Ric style scratchbuild (a work in progress thread)

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  1. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    i just started building a 325 style ric bass on monday. here's a pic of the sketched out body on a piece of foam board to give you an idea of the body shape:

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    with some of the parts laid out:

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    this is the goal:

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    it's going to be made out of a solid billet of white maple, hollowed out from the back, and capped with a 5mm two piece maple back with a set neck (typical ric semi-hollow construction).

    i started by building the neck for it. the weather has been really nice so i did all of the on it work outside. The first thing that I had to do was rip a few fingerboards from a new Bubinga plank that I got a few days ago:

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    then i planed one of the fingerboard blanks:

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    next i started working on making the quartersawn maple neck blank. once i cut it to size, I used a 1/2" Freud forstner bit to start the holes for the truss rod adjuster:

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    Then I routed the truss rod channel with a 1/4" roundnose bit:

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    i'm using two carbon/graphite stiffeners in the neck, so i route the channels for them and then glued them in with slow setting epoxy:

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    glued in place:

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    I cut the fret slots (33.25" scale) and glued the fingerboard onto the maple blank:

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    after routing a shelf for the binding, i glue the binding on and radiused the fingerboard to 10":

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    next, i drilled and installed the 1/4" pearloid dots:

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  2. BadB

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    Awesome! Can't wait for the rest of the in-progress shots.
  3. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

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    Nice. Those Rics are such a nice design.

    Interesting to see the large neck projection above the fretboard, with CF rods in, but no headstock on yet. K think that's the first time I've seen that. or, is it a non-scarfed headstock, but it's already there, but out of shot?

    Also, I didn't know you could use a forstner in a hand drill.
  4. JMac- Wiskerface Designs

    JMac- Wiskerface Designs Terror headcase dude Supporting Member

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    Awesome as usuall, You are the man!
    You can allways count on JohnK10 to build some kind of awesome bass. Excellent work Rock on!
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  6. Stealth

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    Truly awesome. Subscribed.
  7. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    a few more shots of the neck.

    after 'pre-radiusing' the frets, i pressed them in:

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    added the walnut 'wings' to the headstock, shaped it, and started the neck's rear profile:

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  8. BassCycle

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  9. I<34080

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    I can't wait to see this.

    Ooh...maybe make a light show bass.
  10. daveman50

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    Looks a lot like "teb" 's bass over on the rickresource forum (a modified Rick 2030 bass). I like!!!

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  11. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    i think that on'es a beauty!

    and that's kinda what 'inspired' me. the differences are that mine will have an unbound, semi hollow body with a set neck.
  12. iiipopes

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    What are you going to call it? I have an idea: let's see, the body inspiration is the 325, but with two pickups and no whammy, and it is a bass, so four digits. I know: call it a 3100!
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  14. Basshappi

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    Glad to see this project coming along John. I'll have mine very soon, can't wait!
  15. Meatrus

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    This has got me confused too, whats the deal with that?:meh:. Nice choice in car ;), love em!
  16. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    that would work, or maybe a 3250, a 3025 or a 3005? but actually all of the 3000 series basses feature bolt on necks, so it probably could be called a 4350. (since a model 350 guitar is the long scale version of a 325)
  17. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    as far as the CF rods going past the nut, i wanted to strengthen that area since the trussrod adjuster requires routing that can weaken the headstock. the CF rods also go a little past the end of the trussrod at the other end (under the fingerboard.
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  19. daveman50

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    Yeah, closer to a 4005. Really looking forward to seeing how this comes out. A great concept, and so far the execution is superb. The thick fingerboard (looks like it is) is a nice (and accurate) touch.

    How about building one with a 30" scale??!!!!

    PS: don't you really want to use a Ric bridge, rather than the Hipshot? I know the Ric bridge is kinda wonky, but it does work well once it's set up right (better than the Hipshot in some ways), and it would complete the look.
  20. poorbassist15

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    I was actually thinking of building a 4001 style bass a while back, but I convinced myself it would be cheaper to get a copy and mod it.
  21. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member

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    i could do a 30" but i'm so used to a ric's 33.25" that i decided to go that way on this one.

    i went with the hipshot since it's a little bit more adjustable (has adjustable string spacing), it's very simple, yet retains a similar look to the standard ric bridge.
    anyways, i had a busy morning and afternoon doing other tasks, but i did manage to get a little more work done on it when i got back home.

    i added some thickness (.375") to the heel/tenon area and reshaped it.

    maple glued:

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    re-shaped:

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    then i started preparing the slabs of a maple:

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    after running them thru this machine (a jointer), i glued them together:

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    it's 1 3/4" thick right now, but i'll plane it to 1 1/4" tomorrow, then cut, joint, glue and plane two other 3/4" pieces for the back (to a 1/4") so the body's total thickness will be 1 1/2" just like a ric 325 or a 330. i hope to have some pics of the body cut out (but not hollowed out yet) by tomorrow afternoon.


    BTW, the way that i pre-radiused the frets was with one of these great little gadgets (it's called a 'bendonater'):

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