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The Tundra Boy Builds His Second Instrument

The Tundra Boy Builds His Second Instrument

Instrument Still Under Construction

Instrument Still Under Construction

For the Tundra Boy's second instrument, he decided to buld a beast: a six string bass made of exotic wood. Over a year before he started he had drawn up plans for this bass, which were loosely based on the Music Man Bongo Bass. He modified the body shape to his liking, and made a few other changes.

Here are the specs for the bass:

  • Neck Type: Neck through construction

  • Neck Wood: Padauk with contrasting Wenge laminations.

  • Truss Rod: Dual action

  • Reinforcement: Two carbon fiber rods

  • Headstock: Flat, Fender style

  • Tuners: Wilkinson

  • Nut: Graphtech graphite

  • Body Wood: Ambrosia Maple

  • Body Features: Loosely based on the Music Man Bongo Bass.

  • Fretboard: Bocote, 16" radius with mother of pearl dot inlays

  • Scale Length: 34"

  • Pickups: Aguilar AG 6J-HC. Jazz Bass style, hum-canceling.

  • Controls: Two volume, two tone. Push-pull kill switch on the neck volume knob, and a push-pull series/parallel switch on the bridge tone knob.

  • Hardware: Black.

  • Bridge: Hipshot B-Style, 18mm string spacing.

  • Finish: Satin poly

  • Weight: TBD, but probably fairly heavy.

This instrument is still under construction, so there are no completed pictures yet. Click here to watch the Tundra Boy build this bass.

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This page last updated on 09/02/2020