5 string single cut Wenge and Brazil walnut

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by bastav, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. bastav


    Mar 11, 2016
    So I haven't quite finished the 25 inch scale bass yet... but as I'm lacking in the motivation department when it comes to frets and sanding I decided to get a headstart on my next project. Not that I need another bass, I've just gotten real fond of building them.

    So this will be 34'' scale with 5 strings. Pickup will be a Häussel oldstyle P. Here is the drawing I'm currently working from


    The body will be Brazil walnut (not sure but I think it's Imbuia) and wenge, with some additional wenge veneer stylings. Neck will be wenge, fingerboard will be wenge. I'm getting rid of all my wenge (almost) with this one. Even though it smells and looks nice, it's no fun to work (which makes me think this bass might mean trouble.



    I'm hoping to complete the bodyblank tomorrow. The Imbuia has got some really nice figureing, unfortunately the biggest peice is the most boring one...
  2. bastav


    Mar 11, 2016
    I got the body down to thickness with a router, then I started the veneer trickery

    Glued the veneers on and cut out the shape, I oversized it quite a bit to give me some room to work out how i would go about shaping the veneers, did some carve tests. I think it might actually work out the way I thought it would.
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  3. bastav


    Mar 11, 2016
    Today I routed out a control cavity (free-handed it :whistle:). Then I did some more work on the hoop, and carved away.
  4. bastav


    Mar 11, 2016
    Im thinking about using some kind of reddish grain filler for the wenge, has anybody done this?
  5. bastav


    Mar 11, 2016
    I used a bandsaw for the first time this week, cutting out thins for a control cavity cover. I finished it today.
  6. bastav


    Mar 11, 2016
    And after initial shaping
  7. bastav


    Mar 11, 2016
    I also did some shaping of the other side of the body

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  8. PDX Rich

    PDX Rich

    Dec 19, 2014
    Portland, OR
    Nice clean carving work there, sir. Following along on this build!
  9. bastav


    Mar 11, 2016
  10. bastav


    Mar 11, 2016
    Routed for the truss rod, then cut the neck out on the bandsaw and finished the taper off with a top bearing router bit and a straight edge, the router bit is getting to be of a certain age and I did get some tear out, luckily it was in the portion of the neck that will be carved so all is good with the wood. 40htXL3.jpg

    I had been contemplating what to do for the back of the neck down by the body. I didnt have any big enough pieces of wenge or Imbuia and I didnt want to add another wood to the mix so I decided to do a upwards bookmatch of the last piece of imbuia I had left. I had some cracks in it but I think I'll be able to work around those... I'll fill them with some epoxy and sawdust just to be safe.

    I'm also working on a tailpiece in wenge that will serve as string anchor/bridge, more on that later I hope
  11. earlysecond

    earlysecond In Memoriam

    Jan 26, 2016
    Nice work!
  12. bastav


    Mar 11, 2016
    Made some progress this last week.

    roughed out the fretboard on the bandsaw. glued it up and trimmed the edges with the router.

    Pre glue up

  13. bastav


    Mar 11, 2016
    Glued! Also roughed out the headstock
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  14. bastav


    Mar 11, 2016
    Then came the frets. It went better than last time (note the shortscale without the headstock which fell off during fretting).
  15. bastav


    Mar 11, 2016
    Then, much to my own surprise, I went on to level and crown the frets. Hadn't planned on doing that yet but I'm glad to have that out of the way...



    I found the crowning to be quite enjoyable. Sunshine and slow work goes well with each other. Feeling good about this one, running pretty smoothly so far, knock on wenge
  16. bastav


    Mar 11, 2016
    Got started on the neck carve a while back, also glued on the back portion of the neck, but haven't really made much progress since then.

    Afew passes with the router to get me started
  17. bastav


    Mar 11, 2016
    Then I used the shinto (love it) to do most of the rest
  18. bastav


    Mar 11, 2016
    Picked it up for the first time in a few weeks today, clamped it together to mark out where the top "horn" will join the neck.
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  19. Rôckhewer

    Rôckhewer Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 28, 2015
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Owner/Builder- RockHewer Custom Guitars LLC
    Very unique (obviously)....unique is cool!
    Nice work!
  20. bastav


    Mar 11, 2016
    Thanks :)
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