After asking your opinions about all sorts of things, "Fundabirds are GO!"
These are the general specs as suggested by CT, but with some edits..
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A. 32" scale
B. 1 picksup in the sweet spot (& possible Piezo in bridge)
D. solid, but thin and beveled
E. Vic Ash with Jarrah board
F. floating wooden bridge
G. vol/tone (blend controls)
H. regular headstock
I. set neck
J. maybe up to a double octave
A. 32" scale
B. 3 pickups, ala G3, Big Al or Lemmy Ric
C. Pine body
D. Solid, but thin and beveled
E. Vic ash neck with Jarah board
F. Individual bridge pieces
G. rotary pickup selector/kill switch wired straight to jack
H. Reverse headstock
I. Bolt on
I'd have liked to have bought a different bridge, but finances have suddenly become very tight round here and I couldn't in all conscience justify dropping $50 on 1 bridge when the rest of the hard ware set me back less than $20. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/4-Single-...ht_1559wt_1139
These two builds will be budget, however, in the spirit of the baritone I just finished, I'm aiming for maximum bang for buck. Ie. custom on a shoestring.
I gave people the option of some other aussie hardwoods for body timber, but as I said, all our money just dissappeared. I've got some 40th birthday money, but I'm squirrelling that away for new machines (hopefully a decent bandsaw and a jointer). With the budget in mind, I finally got round to scrounging up a few old church pews from the church that my churchplant is partnered with. The church has been around for 170year plus, so there's a lot of old timber floating around in old furniture. There was some question about what these pews were made of, however it appears they're pine. So I was allowed to take 2 for free by the elders and management committee. The next ones will be $30 a piece.
Funny story, when I went to collect them today, I walked into the senior ladies bible study...
As you can imagine, turning up to collect vintage church furniture to be cut into small pieces for evil rock music is not something you'd expect older women to be happy about. I sheepishly asked if it was ok to get them out. One of the ladies I know sort of well then asked me, "what are you gonna use them for?"
Very quietly I said, "I was going to use them to build guitars..."
"Oh, that's sounds nice. They're just taking up space under the hall there anyway."
So I pulled the 2 widest ones out and cut them up fast, just in time to get our youngest son from preschool and get home so my wife could use the car. This is what we have...
As you can see, two of them are pretty good, while the other two are pretty cupped. the reason is that as the finish wore off the top, they were washed with water and you can see the result. Anyhow, I think they are usable. I ended up with 4 planks 2100 x 360 x 35mm. I reckon I can get 6-8 body blanks out of this once they've been through the thicknesser. I know people are gonna tell me that's a bit thin, but I like thin or light basses. And this timber is super light and super dry too, which is really nice.
I also came away with these offcuts. Not exactly sure what I'll use them for, but I figure at worst they'd be good cauls.
As I mentioned before, JIO was kind enough to send me this body trace of his 64bird. It's a reverse body, but that's ok, coz it's gonna get some minor tweaks before being used here as a NR body.