.  I started this bass in December of 2014 and completed the bass in June of 2015.  A long build due to some design aspects and a new finish that I had not tried before.  I am happy to say that she has turned out well and will be regular offering for Drake Custom.

Her neck is Hard Rock Maple with an ebony fretboard that boasts a 32 inch scale length.  We inlaid diamond shaped position marker made out of shell.  We capped the peghead with Maple from the body top and Sapele on the back.

Her body is a seriously hollowed out back of Sapele and is topped with a gorgeous Maple top that I dyed blue.  The pictures make the top look really dark due to the background of my photo booth, but the color is really a nice medium blue.  I finished the bass in lacquer and polished the top and face of the peghead to a high gloss.  The back and sides of the bass are satin. I added a faux binding line to separate the top and back colors.

Her pickup are TV Jones Thunder Blades that are set into mirroe backed pickup rings.  The pickups have a nice beefy tone to them.

Hardware is Hipshot brand D style bridge and Ultra-lite tuning keys.  Standard strap buttons.  Ebony control knobs complete the equipment.