4 and 5 string ASAT-ish bass builds

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  1. Rowka

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    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

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    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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  3. Rowka

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    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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  6. Rowka

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    Well, my luck is having a professional luthier's guidance. But the best advice is: plan everything well!
     
  8. Rowka

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    Cut away what doesn't look like a bass.
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  9. Rowka

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    Necks
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  10. Rowka

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    Cutting fret slots.

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    Radiused the four string fingerboard.

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    Lined up
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    Radiused on the router jig, sanded to 320 grit and buffed. No finish. No oil. No wax.

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    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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    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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    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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  18. Rowka

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    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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    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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  20. Luthier Atlanta

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    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!

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

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