The same client whom I have made the Chengal Telecaster for has commissioned me to make another Chengal guitar for him. This time the request was a junior bass guitar. Our conversation started in Dec 2014.
It was indeed another humbling learning journey for me as I am never a bass guitar player and much less a maker for it. This client has been very trusting and accommodating throughout the building journey. For that I was truly gratified to meet a client like him.
Nothing was perfect. I have made mistakes and have also rectified them. Each episode was invaluable to me as I was honing my craftskills. Similar challenges to the Chengal Telecaster were met during the processes.
There were many steep learning segments I have to grapple with. I would like other bass guitar players to like and relate to this bass guitar so I sought to comprehend the preferences of bass guitar players in all related aspects. Indeed the hardest parts were transalting those nuances into features on this guitar, and making them both functionally sound and aesthetically pleasing.
By my God's grace and blessings, it has been built.
Chengal Mustang Junior Bass
The basic specifications of this custom Chengal Mustang Junior Bass Guitar.
- Body: Full Weathered 50 years old Solid Chengal wood
- Body Finished: Satin Clear Polyurethane
- Neck: Figured Maple
- Neck Finished: Satin Clear Polyurethane
- Headface: Flame Maple and Rosewood Marquetry Design
- Headback: Premium Rosewood plate binding
- Fingerboard : Malaysia Blackwood
- Position Inlays: Nil
- Frets: 20
- Fret Size: Super Jumbo
- Scale Length: 30"
- Machine heads: Hipshot Ultralite Locking Tuners
- Neck joint: 6-Bolt
- Truss Rod: 4mm Hex Allen Key
- Nut: Unbleached Bone
- Nut Width: 40mm
- Controls: Master Volume, Bass, Treble, Two-tier Mid
- Neck Pickup: EMG 35DCX 4-string Full Dual Coil Soapbar
- Bridge Pickup: EMG 35DCX 4-string Full Dual Coil Soapbar
- Pickup Selector Switch: 3-Position Toggle
- Pickup Switching: 3-way, (1) Neck, (2) Neck-Bridge, (3) Bridge
- Bridge: Hipshot SuperTone
- Hardware: Chromed
- Pickguard: Nil
- Control Knobs: EMG Knobs
- Controls Cover: Paduk with Marquetry Design
- Neck Plate: Paduk and Rosewood Design