And, we’re back for part two in the the evolution of the Intergalactic Ashula.
Brief recap of part 1; Maiven McKnight, the Aerosol Queen, and the Ashula drew quite a crowd during Fredericksburg’s Art Attack. You can see Maiven painting the back of the bass here. I got the bass home and it was apparent after a few days that I was going to ask her to paint the front to match. The bass just felt incomplete.
I contacted Maiven via Messenger and set up an appointment to meet. Once the appointment was set, I stripped the hardware, covered the pickups and the ground wires, and did other prep work.
It was a long 48 hours waiting for my appointment with Maiven. By no fault of hers….it was like waiting for Christmas to arrive.
The morning of her appointment came. She set up in front of my house and got to work. In about 20 minutes, Maiven created another slice of time space continuum on my bass.
I let the paint dry that afternoon while I was at work. Again…more “night before Christmas syndrome” hitting me. For all the patience I exercised in trying to get the fretless bass “right” over such a long period of time…yeah that was all out the window for some reason with this project.
That evening, the Ashula was reassembled and ready to go back to work. I had two sets of GHS Infinity strings from Jonathan Moody to try out (thank you Jon!). They had just arrived and they were perfect for this application. Red strings weaving through the interstellar theme. Plus I could try the strings on a level playing field to compare them in both fretted and fretless applications.
The compass piece on the Ashula’s truss rod cover is by April Tos of Corvus Creations. The strings are GHS Infinity Steel in the red coating, courtesy of Jonathan Moody. The custom pickups for the Ashula were created by Mike Cooper of Watson Pickups/Watson Guitars.
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