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Re: Keith Roscoe basses

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Posted by Zach ( on July 24, 2002 at 17:33:50:

In Reply to: Keith Roscoe basses posted by Jon Tegnell on July 18, 2002 at 20:09:40:

Hey Jon,

Not only do I own a Roscoe bass, I love them so much, I own two. I have an LG-3005 5-string and an LG-3006 6-string fretless, each with a mahogany body and Bartolini 18-volt electronics. Keith uses a purpleheart and maple neck which is reinforced with a graphite truss rod. Everyone knows that maple and purpleheart are probably two of the most stable woods out there (Bill Conklin called purpleheart "nature's graphite"). Add a graphite truss rod in there, and you've got a neck that probably won't move unless you adjust it yourself. I live in an incredibly dry climate, and yet the necks on both of my basses haven't budged at all.

Keith Roscoe is truely a master luthier, especially in terms of the combination of woods he uses. I love the mahogany bodies because of their fullness and's a great all-around wood. The swamp ash is excellent too, especially if you like that MusicMan or Lakland tone. The Spanish cedar has a great "natural" tone, perfect for country or jazz players. Keith also offers many fingerboard wood fretted bass has a birdseye maple fingerboard, while my fretless has a rock-hard diamondwood (almost like an ebonwood) board.

They are a bit pricey, but no more pricey than any other custom luthier out there. In fact, compared to some other makers such as Ken Smith, MTD, Lakland, and Pedulla, Roscoe basses are a real bargain!

Hope this helps!


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