Spy Report – The Elusive iBass

Spy Report – The Elusive iBass

The first spy photos of the long-rumored Iriguchi bass have finally surfaced. From what we can tell it will be a semi-hollow, fatbottom, fretless, electric bass in spalted maple. It will have a 20″ scale and a bladed Maple neck. Here are the photos.

First view shows the fatbottom shape with an unusual sloped top edge. This will allow the  right arm to rest on the body and not the soundboard. The body is hollow only in the lower bout. the upper bout is solid.

First view shows the fatbottom shape with an unusual sloped top edge. This will allow the right arm to rest on the body and not the soundboard. The body is hollow only in the lower bout; the upper bout is solid. The body is carved from a sigle billet of very lightly spalted, quartersawn Maple.

In this back view you can see the fatbottom shape. The neck is inset into the body about 3/8".

In this back view you can see the fatbottom shape. The neck is inset into the body about 3/8″.

In this end view you can see the unusual profile of the body. It is exceptionally comfortable to hold bot sitting and standing. No sharp corners on the contact edges.

In this end view you can see the unusual profile of the body. It is exceptionally comfortable to hold bot sitting and standing. No sharp corners on the contact edges.

This side view shows just how sculpted the body is. The body is approximately 2" deep at its deepest point. It will sit very close to the body as you play her.

This side view shows just how sculpted the body is. The body is approximately 2″ deep at its deepest point. She will sit very close to the body as you play her.

The back is all curves. The iBass is sculpted for maximum comfort. Her semi-hollow body is extremely rigid and will provide a solid platform for the soundboard to vibrate off of.

The back is all curves. The iBass is sculpted for maximum comfort. Her semi-hollow body is extremely rigid and will provide a solid platform for the soundboard to vibrate off of.

We are undecided on the soundboard just yet. We may go with Padauk to give her a dramatic punch of color.

Smile when you play that!™

 

 

 

 

4 Comments

  1. Digging your carved semi-hollow bodies! Looks like lot of fun to create. Can’t wait to see the bass! I’ll probably want to hide mine in the closet after I see yours…

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  2. Hey thanks Mark. I love carving the semi-hollows because you can literally shape them any way you want. There are no limits.

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  3. Heard the amazing iBass played tonight by Sarah Maisel’s great bass player Paul Tillery, who put down his beautiful upright to add the iBass’ amazing funk to Sarah’s “Keep Your Blues To Yourself.” This little baby’s definitely got mojo, and in hands like Paul’s has bluer blues than a midnight freight train steaming through “where the Southern cross[es] the Dog.”

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    • Thanks Rob. I gotta admit I love hearing the “Cthukulele” bass and listening to Paul was indeed a treat!

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