Whitehouse 12-String Basses

Whitehouse custom 12-string basses are built by Tim Whitehouse in San Diego, California. Since 2005 Tim has been the official photographer for Taylor Guitars (also located in San Diego) plus he also builds his own custom instruments. Thus far he has built only two 12-string basses. Both are short scale.

  

Whitehouse "Deluxe" and "SortaDeluxe" model 12-String Basses


Deluxe model

The Deluxe model has a bound body, neck and headstock.

 

The tailpiece on the Deluxe model attaches to the end of the body and has a wood cover.

Deluxe model specs:

Chambered sapele mahogany body
Book matched maple cap with a little flame colored black & sanded back
31" scale
5-piece neck: 3 flame maple + 2 cocobolo splines
24 jumbo frets
Coco fretboard

Single truss rod
MOP dot inlays
Coco over maple PH faceplate
Maple over mahogany back strap
PH volute, PU surrounds and knobs (1V &1T)
Ebony nut, bridge, tailpiece,
Tummy carve
Mini Humbuckers with 5-way switch
Strings are grounded through a replaceable fuse
Ivoroid binding + ivoroid/black purf on top, neck and PH
No name tuners and mini tuners
Finished with 16 coats nitro, high gloss body & neck
Nut width = 1.95, f24 = 2.25
String spacing at bridge is about .6 between the fundamentals
Set neck
Weight 9.5 lbs.


SortaDeluxe model

The SortaDeluxe model

 

  

Deluxe and SortaDeluxe headstocks. The nuts measure just under 2 inches in overall width.

SortaDeluxe model specs:

Chambered sapele mahogany with maple stripes body
Book matched sapele top
31" scale
5-piece neck: 3 flame maple + 2 cocobolo splines
24 jumbo frets
Coco fretboard, bridge, tailpiece and Truss rod cover

Single truss rod
MOP dot inlays
Mahogany over maple faceplate,
PH volute, PU surrounds and knobs (1V &1T)
Bone nut
Mini Humbuckers with 5-way switch
Strings are grounded through a replaceable fuse
Tummy carve
Finished with 16 coats nitro, high gloss body & neck
No name tuners and mini tuners
Nut width = 1.95, f24 = 2.25
String spacing at bridge is about .6 between the fundamentals
Set neck
Weight 9.5 lbs.

 

Tim Whitehouse

Tim can be contacted through his photography website, www.timothywhitehouse.com.