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Bass VI build

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

  1. TonH

    TonH

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    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

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    :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

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

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    Good to see another Bass VI in the works. Keep up the nice work!
  5. skullservant

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

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    :D yes!!
  7. FatStrings

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    Looking good!
  8. TonH

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    Next:

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

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  9. TonH

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    And the side dots:

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  10. TonH

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    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

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    This afternoon I finished the transition from the freatboard/neck to the headstock (curve).

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  12. TonH

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    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

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    Wow, these seem to pop up every week now. :D Looks good so far.
  14. TonH

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    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

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    I like your transition from back of the neck to the headstock, smooth and balanced.
  16. reverendrally

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    +1. Some lovely detail there.
  17. TonH

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    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

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    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. roberthabraken

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    Very cool! Subbed! Wish I could build that quick and smooth :bassist:
  20. thatbasskid597

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    Nice!

    Love the detail!

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