Blackhearted Sassafras on Victorian Ash
I started a new build for a client few weeks ago, so I have done some of the work already.
This is a "budget" build so I'm not using an exotic wood combination. I might disappoint all wood lovers out there ;)
There are many great luthiers on Talkbass already, so I won't bore you with to much process pictures.
The point of the post is just want to give some reference to Australian wood, just in case there are some people out there are looking to build using Oz woods.
I don't think Oz wood is getting much of love in TalkBass yet.:D
- 5 string
- 35" scale
- Rear route, with front jack input
- Neck joint
- 2-piece Victorian Ash
- Wood control cavity
- Blackhearted Sassafras (not bookmatched)
- Wenge accent veneer under the top
- 2 piece Victorian Ash
- Matching headstock plate
- Poplar, 24 fret, 15" radius
- Black side dot markers
Frets: Mandolin frets
- Dual action truss rod
- Tuners: black, 5 string tuner set
- Bridge: black, hipshot type B
- Nut: Buffallo horn nut (black colour)
- Knobs: black, aluminum knobs
- Straplock: black, Schaller style straplock
- White C Basses logo
- Neck: Bartolini XXP25M-B
- Bridge: Bartolini XXP25C-T
- Tone monster (3 band, active/passive)
Some of the progress:
Gluing the top
Gluing the body
Gluing and dressing the neck - those 2 pieces of wood came from the same board, I just want to make the end grain to be \\\/// , so it will be more stable
Prepping the body
Gluing the top and the headstock plate
Shaping the top and overall look
Enjoy and thanks for looking...
"Not using exotic woods?" Over there in Australia that's all there is! XD Nice work, looking forward to this one!
However, exotic word is usually used for african or south american woods...
Thanks for the support Joshinator
How did you find Sassafras cheaply!
They have got an eBay store as well.
I bought 1 bookmatched boards (2 boards, total dimension was 1.7m x 20mm x 25mm). I got it resawn into 2 bookmatched boards (4 boards). All for $210 I think.
Free shipping and if I'm not mistaken he didn't charge me for the resawing service.
I can get at least 6 tops out of those and some off cuts (enough for pickup cover, cavity cover or trus rod cover). It comes to $35 even each top, which I think quite good/cheap deal.
He has some rare oz burls as well, like tassy myrtle burl, tassie musk burl and sometimes tassie blackwood burl
Great guy to deal with.
I've read that sassafras wood is a direct toxin, in case you didn't know.
That bass looks really great. :)
I did a research about the species, and I found that the toxic part is the oil extracted from the roots and wood.
I'm not sure whether blackhearted sassafras is in the same family as sassafras, but it is a common wood in here. It is used to create all sort of things. Table, cabinet, bowl, guitars, etc.
Thankfully, I have always been working with respirator (with particulate and odour filter), eye protector and ear protector at all times.
I hope you are doing the same thing, since burls can cause health issues as well.
Apart from all of the scary facts, blackhearted sassafras is an awesome wood to work with. Reasonably hard for tops, I don't think sealer is necessary, plus the natural black streaks are adding some goodness to the look.
I'm highly recommending it...:D
The sassafras you're using is beautiful. I really like the look of it.
I honestly didn't know that burls could cause issues. I've tried looking it up and haven't found anything, so I'm glad you let me know. I try to wear a dust mask and safety glasses (although, I'll admit I don't always) and I've been using skin shielding lotion too.
Cool new build! The sassafras is a really interesting topwood. I've never head of it before. What is the ash like for the neck? I haven't seen alot of ash necks, but it seems like it would be a good wood to use.
Thanks for the compliment, you should try blackhearted sassafras in the future...:D
Like the sassafras, the ash is neither swamp nor northern ash. It is oz ash, which is quite different in my opinion. Not sure why the call it ash.
The grain is tighter and more uniform. It is quite hard and reasonably light weight.
All those opinion is based on my observation only, no real measuring activity done yet.
LOVE Vic ash. It's the same wood species as Tasmanian Oak too. I've built all my necks from it and used it for fingerboards too. Like Harry said, its very hard, similar to rock maple maybe a little softer. The grain is more open and stringy than US maples, so you have to grain fill more, but it's very, very strong and stable. The only down sides I've found with it are that the end grain tears out easily with a router and that you tend to get scorch marks if you linger with the router or power sander.
This is my first time using VIC ash. Actually, got the idea from your build... :D
I normally use TAS myrtle for neck. You should try it some other time, I think it is stiffer for neck, but a little heavier.
Blackheart is genus Atherosperma, american sassafras is Sassafras albidum. The american stuff is very coarse grained so very different.
The discoloration of buckeye burl is caused by spalting, iirc. Spalt is fungus, not good to breathe in. The blackline coloration of blackheart sassafrass also seems to be a spalting process, so keep that respirator on. Can't be too safe.
I'm not taking my respirator off...:D
Thanks for the info
This is all really good to know. Reminds me that I should get a better mask...
Victorian Ash? What is that? Is it of the same genus as American Ash trees (fraxinus)?
Beautiful bass by the way. Love the top.
In Australia, a lot of Eucalyptus tress are named after European tress that look similair, but are completely different.
Neck shaped with additional Tasmanian blackwood heel cap and fretboard got radiused (15")
It is still sanded with a very rough grit.
Thank you for looking.
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