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New Build – SpaceBass 5 string

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by kris pung, Oct 9, 2012.


  1. kris pung

    kris pung

    Jul 25, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    I fell in love with JIO supersonic design and asked permission to use it which he graciously said yes.
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f57/custom-performer-supersonic-bass-904968/

    This project is more a remodeling of my 1st build so the neck and hardware are from that and I’m undecided on the pups and guts yet. The shape was widened to accommodate a 5 string neck and the body wood is some ash my dad had lying around for years.

    This project will move quite slowly because my father’s shop is in Michigan and I’m in Illinois.

    Well on to the Pictures, enjoy!!

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  2. Dan B

    Dan B

    Oct 19, 2008
    Amherst, MA
    Subbed. Should be interesting.

    What kind of wood are you using?
     
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  4. kris pung

    kris pung

    Jul 25, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    It's a 4 piece Ash body and a real bugger to get the grain to somewhat match up.

    I actually want to try to do a F-bass style grain enhancement for this. Can someone please give me some pointers to get something close to this finish?
    http://www.fbass.com/img/gallery/main/bn_13_final.jpg
     
  5. curbowkid

    curbowkid Guest

    Jun 27, 2011
    Brooklyn, New York
    If im not mistaken, that grain enhancement is a stain.

    Apply stain to body, the. Sand until only the grain is stained.
     
  6. kris pung

    kris pung

    Jul 25, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Then would you use a clear grain filler?
     
  7. curbowkid

    curbowkid Guest

    Jun 27, 2011
    Brooklyn, New York
    I suppose so. I have seen other people do this tactic to enhance quilted maple. Dark stain first, then sand, then color. Im pretty sure f bass does a black stain for their grain enhancement on colored basses. But im not sure for this one. It looks like just a dark brown stain
     
  8. kris pung

    kris pung

    Jul 25, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    As promised things are moving along pretty slowly but I did recently finish all the routing. Next up the grueling finishing steps (sanding, filling, and clear coat).
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  9. Meatrus

    Meatrus

    Apr 5, 2009
    England
    Thats a dark grain filler to get that effect. I dont think staining and sanding back would work as the pores would have already been filled. Even if it did, it would still be pointless, as you could just dye (or use a dark) the filler
     
  10. kris pung

    kris pung

    Jul 25, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    First round of grain filler turned out pretty good but it may need another coat.

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  11. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    Ohio
    Aha! You and Jio both! Looking good. Same question to you as Jio-----Performer neck specs in this?---altho in your build it would be proportionally done to accept the 5th string.

    Subscribed!
     
  12. kris pung

    kris pung

    Jul 25, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Thanks glad you like it!!
    The neck came off my 1st build which I was never quite happy with the body shape so I don't really know how to answer your question. Also yes the body was widen a bit to accommodate a wider neck.
     
  13. kris pung

    kris pung

    Jul 25, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Getting closer!!

    Black burst edge done and decal applied.

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  14. Stealth

    Stealth Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Sweet build. :D Can't wait to see more progress.
     
  15. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    That black edge, with the black highlighted gain, looks sweet! Is it heavier, though, by the horns than at the bottom, or is it just the pics?

    Also, are you considering a black edge on the headstock?
     
  16. kris pung

    kris pung

    Jul 25, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Thanks for the kind words and yes I did go a bit heavier on the black on the horns and on the back.

    I kind of like the simple look to the headstock but a really faint black burst could be cool too (going to need to sleep on this one).
     
  17. (as you fall asleep, faint whispers)
    Do it, do it, do it, do it.......
     
  18. kris pung

    kris pung

    Jul 25, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    LOL I'm still thinking it over but I'm unsure how the black burst would look on the back on the neck. I guess I could paint the whole back of the neck black but not sure I want to go down that road.:meh:
     
  19. silentmike

    silentmike

    May 20, 2011
    Bristol, UK
    You could mask off the edges of the headstock so you only shoot the burst on the face? I think that could work well.
     
  20. kris pung

    kris pung

    Jul 25, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Got the bass back from my tech today and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

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  21. Stealth

    Stealth Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Now that we see pics of the built bass (and it really is a beauty!) allow me to invoke the second rule of TB.

    Clips or we disbelieve. :D
     



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