Introduction

Hello, welcome to my new (under construction) website. I am a luthier based in the Netherlands, currently working on a new* electric upright bass model.

In the mean time I am also busy organizing my new workplace, which resides in an abandoned factory. This new workspace is still very basic; electricity, heating and even a door still have to be installed.
For now, this website is meant as a short placeholder, just to give you a rough sketch of my plans. More in depth info will be added in the future.

About the bass

The basic idea of the new electric upright bass design I am currently working on, is that the ‘body’ is basically ‘a bundle of slats’ that is held together at top and bottom ends, so the middle is free to resonate. There are 5 layers, where every layer itself is divided into several bars, resulting in 18 different slats that together provide the total resonance spectrum and time envelope of the bass.

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Weight

Compared to previous basses I designed, this model is significantly lower in weight. Because next to tone and playability, this is more or less the point of an electric upright bass; it needs to be easy to handle /transport. I estimate, the bass will have a weight of about 6kg, including bodyrest and endpin /stand, since you also have to take these often heavy items with you to a rehearsal or performance.

To achieve this lower weight I focussed on three subjects:

    • tuners

      electric upright bass milling brass machine heads
      milling brass bars for the baseplates of the machineheads
      electric upright bass lightweight machineheads black patina
      Machineheads with black patina finish

      I designed tuning gear (machine heads) that weigh only about 650g per set, as opposed to the 1,5kg of regular tuning gears for upright basses. Still brass though, because brass has the self-lubricating properties not matched in any other metal.

 

    • fingerboard

      electric upright bass milling fingerboard
      CNC milling of the ebony fingerboard to a 4mm veneer

      The ebony fingerboard is milled to a thin veneer shell, this shell is reinforced with carbon-epoxy laminate and foam (like with a surfboard, the lightweight foam dramatically increases the stiffness of the shell).

 

  • endpin

    The endpin and stand will be integrated, meaning the endpin is the stand. The idea is that the endpin’s end is placed in a low and flat V-stand that lies on the floor. Both endpin and stand will be made out of carbon-epoxy laminate. More info to come.

 

*) for the old model visit www.lingsma.eu

 

Teaser Pics!

Mr nice-guy  & photographer Ron of Soow Pictures, who – just like me –  is part of de Mengfabriek community, made a few beautiful serene minimalistic teaser pics of the stripped body and of the headstock /scroll, makes it look almost like calligraphy:

(click to enlarge)