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Time To Build A Bass Guitar

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by Toepfer, Jan 8, 2020.

  1. Toepfer

    Toepfer Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    I was allway interested in tuning and repairing guitars and basses. So I decided to try and build my own guitar as a first try (after watching every youtube video I could find).

    Naturally I had to exaggerate and the one guitar I wanted to build became four (and another three unfinished bodys and wood for three more and some more wood for necks ...).

    Now it's time to start the real thing :)

    Yesterday I got the last piece of wood to start the Bass project.
    BassWood.jpg

    As I don't own a Jazz Bass, the plan is to build a fretless (with lines) 5 String Jazz Bass.

    The body will be mahogany,
    BodyWood.jpg

    a wenge neck with ebony fretboard.
    NeckWood.jpg

    I plan to not rush the build. If you are interested, I will post pictures of the progress.
     
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    Toepfer Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    And one more picture of the top.

    TopWood.jpg
     
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    Sounds nice :) What kind of pickups, bridge, tuners and electronics did you planned for it?
     
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    Sweet! Looking forward to this!
     
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    Nice! I play my fretless jazz 5 in passive mode most of the time so I suggest if you do go active allow a passive mode.

    Also, check out ABM for hardware. They are located in Berlin.

    ABM Bass-Brücken
     
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    I don't know yet 100%, what hardware I'm going to use. What I know is, I don't like crome hardware, so I guess the hardware will be black.

    The first idea was to use parts I already have. I have a set of Bartolinis, one set of active EMG JJ and a set of active EMG PJs.
    I also have the left over electronics from a Fortress and one from an 86 Streamer (with the older EMG Board) and a Glockenklang 2 way. So I guess it will be a 4 pot setup.
    I also have two Warwick bridges left, but I'am not shure if these would fit. Otherwise I would tend to use a Schaller 3-D5 Bridge.
    Tuner I was thinking Schaller BM 4BC. Or use the set of black Wick tuners I have, but I thing the smaler tuners would look stupid on the f type headstock.

    At the moment I'm thinking about whether to use a conventional two way trus rod or an MM style and the MM sounds like the better option (it is what I used on two of the guitars and it really convenient).
    The other question is, whether to build a one peace wenge neck or make it a three piece wenge with maple stipes in between or something else ( I have a left over black limba top that warped on one side, that I could use two stripes of that for in between the wenge pieces or some mahogany). Or go two piece wenge with thee stripes of something else in the middle, or ...
     
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    ABM would be a good idea for a bridge as well, I have to look into them
     
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    One more thing - no pickguard. Electronics cavity will be routed from the back
     
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    Found some time over the weekend and went a big step forward.

    First rough cut the mahogany.
    Body_rough.jpg
    Then the Top wood
    Top_rough.jpg
    The it's time to glue the top
    Body_glue.jpg
     
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    After gluing the top to the body I routed the final body contour.
    Body_withoutRadius.jpg

    Then I routed a radius (1/2") around the whole body - and added one coat of oil, as the golden Phoebe is very soft and I want to protect it a little bit.
    Body_done.jpg

    This is as far as I got. Now it will take some time for me to saw the neck. I decided to make a three piece wenge neck with 2 stripes of maple veneer. But that wil take a couple of weeks
     
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    Looking great so far!
    Be careful sawing that wengé, its dust and splinters are poisonous. I quote:

    Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, breathing Wenge wood dust has been reported to cause central nervous system effects, abdominal cramps, irritation of the skin and eyes, and is a sensitizer. Also, Wenge splinters tend to take longer to heal and are more likely to go septic (get infected) than splinters from other woods.
     
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    I know. I experienced this with the first guitar wenge neck I built. A friend of mine is a boat builder who told me not so cut or sand wenge without a mask. Splinters I can confirm, they almost always get infected.
     
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