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Solid top neck thru

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by kaoskater08, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. kaoskater08

    kaoskater08

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    I'm trying to spec out another bass to build and haven't gotten much farther than:

    -4 string neck thru
    -Rosewood FB
    -Alder Body
    -Black hardware

    I'm still going back and forth on a top to put on it but looking to do something different. Have any of you put a solid top on a neck thru instrument? If so, do you have some pointers/tool recommendations that could help a first-timer?
  2. HaMMerHeD

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    By "solid top", I assume you mean the top will cover the neck laminates.

    Myself, I love the satin look of Curly redwood.

    Like this piece:

    http://oregonwildwood.com/guitar-wo...r-woods/curly-redwood-top-sets/rwes13454.html

    It's soft stuff, though, so it will need a hard finish to help protect it from dings. Meaning, it'll need a sprayed poly or lacquer finish, rather than a simple rubbed oil finish.

    As to your other question...I've never done it.
  3. Essen

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    I've never done a solid top, but I think I'd make a template for it and just route the top.

    In this vid at 3:00 you can see a great way to make a super tight template.
  4. Big B.

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    I've done this for all of my neck thru builds. I'm at work on my phone now but when I get home I will link you to a thread that shows my process. The most difficult part is getting the neck blank level with the body wings. Once you get past that, a little patience will get you the rest of the way.
  5. kaoskater08

    kaoskater08

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    Yeah that's what I mean.

    Curly Redwood is very nice, my first bass build was a 6 string neck thru fretless with a curly redwood top and a satin finish :D

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    I have never seen templates made that way...may have to look into that.
  6. kaoskater08

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    Awesome, thanks!

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