Electric Basses

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Laminated Fretless Electric Bass

Maple, mahogany, rosewood.


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Laminated Fretless Electric Bass

Rear view detail.


Covering The Basses


        On the electric bass front, I delved into the fabrication of a fretless instrument. Without frets, there are virtually no critical dimensions and there is a great sense of purity, ease and satisfaction in bringing them to fruition. For strength, design and sustain, I gravitated toward multiple laminates, first in the laying up of bodies, then finally inclusive of the necks. Hidden glued-in mortise neck joints gradually evolved to more contiguous through-the-body designs. 

        My favorite aspect of working with multiple laminates is the sheer topographic thrill of creating contours on the rounded sculptural edges of the body and neck. I sold my favorite bass (shown at left and right) to my good friends Russ & Becky Jeffers of Smokey Mountain Sunshine in Nashville, but like any of my creations, I regretted letting it slip away. 

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Lamination Plan


Multi-Laminate Exotic Wood 

Fretless Electric Bass.



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"Maverick" Electric Bass

by dick boak



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Early Prototype of

Martin EB-18 Electric Bass

by dick boak