Well, now I have overlapping builds, thanks to Lee's fantastic Thunderbird build
, which in turn led me to the TB Thunderbird Club
I've always loved Gibson-style basses and guitars, but I never had a particular fondness for the Thunderbird. That is, until I saw Lee's build thread. Thanks Lee! Now I can't get the TBird out of my head.
I then spent hours and hours reading through all four (now five) TBird club threads, learning lots about the various models and their idiosyncrasies. And, while I could go out and buy one, there isn't a factory TBird available that is set up exactly like I would want.
So of course I have to build me one. Well, two actually. Fraternal twins, built for rocking out!
The first one will be a five-string. The body is scaled down from normal TBird proportions, because I'm not a big guy, and I like the smaller bodies. She starts with a body blank that's been hanging around in my shop for years now - ash center, flanked by korina, flanked by alder. Nice and sturdy. Didn't know what I was going to do with it, until now!
I'm going to put a thin layer of either quilt maple or flame maple on the face of it. It'll be dyed black all over, with as glossy of a clear-coat as I can muster.
The neck is a three-piece flame maple/rock maple/flame maple, which will be set into the body using a deep tenon - a "set-thru", if you will. Here it is all scarfed up:
Fingerboard will be a macassar ebony board from LMII, slotted for 33" scale. She'll also get a pair of Nordstrand Big Splits and a John East BTB-01 preamp. Should be loud and aggressive!
The second will be an eight-string. I made a few mistakes with my last eight-string, and while I still like it, I thought it would be awesome to have an eight-string TBird, and it would allow me an opportunity to correct the mistakes I made the first time around. This one will be a neck-through, sapele/rock maple/sapele, with body wings of cherry/sapele/flame maple. Not sure about the fingerboard yet, but it will also be 33" scale.
I'll either fit it with a Duncan SSB pickup, or transplant the Dark Star from my other eight-string. It'll get either an Aguilar OBP-1 or an EMG BTS preamp. Not sure about finish.
Here's how I tried to minimize waste with my neck blanks:
And here's my tablesaw scarf jig:
Thanks for looking!