Raisinburst Jaguar Bass

Raisinburst Jaguar Bass

Raisinburst? Or the “Raisin of Death…” I like the Raisin of Death better. I made the body from a Swamp Ash blank and chose a heavier swamp ash body to balance out the neck. The neck is a Moses graphite neck with some nice mother of pearl inlays. I got the neck on a sale for only 155.00 as these necks can cost over 350 dollars. Badass bass bridge pulled from a 70s P bass the auction said. Pickups are Blackwood CNC covered … what’s that dude’s name… oh yeah Reed James pickups. He had a sale a while back after a Namm show and I don’t think anyone really noticed. I snagged two pairs of Jazz pickups, these blackwood ones and a padauk set for 140, two sets! I’m pretty sure his wood covered pickups start over 2 or three hundred dollars. They are damn nice, nice sounding too which is what counts. I had no idea what this bass might sound like, never using a graphite neck before. Easily my best sounding bass though. Oh yeah, the nut was blessed by a Romanian witch for extra tone and sustain.

Back in the 90’s when I really played bass I owned a late 80’s Fender Japan J bass, a lame Kramer bass, a Guild Pilot 5 string and a 74′ Rickenbacker 4001. This one’s tone smokes all of them, but I still haven’t restored the 4001. I actually didn’t play bass for many years, or guitar. Geez, probably fourteen years of no playing. A few years ago, about four to be exact I started playing again and also started really playing guitar beyond cowboy chords. After a week of playing bass I was right back where I was with the exception of finger endurance and callouses which took about a month. Anyways I’m getting sidetracked… Moses graphite neck is sick, not sterile or weird at all, very woody and piano-like chortle. Lots of chorge in it. I originally finished it in a blue dyed burst but the straw colored swamp ash made it look green. I then just slathered a bunch of purple transtint dye over it and I liked how it came out… like a “raisinburst” or something. It’s a little more purple in person and blue-ish purple on the burst edge.