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Help me design a bass build

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 6stringvince, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. 6stringvince

    6stringvince Supporting Member

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    Got wood... that's all I have, a rosewood piece for fretboard, a plank of maple and one of walnut both 1" think, so I will be laminating. I want fretless, and somewhat modern sounding, punchy and somewhat hifi. This will be my first full build, I've made several assembly type builds in the passed, one body , but never a neck.
    So here's what I'm contemplating, neckthrough or bolt on, scale, bridge, tuners, active or passive (I like simplicity, but if I need active to achieve the sound so be it), and last but not least, the pups.
    I'm thinking I'll be laminating the neck to quarter sawn, 3 or 5 layers. Do I really need a truss rod?, It will also be my first fretless, so either lines or dots are a must.
    Thanks for any help.
  2. Bass Fund

    Bass Fund

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    I'd use the walnut plank for the thicker, bottom of the bass body and carve the maple down as the top.
  3. thebassbuilder

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    Yes to truss rod! It is simple so go for it. Just get everything as straight as you can before routing of glueing anything together. I would go with side dots at least but put them on the fret line and not center of fret. Not sure the sound you want but if you like a j bass style sound on a fret less try the Dimarzio Ultra Jazz with a nice pre with active passive switch. Best of both worlds. Good luck and post progress pics. Also ask as many questions ax needed.

    Also if if was me I would go with a bolt on. They are just easier to build and adjust in the neck pocket if more less neck angle is needed.
  4. 6stringvince

    6stringvince Supporting Member

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    Yeah, bolt on is probably wise, if I really mess up the neck I can always make another.
  5. 6stringvince

    6stringvince Supporting Member

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    Trying to choose the pickups, I'm leaning towards a JJ combo. Pardon my ignorance, but if I go active do I need active pickups, or is it all in the preamp. What about EMG's? Do I need a pre?

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