This Bass was custom built in 2004 for bassist Tony Coladengelo
I always love building something new and a little different than what might be commercially available. The criteria for this bass was the customer wanted an EB- 1 Gibson style carved arch top, semi hollow body.
This is a copy of a bass built by Gibson in the 70’s. The difference is that Gibson made this style bass with a 30" scale length and this one has a full 34" scale. My client loved the shape and style of the EB series , but had a few other design requests that he wanted me to build into the bass. I was also given the oppurtunity to use some of my own designs such as the "ying yang" soundholes and the shape of the headstock. This instrument is the first one made that has the "Liam" logo on it. Some of the custom features of this bass include :
- 5 pc. Laminated through the body neck ( for ultimate sustain )
- Butternut back & sides
- Flamed maple neck
- Block inlays w/custom Chinese engravings
- Unique “ying yang” sound holes
- Ebony laminate on back of headstock
- My son’s name on the headstock (how cool is that?)
- Gibson E-B2 Body Shape
- Flamed Maple Carved Top
- 5 pc. Laminated neck
- Flamed Maple Headstock Veneer
- Ebony/maple/ebony backplate veneer
- Kenpo Karate Crest Inlay
- Custom Block inlays
- Bone Nut
- White plastic bindings
- Cherry Red Nitrocellouse Finish
- Butternut wood access panel
|This is a view of the Karate crest for the Do Jo that my customer belongs to. It was cut from a green abalone lam. The "Liam" was done with mother of pearl|
Here are a few pictures of building process. Unfortunetly there are not as many pics as I would have liked. It was early on in my building process and I actually forgot to take pictures.
There is a 5 piece lamination all the way through the body with a curly maple carved top. The body section is butternut that has had large holes drilled out foto reduce the weight and to appear to be a hollow body. Most of the sections around the "F" holes are hollow . A 1/4" thick lamination of butternut was glued to the back and then carvrd to match the front. The fingerboard is bubinga with large block pearl inlayys with Japanese symbols engraved into each one.