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The Bass Version Of My Banana Pudding Guitar

The Bass Version Of My Banana Pudding Guitar

Instrument still under construction

Instrument still under construction

I love my original Banana Pudding guitar. Since I finished it back in August of 2014, it has been my main Sunday morning guitar, where I have played it for at least 90% of the services. I love how it sounds, how it feels and how it looks. In fact, during the sermons sometimes I catch myself just admiring it as it sits in the stand. That's probably not very spiritual, is it? Don't tell the pastor.

So it stands to reason that I wondered if I could make a bass version of this guitar. Sometime around Thanksgiving of 2017 I decided to sketch out the body shape. I started by tracing my original template, then modifying it. I lengthened the upper horn to make it balance better with the long neck. By doing that, I had to tweak a few of the other dimensions slightly. I also changed the pickguard shape, just to make it unique for this instrument.

I didn't really need another bass, so my original intentions were to build it for the Tundra Boy to play in his high school show choir band. Because of this, I wanted it to feature the school colors (orange and black.) He also frequently uses dropped D tuning, so I wanted to give him a Hipshot bass extender to make it easy to switch back and forth. Finally, to give him a little flair during the concerts I thought it would be cool for the instrument to have LEDs in the fretboard.

Alas, before the instrument was completed the Tundra Boy was no longer involved in the high school show choir band, which is a long story that I'm not going to bother going into on the internet. So I wound up with a cool bass of my own. That's OK. You can never have too many musical instruments, right?

Here are the specifications of the bass:

  • Neck Type: Bolt on, 5 screws with recessed ferrules.

  • Neck Wood: Tiger Maple, laminated construction for stability

  • Truss Rod: Dual action

  • Reinforcement: Two carbon fiber rods

  • Headstock: Flat, Fender-style

  • Tuners: Three Wilkinson, one Hipshot with a Bass Xtender

  • Nut: Bone

  • Body Wood: Poplar

  • Fretboard: Tiger maple, 12" radius, LED dot inlays and side markers

  • Scale Length: 34"

  • Pickups: Aguilar Super Single soapbars

  • Controls: Two volume, one tone, push-pull on tone to turn on LEDs.

  • Hardware: Black. Hipshot KickAss bridge.

  • Finish: Nitrocellulose lacquer on body, satin poly on neck

  • Weight: Approximately 8 lbs

Curious how I built this guitar? Check out the construction photos here.

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This page last updated on 10/15/2020