I have been lurking on LC for months but haven't been active on the forum for the past couple of years. I have learned a lot from both professional and amateur builders on here and have finally decided to attempt my own build. I have a decent amount of woodworking experience and will be using the wood shop in my college for this job.
Here is my design:
(I would like to thank Beauchene Implements for his wonderful tutorials on CAD design that helped me make this illustration on Rhino. Tutorial: CAD and CAM for Luthiery
Anyway, as you can see, the body shape is very similar to a Fodera Monarch. I scaled it down a little bit to look more proportional with the 32 inch scale and changed the curves of the waist and horns a little bit.
As this will be my first build, I don't want it to be too expensive to make so I will be using some parts that I already have on hand:
-cream DiMarzio model P/J set
-black ''Hipshot A style'' generic copy
-black generic tuners
The woods I will use will be as follows:
-quartersawn curly maple neck
-purpleheart fretboard side dots and truss rod cover
The bass will feature passive vol-bal-tone wiring, a series-parallel switch for the P pickup and a series-parallel-out of phase switch for the blended position. The P pickup is in the Stingray sweetspot (like an SD curlee, I think) and the J pickup is a little bit closer to the bridge than the Rickenbacker neck pickup position (all scaled down to 32 inches, of course). The control plate design is still a work-in-progress.
The construction will probably be bolt-on but I'm contemplating going with a set-neck for better comfort. I am also undecided on the position of the neck pickup. I may go for the regular J neck pickup position.
I am not sure using the J pickup from a P/J set will be a good idea because it is a bridge pickup, therefore longer than a regular neck pickup so I may have some string alignment issues.
I would love to hear any and all opinions and/or suggestions from all of you. Input about the control plate design, pickup positions and neck to body joint are especially welcome.
Thank you all very much, and I look forward to sharing this experience with you!