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Jazz bass round two

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Benberg, Jul 6, 2013.


  1. Benberg

    Benberg

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    Before I made a Jazz bass body for my old G&L neck, painted it black and had gold hardware. The body was alder, but didn't trim it down, (it's close to 2inchs thick) which made it really heavy! this time I'm gonna use basswood

    I wanted to make my own bass (neck and body) so here it is!

    ebony fingerboard from lmii
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    facings I was going to use
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    testing for making the neck
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    neck wood I got from a local wood store for $80 (enough for two basses and two guitars)
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    Don't have any fancy tools like some of the builders here, just a 20 y/o trying it out!
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    copied my G&L neck, changed headstock
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    cut out n stuff
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    two bass necks ready to use, still enough wood for two guitar necks!
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    headstock
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    the cut for the truss rod is a little off center :meh: (not that big of a deal, but its off by a 2-3 mm)
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    gluing the fingerboard
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    working on the back of the neck!
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    glued that facings onto the wood
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    facings and neck
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    v2
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    ok, so the facings we got from a person who got leftovers from warmoth for ~$5 per set

    The glue on one side of the facings didn't glue right, was able to salvage it, but it glued wrong again! it became unusable :bawl:

    BUT! we had some nice spalted maple that looks really nice! has some flame and quilt in it too~
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    didn't get pictures for gluing the facings on (both times for flame and spalted)

    gluing both halves together
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    didn't get any of the cutting process of the body :scowl:

    body cut out and on a chair in the sun
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    cut the neck pocket and contour/round edges done (pics soon!)
     
  2. joseplluissans

    joseplluissans

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    That's a pretty sweet spalt top!
     
  3. Benberg

    Benberg

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    some more!

    found one of when the body was routed
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    another shot before it got its curves
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    ~missing quite a few steps, just a lot of sanding~

    got the neck in and have the body contoured!
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    back shot of it, you can see the neck wasn't finished when the picture was taken
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    i finished the sanding on the neck today, won't be working on it again until sometime next week
     
  4. Benberg

    Benberg

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    oh yeah, the wood is from the same piece, but it's two different shades, thought that was humorous
     
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  6. Benberg

    Benberg

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    got it all ready to have a nut installed, should be done by next wednesday!
     
  7. joseplluissans

    joseplluissans

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    Sweet! I'm a huge fan of spalted wood. I just sold my previous spalt top presicion bass so I have to make a new one :D What's your choice for treatment?
     
  8. uselessbass

    uselessbass

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    That is really cool man
     
  9. Konquest

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    Great looking top. Some kind of in the wood oil finish under the clear coat will really pop both the neck and the top.
     
  10. Benberg

    Benberg

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    it was either treated before i got it, or it didn't need it. this maple is rock hard, took a crazy amount of time to sand it and then buff out the scratches left behind
     
  11. Benberg

    Benberg

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    haven't posted in a bit, here the most recent!

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  12. silvertripper

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    Sub'd! Awesome build man, your hard work looks great! I love the top! Good job!
     
  13. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine

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    Benberg, your bass is looking fantastic. Great work!
     
  14. Benberg

    Benberg

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    Wow, been over a month since I last posted... Well I finished it on the weekend, needs some more work on fret sanding though, major buzz :c

    here are some crappy phone pics, I'll take some better pics with the camera when there's some daybreak around

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    Used rattle can lacquer and wet sand to bring it smooth, then used a metal polish from hawaii (thanks to a friend) to clean it up, best feeling polish I've had!
     
  15. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Supporting Member

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    Wow, what a looker. Nice job!
     
  16. lbridenstine

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    That top looks amazing.
     
  17. ctmullins

    ctmullins Registered thumper Supporting Member

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    Flamey goodness! Love the body chamfers too.

    How'd the final weight come out?
     
  18. Benberg

    Benberg

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    suppperrr light:

    bathroom scale said 8.4lbs
     
  19. Benberg

    Benberg

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    here are some higher def pictures

    back of the bass
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    grain of the neck
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    body shot
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  20. Beej

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    Nice work, thanks for sharing. That's a cute avatar picture, though it's unfortunate my 6 year old just saw it too - right in time for christmas. She's now in the other room writing to Santa and just called out "dad, how do you spell 'chihuahua in a hoodie'?" :D

    Thanks...
     
  21. Benberg

    Benberg

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    no problem friend!
     

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