First Build-medium scale PJ/bass vi hybrid 4 string
I have built a saga kit bass before but I am attempting my first real build by making a body for a Warmoth neck.
This is my design:
It is based on the Fender Bass VI shape with a different pickguard and slightly smaller, more proportional shoulders.
The bass will have an african mahogany body, maple neck with indian rosewood fingerboard, DiMarzio model P/J set, Schaller BML Light tuners and an aluminium pickguard. I haven't decided on the bridge yet.
Here is the mahogany for the body, after the initial milling:
This picture shows the 32'' scale neck that I ordered from Warmoth and some of the other parts that I will be using:
It was taken before I decided on using chrome hardware so the bridge and tuners will be different to the ones in the photo.
The neck specs are as follows:
-flatsawn maple neck
-indian rosewood fingerboard
-SSB Warhead headstock (no paddle choice on short and medium scale)
-1-1/2'' (38mm) nut width
-6230 nickel fretwire
-black corian nut
I will apply a tru-oil finish on both the neck and the body. I may stain the mahogany to get a slightly more brown color because it turned out to be a lot lighter than I expected from seeing its rough sawn stage.
I do have a question for those more experienced than me. I am planning on planing the board down to 1.5'' for its final thickness. Would that be thick enough for a front routed body?
Thank you and stay tuned.
I joined and ripped the sides of my board flat, cross cut it into two sections and glued them to make a body blank. After clamping for 24 hours, I planed the body blank down to 1-3/8''.
I forgot to take pictures of those steps but here is my design printed on paper, laid out on the body blank and traced onto the wood.
I made my relief cuts with the bigger bandsaw that has a wider blade and cut the final shape on a smaller one.
Used a belt sander and an orbital spindle sander to refine the final shape
I forgot to add that after cutting the body, I weighed it and was very surprised to see that it was a little over 3.5 pounds. With the shorter scale and lightweight tuners, this is going to turn out to be a very light bass. :hyper:
You'll also find that the shorter scale further reduces the likelyhood of neck dive. :)
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