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BeeTL



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kregg wrote:
Leo would probably put his foot up their arse.
Is ASSHAT taken? Twisted Evil

Laughing

I just got that!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Back in the saddle with some six-stringers...satin finishes this time around:







Also, working on a bunch of harnesses for a single-pickup Primaluxe bass:


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The harnesses are finished and shipping out:



Now, this is happening:


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As far as I know, the Lowe by Hipshot is the only "chopped" six-saddle guitar bridge that is a top-load, string-through, and a direct replacement for a vintage 6 + 4 T-style.

A Bigsby-compatible plate is also in the works.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nut slots don't just cut themselves.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here’s a nice little writeup on my Primaluxe basses and plug and play electronics from a couple of members over at ebassist.com:

Kindness: SmallEQ and I spent part of the afternoon today playing around with BeeTL's plug and play harnesses on our basses. SmallEQ's bass is the fiesta red, mine is the sea foam green. We both started the day with the Lollar Thunderbird option:



In addition to the two Lollar Thunderbird pickups, we had (clockwise starting in the upper left) a TV Jones Thunder'Blade, a Fralin Hum Canceling P90, and two Guild BS-1 pickups (only one shown):



You can see from the back of the pickguards that the only thing you need to do to swap in a new set is plug in the ground wire, everything else is wired up and ready to go:



We were both big fans of the Guild BS-1.



SmallEQ is sticking with the BS-1 (BiSonic/Darkstar) shown above, but I decided on the TV Jones Thunder'Blade:



Kindness: The swaps are dead simple and it is really a unique experience to be able to play different pickups in the same bass with the same setup back to back within minutes of each other. And it's even better when you can audition them side by side in such similar basses. It made it really easy to pick exactly the pickup option I wanted and see how similar and dissimilar the options were.

I am someone that typically tweaks whatever setup is in front of me to a mostly consistent sound. I basically try to take anything you put in front of me and do my best to make it sound like Bob Nyswonger recording a P bass. That's too complimentary of my playing and tone, but it's the sound in my head. That's "bass" to me.

I started with the Lollar. It was my least favorite. More "Bartolini" and less "Aero." Smooth, rounded notes. To me, its muffled. To others, it's thick and juicy.

The other three set of pickups are more alike than dissimilar. In a progression away from the Lollar sound I would go Guild BS-1, TV Jones Thunder'Blade, and Fralin Hum Cancelling P90. In isolation, I prefer the Fralin. But it is close enough to the others that I would be more than happy with the Guild or TV Jones. In fact, factoring in that I already have a Dark Star bass (Lakland Hollowbody), and Fralin P bass (my Lakland Glaub), and because the pickup looks rad as mudflap, I am sticking with the TV Jones.

One of the things I love about the Guild BS-1 (and my Dark Stars) is the ability to adjust each pole piece. They are sensitive and, at the right height, are fantastic. The TV Jones pickup is also sensitive to height adjustments. At first, it was a bit thin, but bringing it up to about 3/16" below the E string was a noticeable improvement.

I'm really impressed by the execution of the plug and play concept. Now that I'm done plugging, I'm ready to get playing.

SmallEQ: While I'm not trying to make each bass sound like a Pbass, I do tend to make every bass sound the same and when I can't I generally don't keep it for very long. The Lollar Thunderbird pickup fell into this category for me.

When we were swapping the bisonic and the TV jones we started off by looking up what the recommended string distance was and that made it easy enough to dial it in. I think ultimately I preferred the TV Jones pickup a bit more, but I've always wanted a DS bass and the sound was close enough that I decided to go with the DS.

May ask you to whip me up another assembly with the TV Jones pickup at some point, but probably wouldn't be necessary. My other bass has the TV Jones Thundertrons and I must say that with my experience with both kinds of TV Jones bass pickups, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm adding a Combo 600 inspired guitar body shape to the portfolio.

Behold the Comboluxe:




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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As you all probably know, guitar building is my passion, but it’s not my career.

My day job is with a Fortune 150 company.

They did a nice little writeup on me in January.

I thought that was pretty cool!


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's cool that your employer recognizes your passion that we already knew
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Lon!

It was a nice boost, for sure.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, it's finally (almost) official.

I am graduating with my B.A. from Eckerd College in May.

It's never too late.

https://www.eckerd.edu/commencement/



I have been a bit sidetracked finishing up my college degree, working up some new designs for guitar, and accumulating inventory.

Things are about to get a little more interesting.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did I mention things are about to get a little more interesting?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool, keep the new designs coming
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Lon!

Some pics of recent activities, two T-styles in for hot-rodding.

The Foto Flame finsished up , and a Warmoth build gets a new neck.



My first ever mahogany neck, a 32" scale conversion neck finished in vintage amber satin:







Bill Malik with bass #001 on stage with the Wilson Van at the Capitol Theater:




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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wanted to take a moment to thank everybody who has followed Lowe Custom Guitars for your support throughout the years, and over the last few months in particular.

Between the loss of my mother, my daughter Natalie’s high school graduation and enrollment at University of Central Florida, and my own graduation from Eckerd College, it has been an eventful summer.

I am grateful to be surrounded by supportive friends and family, mindful that I have been gifted with a life experience beyond anything I could have reasonably expected, and hopeful that I can somehow reciprocate and share that experience with others as I continue along my path.

Thank you all for being in my life.

[IMG]http://www.lowecustomguitars.com/wp-content/gallery/Image-Hosting/Thank-you.jpg?i=25088287[/IMG]

Now, on to the fun stuff.

Our good friend Señor Rowka has been busy learning about CAD/CAM, CNC, Variable Radius Fillets, hardware and software troubleshooting, tool paths, and dust collection.

The net result of which is this, the Ridler VI prototype:



[IMG]http://www.lowecustomguitars.com/wp-content/gallery/Image-Hosting/IMG_3769.jpg?i=955591930[/IMG]
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