After two of Phil's brothers each received their custom Tundra Man instruments, he got pretty exicted about owning one too. Being a virtuoso bassist, Phil knew exactly how he wanted the instrument to play, but beyond that we were starting with a clean canvas. He knew he wanted an instrument that screamed "rock 'n roll", had a classic single cutaway design and that he'd like it to be black. After talking with him at length and going back and forth over several different ideas and aspects, here's what we came up with.
Phil's brother is named Paul. I dubbed this instrument the "Mor Phil", which is a sad word play on "Les Paul". In this case, we didn't want less Paul, we just wanted more Phil.
Shape: Modified single cutaway type shape, slightly larger than the original with a carved top.
Neck Type: Neck through
Body Wood: 1.5" walnut wings with a .5" walnut top. 2" total body thickness.
Top Edge: Bound edge with w/b/w/b/w laminations.
Bottom Edge Radius: .5" roundover.
Other Body Features: Cheese-belly cutout.
Number Of Strings: 5
Scale Length: 34"
Neck Wood: Laminated walnut with maple stripes. Thin profile.
Truss Rod: Dual action, carbon fiber reinforced.
Fingerboard: Bound ebony with decorative curve on body end, 12" radius.
Inlays: No dots on fingerboard face. "Crown" inlay at the 12th fret. Standard side dot markers. Inlaid Tundra Man logo on the headstock. Inlaid "Crown" with Phil's initials on the back.
Nut: Tusq (White), 1.75" Nut Width
Hardware Color: Chrome
Headstock: Bound, walnut overlay, Gotoh tuners
Bridge: Schaller 496
Strap Buttons: Dunlop Strap Locks
Electronics: Bartolini 72BC5CBC-B neck pickup, Bartolini 72BC5CBC-T bridge pickup, Bartolini active preamp. Volume (with push/pull to control active or passive mode), blend knob, bass, middle, treble controls and a 3 way switch to control mid EQ.
Finish: Nitrocellulose lacquer. Opaque black front, very subtle translucent black sides and back.
Up until receiving this bass, he played a Peavey Cirrus. Much to my delight, the Cirrus has now been demoted to backup duty.
A closer shot of the bass body. The carve is hard to see in these pictures, due to the black finish. The control knobs are "frenched" so that they are all the exact same height even though the top of the guitar slopes at an angle.
Here's a closer picture of the back of the body. You can see the inlaid "crown" with Phil's initials in ebony. Pardon the scratches; Phil played the bass for a couple of hours prior to taking these pictures, and his belt buckle started the rashing process.
Watch Phil's bass being built in our shop.
This page last updated on 06/28/2018