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  • 6 Recent Wyn Basses | Wyn Guitars
    eventually I feel I pretty much did and of course when you work with demanding players you always learn a ton All good and the bass has an extremely dynamic and yet bell clear tone click image to enlarge I capped the back of the head stock with Flamed Koa for no particular reason other than I d never done that before and I thought that Bill would appreciate it I like it click image to enlarge Next we have a Ziricote topped 5 string I ve decided that Ziricote like Wenge is pure magic Wenge produces great mids and super lows with attitude and focus Ziricote produces great clarity across all frequencies with a sweet purity in the highs You put these two woods together and you have a pretty great chance of ending up with 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

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  • Maurice Fitzgerald’s 6-String Bass in Progression | Wyn Guitars
    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

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  • Robin Zielhorst’s 5 String Fretless | Wyn Guitars
    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

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  • Edwin Oliver’s Bass Progression | Wyn Guitars
    body glue joint extra strong and it helps me to align the body to neck when my over abundance of slippery glue wants to make everything slide around click image to enlarge Here I am gluing the headstock cap onto the headstock with Wyn laser cut into the cap This cap tucks under the fret board so it must go on before the fretboard click image to enlarge At this point the headstock shape is cut out the fretboard has been notched glued to the neck and radiused It s time to start shaping the neck The pencil line along the edge is to guide my ruff cut of the extra with a band saw click image to enlarge Obviously that just happened That s why I didn t answer the phone for the last five minutes click image to enlarge Here I ve continued to free hand with the band saw cutting bevels along the sides of the neck The band saw removes material much more quickly than rasping and sanding However not so easy to put wood back so I m quite careful in this stage to not go too far click image to enlarge Here we take a big leap forward I have glued the body wings to the neck and the neck is fully shaped It s finally starting to look like a bass guitar I have gone through lots of wood to find cocobolo pieces that continue a nice design flow throughout the guitar The light colored wood is the new growth sap wood near the edge of the tree the red is the heart wood in the tree center click image to enlarge Figuring out a matching headstock to the fret board was some fun When I found a match it s like the final piece of a giant jigsaw puzzle has been put in place Very satisfying click image to enlarge For design and finish I found a beautiful Cocobolo strip to laminate to the back of the neck through I know the audience never sees the back of the guitar but you do This is one of those areas that can add a bit of money not too much but really finishes the guitar nicely To some players it s quite important and well worth it to others not so much Ding ding ding ding ding Yes the correct answer is to PUT THE COOL PIECE OF COCOBOLO IN THERE click image to enlarge It s fretting time The fretboard has a 12 20 compound radius there s a reason for that tricky sounding thing the slots are spaced just perfectly and it s time to pound in the frets while super gluing them It s a double hold in that the tang on each fret wedges into the slot But the super glue puts it in there for life and makes absolute solid contact between fret and wood for great sustain and tone If you re worried about it in the

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  • Marc Bergeron’s Lefty Bass | Wyn Guitars
    it off in grand style click image to enlarge I m putting this one in the News section to also show how amazing some of the quilted Maple is that I have It s just stunning stuff and sounds incredible as well On the neck on this one I put Wenge as the double center tapered core three Padouk stripes and two Bubinga stripes to the outside Bubinga and Wenge are a terrific sound match as they compliment each other well but it s also a nice visual tone gradation to go from the black brown Wenge to the very light Maple click image to enlarge I try to make the head stock cap out of the same wood as the body top Not only the same kind of wood but from the same board This kind of amazing quilt is not going to repeat in exactly the same way from another tree click image to enlarge Mark wanted a photograph of the copper foiled electronic cavity before the electronics went in click image to enlarge Here it is all wired I always make the electronic cavity cover in a matching hardwood usually Wenge The bottom side of this cover is usually signed and dated and if there is a serial number that s where I put it click image to enlarge It only took a week or two past the NAMM show for me to finish up this bass It was my third left handed bass but the first one that I had made that was truly a legitimate lefty The other two Jimmy Haslip s was one of them were right handed string order flipped upside down This dawned on me as I went to test drive the bass I couldn t play it too well with a

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  • Fun at the 2010 NAMM Show | Wyn Guitars
    this is the place Subscribe to our RSS feed so you don t miss the beat Fun at the 2010 NAMM Show Here s a Photo Gallery of our whirlwind weekend at NAMM 2010 Posted on February 22 2010 by Randy This entry was posted in News Photo Gallery Bookmark the permalink Previous Post Wyn Guitars at NAMM Part 3 Next Post Marc Bergeron s Lefty Bass Home About News

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  • There’s a Bass Player in this photo | Wyn Guitars
    photo Okay all you Wyn fans There s our buddy Eric Pikfunk Smith playing his heart out on stage with Rihanna He s the guy in the back Yes there s a guy in the back he has a bass guitar black shirt There is a guy in the back with a black shirt on That s Pikfunk Okay never mind Posted on July 21 2010 by Randy This entry

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