Bluesman Vintage "El Dorado" !!

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Bluesman Vintage "El Dorado" !!

Postby DKWilkins » Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:13 pm

So, I've had a couple of refin/rebuild projects done by John Scott over at http://www.bluesmanvintage.com and I've been really pleased. I started talking to him last year about a '63 J style build based on his El Dorado bass. I went back and forth over the color and decided (with the wife's prompting) on CAR with matching headstock and mint green pickguard. John got it finished up and took it to Summer NAMM, where it was captured by Premier Guitar highlighting Bluesman Vintage's booth as one of their Day 3 Editor's Picks http://www.premierguitar.com/Magazine/I ... 6&#gallery

He shipped it out last week and I recveived it last Friday

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I told John I was wanting something that looked like it had been around the block, gigged over the last 48 years or so but taken care of, not drug behind a truck. John does great aging and he's matched up a body only refin to the existing wear on my '72 P, and he does a lot of work for Kebo, so I knew he could handle the job. We've all seen a lot of these type builds from various makers that look "over the top" and just don't "look right". John's work, however, is slick and subtle.

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The neck is a Musikraft neck, slab rosewood board (rolled edges), vintage style frets and a vintage 7.5" radius. The profile is nice and slim and not "baseball bat-ish". It feels like a well worn bar of soap with no sharp edges or fret ends. Tall vintage reverse style tuners and the hootnanny button. John added just enough wear to various spots on the neck and headstock that it really turned out nice. The rosewood was stained a bit darker, and the position markers were slightly toned down to keep the vintage vibe going.

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and the ubiquitous headstock ding from whacking it into the ceiling as recreated by John

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The pickups are the excellent David Allen Jazz bass pickups http://www.dallenpickups.com/category_s/54.htm that sound fabulous! If you haven't heard these before, do a quick search for his guitar/bass pickups on YouTube. You'll thank me later. John softened the edges of the pickup covers for that "worn-in look".

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Also, at John's recommendation I went with a Redeemer circuit from Creation Audio http://www.creationaudiolabs.com/redeemer to give me all this sonic goodness:

"The Redeemer is an innovative buffer circuit that eliminates tone loss caused by the interaction of instrument electronics and the loading effect of the cable, effects units and amplifier. The instrument is effectively insulated from the rest of the signal chain providing these benefits:

IMPROVED NOTE CLARITY
Individual notes within chords are heard with greater detail - harmonics jump right out!

QUICKER TRANSIENT ATTACK
The guitar becomes very responsive to the players picking velocity and strength... This is something you will feel!

ULTRA LINEAR AND TRANSPARENT
The timbre of the instrument stays consistent, especially when “rolling back” the volume controls! No loss of high frequencies when you turn down your instruments volume - It's like having a master volume that keeps your tone the same at any volume level.

PLUG DIRECTLY INTO THE LINE INPUT ON A MIXER
Because the output impedance is less than 300ohms the circuit can easily drive a line input for going direct to a mixer.
This results in a clear, full range of tone that sounds better than using a direct box for live or recording applications."


I don't know, but it does sound good to my ears..

He gave the control plate a bit of oxidation for that "patina of age", and softened the edges of the control knobs. Also the tugbar was given the aged look

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The bass shipped with a set of ashtrays, and a case is included (though John was out of cases at the time of shipping so it will come along later). I've had a number of Jazz style basses over the years, including Sadowsky, Lakland, Fender, and G&L. I've gotta tell you, this El Dorado sounds the best of them all and is equal to any of the others as far as components, fitting and assembly. Finish is a little hard to comparatively rate as this is the only aged jazz I’ve ever had! LOL!

To sum it all up, I’m pretty darned tickled.

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Re: Bluesman Vintage "El Dorado" !!

Postby ghiadub » Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:35 pm

That is an amazing attention to detail.

Congrats on a beautiful bass
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Postby nolabass » Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:24 pm

That is great work. It really does have a 100% honest look to the wear. Sweet!
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Re: Bluesman Vintage "El Dorado" !!

Postby DaveyG67 » Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:45 pm

Man, that is top notch work! Congrats!
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Re: Bluesman Vintage "El Dorado" !!

Postby DKWilkins » Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:19 pm

Thanks guys- he shot everything in nitro as well. The whole shebang weighs in just under 9 1/2lbs. Balances very well.

I think when relic'ing or aging parts it is very easy to go too far. From my perspective, when you feel like you haven't gone far enough, THAT'S the point where you need to draw back and quit. Less really is more. And it needs to make logical sense as to where the guitar will "wear", too many folks just beat them up with the same tool and you end up with a haphazard design of nicks and dings that are the same size, obviously made by the same tool, and cover the bass rather than a few tasteful non-matching dings along leading edges and high wear areas. It's a very wholistic approach that pulls one of these off with success.
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Postby hmagman » Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:14 pm

Really NICE! Congrats... [smilie=music-smiley-005.gif]
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Postby harleyyy » Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:47 pm

WHOA mang, me likey. [smilie=cool-smiley-031.gif]
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Re: Bluesman Vintage "El Dorado" !!

Postby felig » Sat Aug 13, 2011 9:27 am

Amazing work--love it.
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Re: Bluesman Vintage "El Dorado" !!

Postby Gil Escalera » Sat Aug 13, 2011 9:38 am

That is some unbelievable work. Congrats man. [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif]

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