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Bass of the Week: Dog Tired Guitars Fender Starcaster
Here’s the story:
One of the bass players in our church worship band asked me to build this after having seen the guitars I built for our worship leader. Since I’d not done a bass before, she was willing to be the guinea pig for the prototype.
She wanted a 5 string fretless, and the main points were that it needed to be fairly light and well-balanced. I’ve got a good friend who also happens to be an incredible bassist and devout gear geek, so he helped me with the design.
We based the body off the Fender Starcaster but made it a full 34″ scale rather than short scale. That meant that I ddidn’thave enough room behind the bridge to do a proper top carve like on the original, so I had to find some other way of breaking up all the real estate on the top. I came up with the idea of elevating the wings and doing recessed control knobs. That helped to add a bit more visual interest without taking away from the spectacular figure in the maple.