3d Printed Rickenbacker 4003 Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gojira72, Oct 18, 2018.

  1. Gojira72


    Oct 18, 2018
    Richmond, Va
    So recently I Embarked on a project to completely 3d printed Rickenbacker 4003 Bass Guitar. The Body, the Neck, the Fretboard, and the Headstock will all be 3d printed
    Here are some stats of my build.
    Filament: ABS, Woodfill PLA
    Printer: Monoprice Dual Extrusion Printer
    Slicing Software: ReplicatorG
    Overall Length: 116.3cm
    Scale Legnth: 34in
    This bass will basically just be a Fender Jazz Bass living in the body of a Rickenbacker 4003. I plan to insert two Carbon Neck Rods into the neck to help with Strength, as well as some threaded Steel rods. I will also insert the rods into the body, as well as using acetone to weld the pieces together.

    So with that in check, does anyone have any tips on how to do this.

    Stop asking me to just sell the printer, it isn't worth the money to compensate for a Real Ric.

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    Last edited: Oct 19, 2018
  2. subdude67


    Jan 18, 2010
    No tips, sorry, but good luck!:thumbsup:


    Dec 15, 2013
    I agree can't wait to see what you make
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  4. A9X

    A9X Inactive

    Dec 27, 2003
    But it will sound so.... plastic. /sarc (from he who's fave bass is carbon fibre).
  5. CryingBass

    CryingBass Sowing the Seeds of Uncertainty Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    The future! ( ? )
  6. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Big Bro 2.jpg John Hall is watching you....:eyebrow:
  7. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
    Make sure it says Ric on the headstock ... I love to hear people whine about counterfitting.
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  8. jpmcbride


    Aug 31, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    Do you have any experience 3D printing? I 3D print some parts for my microphone business and I can tell you I'm highly doubtful that you can successfully print a guitar with that printer. There are so many issues I don't know where to start … print quality, print bed size, print strength, …

    Good luck.
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  9. Mushroo

    Mushroo Guest

    Apr 2, 2007
    Some of the kids at my school made a fully-functional 3D printed ukulele. The ukulele plans are freely available online. I'd recommend to start with a project like that, and then if you have success, modify and scale up the plans to make a bass. :)
  10. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    It sounds like a very difficult project and I wish you the best of luck.
  11. Gojira72


    Oct 18, 2018
    Richmond, Va
    Already got that covered.
  12. Gojira72


    Oct 18, 2018
    Richmond, Va
    I printed a fully 3d printable Guitar that I gounf on Thingiverse, it went pretty well, till my cat knocked it off my shelf, and it shattered.
  13. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
    Make one out of chocolate
  14. Gojira72


    Oct 18, 2018
    Richmond, Va
    Im a broke Teen who wants a Ric Bass, but dosent have the cash to buy one.
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  15. MultiScaleMale

    MultiScaleMale Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    I’m betting you get a legal notice to cease and desist.
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  16. Gojira72


    Oct 18, 2018
    Richmond, Va
    If I do, eh.....
  17. A friend made me a 3D Printed uke for my birthday a few years back.

    Let me tell you. It was very, very, VERY difficult to tune.

    I can't imagine a bass would fare much better but I wish the OP luck!
  18. clickclack


    Jan 20, 2018
    Hey gojira. I've that constant thought of making a printed bass too. My personal opinion is if you're going to do it, design it in a way which makes it special. Don't make a solid filled body. The center from neck joint to the bridge definitely requires reinforcement as you suspected but the wings can be played with.

    That's a great example of what I mean but he didn't use any reinforcement I guess and so that thing isn't to be trusted like a wood guitar strength wise especially with bass strings, no chance.


    I also would suggest a thicker, faster hothead like a volcano for strength and speed.
  19. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
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  20. Cage


    Oct 1, 2018