Another 5 string SG bass build

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  1. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    I am building a third 5 string Frankensteined SG bass. I have built 2 of these already.

    http://www.3dentourage.com/425/5string-sg-bass.htm

    http://www.3dentourage.com/425/5string-sg-bass2.htm

    Here are some pics of my newest project.

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    The body is an Epiphone EB0 body. I slightly reliced the body to have a road worn look. I am using a 34" scale neck with 21 frets. I have to route out the neck pocket for the new neck and the additional pickup. I will use a 5 string OLP MM style bridge. I will be using 2 EB0 style pickups. I am thinking I will put a Rickenbacker .0047 capacitor with a toggle on/off for the bridge pickup. Also I will have to modify the pickups to properly cover 5 strings.
  2. Bobster

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    Hi Ric5

    Best of luck with the build (not that you need it).

    Seeing the paddle headstock, I had to make a suggestion....

    What about going with a 3x2 headstock design, similiar to the stock design?

    Bob
  3. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    I will go with the pointy headstock that I like.

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    The pointy shape is also used in some Gibson guitars and basses.
  4. Bobster

    Bobster

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    No arguing there.... ;-)

    It's your bass. Best of luck with the build!

    Bob
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  6. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    I also will do a 4th one of these. It will have 2 t-bird pickups.
  7. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    I am going for a bass something like this when finished.

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    Although mine unlike the Warwick Jack Bruce Survivor bass will have 5 strings and it will be 34" in scale and it will cost a lot less.
  8. sevdog

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    I remember you posting a pic of the black one on a thread a while back...I'll post basically the same thing I did on that thread...it looks freaking sweet, if you ever want to sell it, hit me up.
  9. Ric5

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    This is turning out to be a slow build ... but I am still making progress ...

    I routed out the neck pocket and made a route for the bridge pickup and enlarged the control cavity.

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  10. Ubersheist

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    DON'T LET THE COLLECTIF DOWN. THIS MUST BE BUILT.
  11. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    Thanks for your confidence ...

    The pickups are in the Rickenbacker positions and the wiring will be following the Rickenbacker schematic except I will use all 500k ohm pots due to the humbuckers.

    The pickups will have a 1/8" by 1/8" by 3" steel bar to pickup up all 5 strings. I will leave the 4 holes in the cover and the bar will be under the cover.
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  12. Ric5

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    I modified 3 EB0 pickups. Those pickups are a designed for 4 strings and they don't make a 5 string version. So I modifed the pickups to cover 5 strings. 2 of them I installed a steel rod and one a bar magnet. One pickup is an Epiphone pickup, one is an Artec, and one a generic clone. I have since lost track of which one is which.

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  13. Ubersheist

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    And? What's the progress?
  14. Ric5

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    I put on the neck and put in the pickups and electronics.

    I wired it like a Rickenbacker but with 500k ohm volume pots and 1000k ohm tone pots.

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    I put on a black bridge.

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    I still need to oil finish the neck and put on a nut and tuners and straploks and strings

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  15. Ubersheist

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    For someone who has played as long as I have, I have an extremely limited knowledge of the internal electronics of bass guitars. What would the end difference be?
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  16. Ric5

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    Gibson and Rickenbacker wire some of their instruments with a toggle and 2 volumes and 2 tones, Fender quite often wires with 2 vol and one tone.

    The higher value pot will make the bass brighter.
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  17. iriegnome

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    Looks like it is coming along very nicely
  18. Sartori

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    Cool build. I've always wondered what one of those big humbuckers would sound like in the bridge position.
  19. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    I'll have a sound byte soon
  20. Ric5

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    OK I put it together tonight ...

    The Mudbucker pickups will not cover a wide string spacing. The 2 1/2" string spacing puts the B and G string outside the effective range of the pickup. The mods I did to the pickups did not help at all.

    So I took a pair of Rickenbacker 2030 pickups and put them under the pickup covers. Single coil in the neck position and humbucker in the bridge position.

    Now all 5 strings work fine.
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  21. glimmerofdope

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    I have 2 of Jeff's Fenderbirds, love them! Gonna need a 5 string Ric someday...

    Keep Building Jeff!

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