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My new custom tomkins (no warwick content, sorry)

Discussion in 'Maddrakkett's Caffe' started by rusty, May 7, 2008.

  1. rusty

    rusty Fatburger bassist

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    Hey fellow bass guys & girls, If I can without getting into too much trouble, I would like to show you my new Tomkins bass thats being made at the moment. Im so excited that I have to show someone!!

    Spec's

    Body: Qld Silky Oak
    Neck: Birds eye maple with silky oak skunk stripe
    Fingerboard: Ebony with MOP inlays
    Pickups: Nordstrand passive single / humbucker (switchable)
    Bridge: Badass
    Tuners: hipshot ultralites
    Headstock: silky oak cap
    Binding: Vintage cream on body, neck & headstock.

    As you can see by the photo's, its still being made & it hasnt got its clear coat yet. Ill post more pics as it nears completion!!

    BTW, I still love my 97 custom warwick thumb, Just want to use a good Aussie builder as well!

    Cheers

    Rusty
     

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  2. AdamBunn

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    Nice woodgrain!

    That's going to be one beautiful bass when it's done.

    May not be a Warwick, but I would love to see more pix as the bass comes along.
     
  3. Indianerdaniel

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    Nice! Love to see it when it's finished! Good choice for pickups btw. Nordstrands are amazing :)
     
  4. saxonbass

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    Nice one! Keep the pics coming!
     
  5. rusty

    rusty Fatburger bassist

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    Thanks guys, will do. It will be with me when I tour Nashville & canada in june / july. Cant wait to get my hands on it!

    Ive got the P/J nordies in my other tomkins bass & they are amazing pick ups. I like the idea of being able to switch between single coil & humbucker! Great for slap!!

    The woodgrain on this piece is beautiful, its getting harder to find silky oak these days, warwick has just bought a swag of it, they call it Lacewood. The piece this bass is made of is very highly figured, my luthier said he hasnt seen a piece like this for 10 -15 years!!

    Thanks for the comments & keep em coming!!

    Cheers'
    Rusty
     
  6. jay

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    Look forward to seeing the final product...
     
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    I like the binding, makes the bass very elegant.
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    That is going to be one silky looking bass indeed. 8)
     
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    Looks nice man! What scale length is it, cos I count 21 frets, but the neck looks pretty short to me. Nice to see block inlays on a bass btw!
     
  10. rusty

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    Its the standard 34" scale, just a funny angle on the picture I think, Yeah I really like the block inlays, It looks great with a Bound neck & ebony fingerboard. The inlays are abalone 4mm thick!

    Cant wait to get more pic's, Ill post em up soon.

    Cheers

    Rusty
     
  11. Tv IV Dogs

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    May I ask what it's costing you?
     
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    is that the peice of wood that justin referred you to?
     
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    the wood looks great - but I don't like the "guitarish" shape :(
     
  14. rusty

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    The retail on this Custom one off handmade bass is about $5.5K (AUD).

    Justin gave me the timber merchants number & Allan Tomkins went down & spent about 4 hours looking through a lot of average pieces before finding this one!


    I was very lucky, allan said he hasnt seen a piece like this for 15 years!!

    I actually asked for this shape!!!

    Allan Tomkins makes everything by hand, the necks are all hand radiused, he does the inlay work himself, even the finishing is done by hand. He has been making guitars & basses with aussie woods since the early 80's. He is cemented into the country music scene (as a bass player) and has made cool guitars & basses for over 300 people. Most famous being Tod Hamilton of aerosmith, redd volkaert, gary allan just to name a few.

    Have a squiz at his website: www.tomkinsguitars.com

    This is starting to sound like an addvert!!!!! :shock: :shock: :shock:

    Rusty
     
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    The "guitarish" shape looks a bit like a P-bass with slightly stubbier horns to me! But I like it. It's a fine piece of wood!
     
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    :idea: There's a word called,"tact".Look it up.
     
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    Beautiful looking bass Rusty! I can't wait to see it complete.

    I'm lucky enough to have had a play of two of Rusty's Tomkins basses (I especially covet his fretless :D). They're beautiful instruments, and this one will ne no exception.

    ;)
     
  18. rusty

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    All is cool greg, its good to get everybodies opinion good or bad!! I'll call you when I head up to sydney later this month to pick it up!

    Great to see your now on myspace Eberbachl!! Just hit you up as a friend.

    Rusty
     
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    Looks great, Rusty! Can't wait to see the finished product.
     
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    For sure - but if he would have showed us his new Rickenbacker I would have also said that I don't like the shape. It's a general statement concerning the looks of things - I don't think it's ugly, but I simply prefer other shapes; consequently I don't like this one.
    Calm down!

    I'm sure it will play and sound great and I'm looking forward to see and hear it when it's finished, but god, I don't have to like everything - do I?
     
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