Yup, it feels like the time is right. I've barely played bass for probably over 5 years now. I switched to 4 string, but my interest waned, so I'm thinking of resurrection things by getting back into 5 string.
I'm not going to be that original. Having been massively taken by Hadrien Feraud's signature bass, I have basically nicked the shape and headstock of that (but different controls/pickups).
There aren't that many free 5 string bass plans out there (that I could find!) So I have basically drawn it up from scratch. On one hand, as a graphic designer I have the skills for that, but on the other hand, if I get things wrong anywhere then the whole thing will end up as firewood!
Anyway, here's the basic plan so far
- Bare wood body rather than colour. Looking a bit aged rather than new.
- Ebony or dark fretboard, white/MoP inlays
- The controls may look a bit close, but they have to be like that as I an going to drop in an Eastman J-Retro 01 unit that I have, which is pre-spaced on a circuit board to fit a Jazz bass.
- There will be a scratchplate but I haven't figured out the shape yet. Now sorted
And here's the drawing as it stands so far, created at 100% size. I have a big and very accurate plotter at my disposal to print it. I will probably revise the Bridge and pickups depending on what I purchase but otherwise it's mostly done. I'll be knocking up templates next.