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Bass VI build

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by TonH, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. TonH

    TonH

    Jan 26, 2011
    The Netherlands
    Recently I started a new project building a Bass VI.

    First a real size print of a picture from a bass VI from the Japanese website:

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    Next the template for the body:

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    Then with a jig saw and router, the body (alder):

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    The neck and fretboard (ebony):

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    The headstock:
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    Rounded edges on the body (router):
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    The contours:

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    The control plate from a sheet of brass. I will be chromed.

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  2. xander8280

    xander8280

    Dec 29, 2011
    :D what color you thinking? And going to use nitro on it?!?
    I like sonic blue and fiesta red with tortoise shell. Those are great.
     
  3. TonH

    TonH

    Jan 26, 2011
    The Netherlands
    I was thinking about Candy Apple Red (nitro), matching headstock and a vintage white pickguard.
     
  4. ronaldpdbrandt

    ronaldpdbrandt Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2011
    Suffolk County, NY
    Disclosures:
    Sponsored by The Letter G
    Good to see another Bass VI in the works. Keep up the nice work!
     
  5. skullservant

    skullservant

    Aug 15, 2011
    Sub'd, looks great so far!
     
  6. xander8280

    xander8280

    Dec 29, 2011
    :D yes!!
     
  7. FatStrings

    FatStrings

    Nov 16, 2001
    Southern NH
  8. TonH

    TonH

    Jan 26, 2011
    The Netherlands
    Next:

    - radius of the fretboard to 7.25.
    - and the position markers

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  9. TonH

    TonH

    Jan 26, 2011
    The Netherlands
    And the side dots:

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  10. TonH

    TonH

    Jan 26, 2011
    The Netherlands
    Time for the frets and the slot for the nut.

    Here you see the tool I used to press the frets in the fretboard. It is placed in a column drill and then you can just press the frets in.


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    You can see I made the slot for the nut. I also started on the curve from the fretboard to the headstock using a file and a rasp.

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  11. TonH

    TonH

    Jan 26, 2011
    The Netherlands
    This afternoon I finished the transition from the freatboard/neck to the headstock (curve).

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  12. TonH

    TonH

    Jan 26, 2011
    The Netherlands
    Let's continue with the profile of the neck using rasp, file and sanding blocks.


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    Meanwhile I can start with the pickguard (3-ply vintage white).

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  13. Stealth

    Stealth Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Wow, these seem to pop up every week now. :D Looks good so far.
     
  14. TonH

    TonH

    Jan 26, 2011
    The Netherlands
    This weekend I got some time to work on this project.

    Let's continue with the neck and the pickguard.

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    As you can see, I am only going to use 3 switches.
     
  15. gbarcus

    gbarcus

    Jul 20, 2008
    Minneapolis & St.Paul, MN
    Disclosures:
    Owner of Barcus Basses barcusbasses.com
    I like your transition from back of the neck to the headstock, smooth and balanced.
     
  16. +1. Some lovely detail there.
     
  17. TonH

    TonH

    Jan 26, 2011
    The Netherlands
    Time for the neck pocket.


    I used this template which I taped to the body with double sided tape:

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    Time for the router.

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    And after...


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    The body and neck for the first time together:

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  18. TonH

    TonH

    Jan 26, 2011
    The Netherlands
    It's been a while since I updated this thread.

    Here's are some pictures of the work since then.

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    The cavaties for the electronics, pickup's, tremelo, bridge, etc.

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    And the neck with clear coat and decal.

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  19. Very cool! Subbed! Wish I could build that quick and smooth :bassist:
     



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