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  1. TheCatalyst

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    Hey every one, its been a while since I have posted anything here but I need some professional opinions.

    I'm designing a bass for myself and wanted to make a set neck instead of a through body design. The reason why is because I want to see how a solid all bocote body would sound mated with a bubinga neck and I have never done a set neck before and would like to give the idea a try.

    I will be using bartolini X4 shape soap bars and there will not be a space where the heel sits under the pickup so there would be a section of wood that would look somewhat out of place to me on a solid bocote body.

    The idea that came to me was to route a section of the body out below the surface where the neck pocket will be so I may slide the end of the heel into the slot for more contact and a better joint.

    Has anyone seen this done before with a set neck and also, has anyone used bocote as a full body before? What sort of tone would you suspect from an entire body of bocote?


    Thanks for the help!
    Semper Fidelis
  2. Deep Cat

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    PRS does this with their guitars, if you are describing what I think you are describing. Check out their youtube videos.
  3. TheCatalyst

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    I will post a drawing of what I'm talking about tomorrow to explain it a little better...
  4. pfox14

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    Never done that combination of woods on anything. Bocote and bubinga are beautiful woods. Hope it works out for you.
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  6. TheCatalyst

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    So... I drew these up in a few minutes so everyone could understand what I was saying a littl better. 1389758436849.jpg
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    Has anyone here done this or seen this done with a set neck? If so could you let me know so I can research it a bit? If anyone see any thing that might be problematic with the design let mw know so I can try and work out the kinks.
  7. Deep Cat

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    Yup. Paul Reed Smith electric guitars use that construction,
  8. FBB Custom

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    Add the word "tenon" to your search. There are lots of kinds of set necks that utilize various tenon joints. It looks like you have the basic idea, and it would work fine as long as you work out the details and get a good fit.
  9. TheCatalyst

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    thanks, that helps a lot but I still have not seen how prs is doing this. I have a lot of time to finish the two im working on now until I start this next project but that will help me research. thanks a lot!

    Also, has anyone used bocote as a full body wood before?
  10. FBB Custom

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    The weight probably turns a lot of people off for a solid bocote body.
  11. TheCatalyst

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    I can understand that.. I make a pretty thin bodied bass though. My last bass was 1 1/4 thick

    Thanks for the help sir
  12. Deep Cat

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  13. TheCatalyst

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    I checked this video out a while ago and I didn't see it. I will have to look again but I am thinking more along the line of using the tenon as a blind dado under the surface of the body for more contact.. if that makes sense.

    I'm not the best when it comes to explaining things sometimes
  14. TheCatalyst

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    If anyone was curious, this is what I was talking about

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  15. Means2nEnd

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    Brubaker Guitars...Many of his basses are made that way not the import stuff.
  16. TheCatalyst

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    Oh ok. Ill have to check that out. I was really excited to start this project to see how it turns out. I've had this idea for years
  17. TheCatalyst

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    Update on this build

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  18. TheCatalyst

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    And almost done

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