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  • News | Wyn Guitars - Part 3
    a very musical sounding bass The first time I used this combination was on Abraham Laboriel s 6 string The California player that ordered this bass wanted to get as close to what I had done for Abraham as possible The neck is a 7 lamination neck with two taper cores of Wenge Padauk stripes and outer rails of Bubinga Figured Cocobolo fretboard Sweet click image to enlarge The next Cocobolo 6 string bass went to the Canadian Jon Laws Drake s Bassist The top is comprised of heartwood reddish and sap wood whitish The sap wood is the newest growth to the outside of the tree the heartwood older growth in the tree s center I love to find this combination somewhat rare when I can as it graphically redefines the shape of the guitar Cocobolo is also a great tone wood and is fairly even across all frequencies A full Wenge neck with Padauk stripes This bass knocked down my neighbors garage before Jon got it It had to go to Canada for the safety of all Americans click image to enlarge This Cocobolo 5 string went to David Bassman Celestin in New York Ashanti s bassist and one of our newest Wyn players There s that Wenge and Padauk 7 lamination neck again I seem to have a pattern going here With the Wenge tone layer on the body this bass has that same HUGE authoritative sound click image to enlarge And finally the last three photos are of Eric Pikfunk Smith s Ziricote bass We worked together over a number of months to get the look that Eric was going for His main request was that he wanted a visual flow to go uninterrupted from one end of the bass to the other I ended up doing several unusual things to his guitar to achieve this look First the guitar is a neck thru like all my basses but I laminated Ziricote onto the front of the neck as it passes through the body I basically built a mosaic of woods that connected in design from the top wing to the middle to the bottom wing They look like one continuous board but believe me they re not Then I cut the fret board out of a matching Ziricote board maintaining the light streak on the upper side of the neck I cut a truss rod cover out of Ziricote and I had a headstock cap out of Ziricote But then I looked at the guitar and decided it needed an accent A patch of red I mean common you guys you can overdose on Ziricote ya know So I found a Cocobolo piece that maintained the light pattern but then went to red To me it just made the rest of the bass pop click image to enlarge Eric also requested that I carve the base of the bass in a way that supported the Ziricote grain patterns And with a thick tone layer of Wenge right under the Ziricote top it provided a nice dark textured grain to go with the top Eric liked it so much that he very nicely explained to me that if I ever made anyone else a bass that looked anything like his he would come down and kill me So you guys heard it first here Don t anybody ask for a bass that looks just like this one click image to enlarge And finally here s the back of the bass with a Ziricote back and solid Wenge neckthru Really he did he said he d kill me click image to enlarge Published by Randy on July 21st 2010 at 8 27 pm Filed under News Photo Gallery 1 Comment Erik Griggs at the Piano I am continually amazed at how many bass players that come to my place to purchase a bass end up sitting down at my piano and just wailing Here is a taste of one of my newest Wyn bass players Erik Griggs piano playing Published by Randy on July 21st 2010 at 6 56 pm Filed under News Comments Off on Erik Griggs at the Piano Maurice Fitzgerald on Good Morning America On April 22 Maurice Fitzgerald appeared with Marvin Sapp and his new Wyn bass on Good Morning America Video via ABC is no longer available but we managed to snag this screen shot Maurice Fitzgerald on Good Morning America Published by Randy on April 22nd 2010 at 11 42 pm Filed under News 1 Comment Ethan Farmer on Ellen On March 22 Ethan Farmer appeared with Melanie Fiona and his new Wyn bass on the Ellen show Click the image below to view the video Ethan Farmer on Ellen Published by Randy on April 22nd 2010 at 11 07 pm Filed under News Comments Off on Ethan Farmer on Ellen Maurice Fitzgerald and his Wyn basses Maurice discusses the playability of his Wyn basses Maurice Fitzgerald playing one of his Wyn 5 string basses Published by Randy on April 21st 2010 at 11 30 pm Filed under News Comments Off on Maurice Fitzgerald and his Wyn basses Maurice Fitzgerald s 6 String Bass in Progression Here is a rundown of the making of Maurice Fitzgerald s custom 6 string Wyn bass This is a 6 string Claro Walnut topped bass that s nearing completion for Maurice Fitzgerald I had saved this exceptional Walnut for a very long time and his bass seemed like the perfect place to use it I decided it would be a nice aggressive design element to angle the book matched swirly grain patterns in towards the neck It was a fun thing to find this Cocobolo board that could carry this same angle from the body and extend it up the neck click image to enlarge The back received the same Claro Walnut treatment with a body core of African Mahogany The neck construction is using a super thin taper core of Wenge with Padouk striping click image to enlarge This photo also shows the tone and visual accent layer of Padouk just under the Claro Walnut top click image to enlarge Since a 6 string neck built from Wenge can be quite a weighty thing I have done everything possible to carve deep cutaways and to keep the neck as slim in profile as possible I think the easy access right up to the 24th fret is going to be pretty sweet I found a very light weight African Mahogany billet for the body core further reducing the weight This bass will be finished in a couple of days click image to enlarge Thank goodness I m slow at putting together web site entries This allowed me to finish Maurice s bass and photograph it before my latest entries were placed on the site So here it is in all it s glory I must say that with the Claro Walnut top and back Wenge taper core neck and Cocobolo fretboard this bass has a killer warm sound Very pristine and defined highs and mids and yet the low B has an amazing throaty attitude click image to enlarge The Claro Walnut on this top is found in Northern and Central California In addition to its great tone attributes Claro is known for it s highly figured rich brown color and striking grain patterns A very fine wood to work with click image to enlarge From the back this taper core neck thru bass really shows a nice aerodynamic design quality Maurice insisted on taking the bass before I got a chance to test it out in a wind tunnel click image to enlarge The little mark that appears to be a scuff mark on the edge is actually part of the wood I sanded and sanded thinking it was a surface mark It was not Lets call it a distinctive beauty mark that only nature can provide There is no up charge for this special feature that appears from time to time click image to enlarge These 6 ferrules give the option to string through the body from the back as well as from the top click image to enlarge Published by Randy on April 21st 2010 at 10 52 pm Filed under News Photo Gallery Comments Off on Maurice Fitzgerald s 6 String Bass in Progression Robin Zielhorst s 5 String Fretless Robin Zielhorst is the bass player for the band Cynic Here are some photos of the making his custom 5 string fretless Wyn bass This is the start of Robin Zeilhorst s 5 string fretless bass It was a very complicated bass to make for a number of reasons that I ll get into as we go along I will never forgive Robin for putting me through this He s a very nice guy and I like him but I m going to have to some how punish him for a very long time click image to enlarge Yes yes yes I sure do use a lot of glue don t I Apparently I own some stock in the Tight Bond Glue Company click image to enlarge The body top is out of the wildest Ziricote I ve ever seen At this point I have stacked the layers of the body wings but they re not yet glued together The Padouk stripes in the neck will be a nice colorful accent to the mainly black and white Ziricote and Wenge click image to enlarge The reverse side of the guitar with a Ziricote back Ziricote comes from Mexico and Central America and grows like no other wood I know of The grain resembles an art nouveau cloud illustration I can t make any sense of how the tree grew to produce these swirling patterns Ziricote is extremely hard and produces a clear bell like tone click image to enlarge The layers have now been glued together and the body is ready to shape Notice on the top upper horn that the Ziricote doesn t completely cover That s because there is a Wenge tone layer right underneath it that I plan to reveal with the carving The edge grain on Wenge will add a nice graphic contrast to the Ziricote click image to enlarge At this point I have shaped and buffed the wings to start to get an idea of how it will look when finished The wings are still not glued to the neck I go as far as I can in shaping the wings before gluing to the neck because there is such easy access to the wings when they re separate Once the neck is glued on you have to navigate around it when shaping Not impossible but certainly a lot more work click image to enlarge Here I have a custom jig for gluing the wings to the neck The clamping shape to the right is bolted to the jig but slides in slots That way it won t flip off of the guitar when tension is introduced but will still slide so that I can tighten the wings against the neck while gluing You re also starting to see some of the inlay work on the fretless finger board This was all Robin s idea click image to enlarge Actually what we have going on here is that I have cut slots for each fret marker across the Macassar Ebony board But rather than have white line inlays going all the way across Robin wanted white just under the B string and then mother of pearl markers under the G string I ended up putting white plastic then black dyed wood then mother of pearl markers so that I knew everything was in perfect alignment Also you can see on this photograph how nice the Wenge layer looks against the Ziricote On the lower edge you pick up that great textural striping that is one of the hallmarks of Wenge click image to enlarge To coordinate with the Padouk striping of the neck we chose Padouk for the Wyn laser cut inlay click image to enlarge Some additional shaping at the base to accentuate the wild grain Here you can also see that this bass has five body layers The Ziricote top is followed by Wenge then an orange Padouk accent stripe African mahogany for the body core and then Ziricote on the back click image to enlarge The back and neck are now fully shaped as well click image to enlarge The lighter middle layer connects so nicely with the light portions of the Ziricote next to the neck I d like to take credit for that but that s just one of those happy accidents you get when you work with such stunning wood combinations click image to enlarge As you look at the electronics you can see that we not only have my typical 6 knob configuration but an additional switch and knob This is because Robin requested a piezo bridge saddle pick up as well So we have a full mag pickup set up a full piezo set up and an ability to blend the two together in any proportion desired Quite a lot of work for my dinosaur brain to absorb but it actually worked the first time I plugged it in There are two independent pre amps in this guitar that work in conjunction with each other When you open the electronics cavity it sort of resembles a 12 cylinder BMW click image to enlarge Due to the two pre amps I installed 18 volts worth of batteries in a separate battery box But because Robin had requested a very slim guitar profile there was no where to locate the battery box on the lower wing So I located it on the upper wing and routed the wiring through the pickup cut outs Also this bass has the string through body option to tighten up the low B and to get more sustain and wood resonance Even though that Robin guy really pushed me on this one I learned a great deal and am very pleased as is Robin with the way it turned out click image to enlarge Published by Randy on April 20th 2010 at 10 08 am Filed under News Photo Gallery 1 Comment Edwin Oliver s Bass Progression The following 24 photos document selected steps on the road to building Edwin Oliver s Cocobolo 5 string bass There are of course many steps that are left out but I think you ll get some insights into my process by the ones that are documented here This first photo shows a full scale plan that I make for each bass Two necks in strips are ready for lamination click image to enlarge This is my neck lamination jig Since I do all of the work myself it holds all the clamps in perfect alignment while I assemble the strips with way too much glue on them My motto is Never enough clamps never too much glue This motto has served me well over my woodworking career click image to enlarge Here Edwin s neck is clamped in a taper with opposing tapered boards to allow the clamps to be parallel I have many theories on why taper core necks are great besides the fact that they look very cool having to do with grain and string alignment as the neck tapers toward the head But putting one together can be some kind of fun The glue makes everything want to slide along the taper I have learned a number of tricks along with a number of new swear words to help me accomplish this task click image to enlarge Here I m routing a channel for the truss rod I do this with my opposing tapered boards clamped to the neck so that I have a fence that I can run along to put the channel squarely down the middle of the neck I will laminate on side boards for the headstock after this is accomplished as having the headstock on the neck at this point would be in the way of my fence One of the key things to guitar building is to really figure out the order of every step If you flip the order you can really box yourself into some corners Again the value of the new swear words not really click image to enlarge The blue item with a chrome end is the truss rod As you can see there is no headstock yet just one narrow taper click image to enlarge At the top headstock end the channel must widen and deepen where the round barrel emerges to allow for tightening access with an allen wrench click image to enlarge Here I ve done a set up I just set the fretboard wood on top of the neck and placed the wings next to the neck to photograph and send to Edwin for his approval Since many of the basses I build are for people far away I do many set ups along the path and send them photos to keep them in the process and to make sure that we re on the same page click image to enlarge I of course had laminated and cut out the body wings before this set of mainly neck photographs were taken I laminated a quilted maple back onto the wings and have routed out for the electronic components as well as drilling holes for the controls The neck at this point is just one square heavy chunk of Wenge and Bubinga click image to enlarge This is a photograph of the edge of a wing before it s glued to the neck The two slots that you see are for wood biscuits that will go into the wings and the neck when gluing This makes the neck and body glue joint extra strong and it helps me to align the body

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  • Gallery | Wyn Guitars - Part 3
    Grade Buckeye Burl 5 String AAAAA Maple Burl 5 String Jermaine s Sworavski Crystal Ziricote and Maple 5 String AAAAA Spalted Rippled Maple 5 String AAAAA Lefty Buckeye Burl 5 String AAAAA Heart and Sap Spalted Maple 4 String AAAAA Flamed Koa 6 String Quilt Maple Lefty 5 string Highly Figured Lacewood 6 string Carved Sapele and Ebony 5 string Page 3 of 7 1 2 3 4 5 6

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  • Gallery | Wyn Guitars - Part 4
    Heart and Sapwood Cocobolo 6 string Heart and Sapwood Ziricote 5 string Amboyna Burl 7 string Flamed Shedua 6 string Heart and Sapwood Ziricote 6 string Heart and Sapwood Waterfall Bubinga 5 string Amboyna Burl Fretless 5 string Koa 5 string Quilted Maple 5 string Claro Walnut Burl 6 string Lefty Koa 5 string Page 4 of 7 First 2 3 4 5 6 7 Home About News Music Gallery

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  • Gallery | Wyn Guitars - Part 5
    string Heart and Sapwood Cocobolo 5 string Quilt Maple 6 string Old Growth Redwood Burl 6 string Bookmatched Claro Walnut 5 string Heart and Sapwood Cocobolo 5 string Heart and Sapwood Cocobolo 6 string Carved Ziricote 5 string Ziricote 5 string Koa 6 string Waterfall Bubinga 5 string Claro Walnut 4 string Page 5 of 7 First 2 3 4 5 6 7 Home About News Music Gallery Wood Players

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  • Gallery | Wyn Guitars - Part 6
    Heartwood Cocobolo 5 string Ziricote Fretless 5 String Carved Quilt Maple and Wenge Fretless 5 String Carved Padauk and Wenge 4 string Cocobolo 4 string Carved Quilted Maple and Padauk 5 string Carved Maple Burl and Wenge 5 string Carved Bubinga and Padauk 5 string Carved Quilt Maple 4 string Carved Maple Burl and Wenge 4 string Page 6 of 7 First 2 3 4 5 6 7 Home About

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  • Gallery | Wyn Guitars - Part 7
    Wenge carved 4 string Carved Walnut and Padauk 5 string Carved Wenge and Padauk 5 string Old Growth flamed Redwood 5 string Quilt Maple 5 string Page 7 of 7 First 2 3 4 5 6 7 Home About News

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  • Contact | Wyn Guitars
    Wyn Guitars Please use the form below to contact us We will get back to you shortly Your Name required Your Email required Subject Your Message Please type the following into the field below Home About News Music Gallery Wood

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