Hi guys, this is my first thread, I thought I'd share a project I've been working on recently. It's not a complete scratch build, more modifying a budget P bass into something resembling a Stingray. I know it won't sound that much like a real 'ray as it's going to be passive and well...not a Stingray. I'm using a Warman pickup wired series/single coil/parallel, which should still give a good tone. Sorry for the poor ipod pics.
I started with this, a Gear4Music P bass, they're pretty good quality instruments for the price so it makes a good starting point.
Stripped all the hardware, drilled pickguard holes, 'routed' the pickup cavity and extra control cavity (with a drill and chisel as I don't have a router). It's messy but it's covered by the PG. I also filled the cavity connecting the two with a chunk of pine as that won't be covered by the PG or control plate.
I filled in the exposed screw holes and wood today with cocktail sticks, PVA and sawdust and then drop filled with black nail polish. I also painstakingly layered nail polish on top of the wood fill. I wet sanded the lot today with 600 up to 2000 grit and it looks okay, you can see it if you look for it but from a distance it's fine. I'll polish it tomorrow and put in the electronics and new bridge.
Thanks for looking!