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Bass of the Week: Scopel P-Board Bass

Scopel P-Board Bass

I love it when luthiers think outside the box with the woods they use for their instruments. A recent trend has been to recycle old skateboards to create instant mojo, and Brazilian bass builder Antonio Cesar Scopel nailed it with his P-Board bass.

Inspired by the Fender Precisions from 1951 to 1957, the P-Board’s body is made entirely from used skateboards joined by nuts and bolts. Its maple neck is on the slim side with 20 frets and a compound radius of 7.5 inches to 10 inches.

For electronics, Scopel went with a Hot Rails humbucker that can be switched into series and parallel operation. An acrylic thumb rest allow for anchoring and comfort. Hardware includes a string-thru stainless steel bridge made by Scopel himself with wooden saddles.

Check out this demo of bassist Tofik Ferdinian playing through The Police’s “Message In A Bottle”:

Scopel Guitars P-Board Bass Specs:

Body:Used Skateboards
Body Thickness:1.77″ in the center to .78″ on edges
Fingerboard Radius:7.5″-10″
Bridge:Scopel “String Thru” stainless steel bridge
String Spacing at Bridge:17mm
Pickup:Hot Rails Humbucker
Controls:Tone, Volume, Selector Switch (Series / Off / Parallel)
Total weight:9.2 lbs

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