Brett Wall has been making his own basses ever since he started playing. He dropped us an email with a couple of his latest creations including what he calls The ThunderBacker. The dual-course, 8-string bass brings together elements of a Rickenbacker, a Thunderbird and a Precision bass for a unique blend and stunning design.
The Ric-inspired body is made of maple while the neck is laminated wenge and flame maple topped with a pau ferro fingerboard.
“The neck shape is much like a Precision bass to accommodate the width and tension of the added course of strings,” Wall shared.
Its pickups, which are Wall’s take on the T-Bird style, are wired through a traditional toggle and standard volume and tone controls with wenge knobs. He then added flair to the bass with a light burst finish and a “a couple of coats of Tru-Oil” on the neck.
Brett Wall’s ThunderBacker 8-string Bass Photos:
Brett Wall’s ThunderBacker 8-string Bass Specs:
- Scale: 33˝
- Body: Maple
- Neck: Maple/Wenge
- Fingerboard: Pau Ferro
- Pickups: T-Bird Style
- Controls: 3-way Pickup Selector, Master Volume, Master Tone
- Hardware: Hipshot Lightweight
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