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4 and 5 string ASAT-ish bass builds

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Rowka, Nov 1, 2013.


  1. Rowka

    Rowka

    Dec 9, 2002
    Jacksonville, FL
    For years (decades) I have fantasized about building gutars and basses from scratch but it really seemed like an incredibly daunting task.

    About 12 years ago I "built" (really, more like assembled) and finished a Warmoth bass. It came out great and was my main gigging bas for a long time.

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    Well, I finally took the plunge and built my first guitar. The build is documented here at the TDPRI (Telecaster-centric) forum.

    The success of that build has encouraged me to build a few basses. I had only recently begun and would like to document the builds here.

    Any comments, suggestions, criticisms, or advice along the journey would be appreciated.
     
  2. Rowka

    Rowka

    Dec 9, 2002
    Jacksonville, FL
    I'm building a 4 string ASAT-ish bass and a 5 string modified ASAT-ish bass.

    Since the ASATs are pretty neck heavy I wanted to address that with the 5 string. The plan is to move the bridge, neck, and lower horn further towards the end of the bass, and use a short 3x2 headstock, making the overal length a few inches shorter. May end up looking strange. We'll see.

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  4. Rowka

    Rowka

    Dec 9, 2002
    Jacksonville, FL
    Start with MDF templates.

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    A "little" mahogany

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    A little maple

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    A little katalox

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    ooh, this is gonna be purdy

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  5. Rowka

    Rowka

    Dec 9, 2002
    Jacksonville, FL
  6. Well, my luck is having a professional luthier's guidance. But the best advice is: plan everything well!
     
  7. Rowka

    Rowka

    Dec 9, 2002
    Jacksonville, FL
    Cut away what doesn't look like a bass.
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    You get this
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    And this
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  8. Rowka

    Rowka

    Dec 9, 2002
    Jacksonville, FL
    Necks
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    5 String
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  9. Rowka

    Rowka

    Dec 9, 2002
    Jacksonville, FL
    Cutting fret slots.

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  10. Rowka

    Rowka

    Dec 9, 2002
    Jacksonville, FL
  11. Rowka

    Rowka

    Dec 9, 2002
    Jacksonville, FL
    Radiused the four string fingerboard.

    Set up for 12" radius
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    Lined up
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    Checking cutting depth
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    Done
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  12. Rowka

    Rowka

    Dec 9, 2002
    Jacksonville, FL
    Radiused on the router jig, sanded to 320 grit and buffed. No finish. No oil. No wax.

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  13. Rowka

    Rowka

    Dec 9, 2002
    Jacksonville, FL
    Today's lesson:
    Sandpaper gets dull, but it's cheap so just change it already.

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    4 and 5 string necks getting glued.
    I hope I have enough clamps.

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  14. Rowka

    Rowka

    Dec 9, 2002
    Jacksonville, FL
    So today I built this universal neck pocket routing jig that I saw on Dave Myka's site ( http://www.mykaguitars.com/tools/neckpocketjig/ )
    There are some refinements I'd like to work out, but hopefully you can see how it works.

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    And this is what I got

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  15. Rowka

    Rowka

    Dec 9, 2002
    Jacksonville, FL
  16. Rowka

    Rowka

    Dec 9, 2002
    Jacksonville, FL
    Tapering necks in preparation for carving the profiles.

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    Oops, the 5 string bridge I have is taller than the 4 string. I didn't measure before. D'oh!

    Oh well. All shimmed up with a bit of maple.

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  17. Rowka

    Rowka

    Dec 9, 2002
    Jacksonville, FL
    Neck shaping day.

    Weapons.
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    Setup
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    Taking away what isn't supposed to be there.
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    Looking good. A little sandpaper work tomorrow, thin the headstock, and it'll be ready for frets.

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  18. Rowka

    Rowka

    Dec 9, 2002
    Jacksonville, FL
    I feel like Tim Allen.

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    This transition is kicking my ass.

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    The 4 string is going a bit smoother. :)

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  19. Very nifty, I had to look at it for a moment. I like the idea. Until I get my CNC I may just have to use that idea.
    Some nice work thus far.
    I have a build going on here as well, currently however I am waiting for more parts to show up.
    Keep the pictures coming, love to pick up on new ideas!

     
  20. P.S., where did you pick up the nice fret board box saw????
     



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