5 strings JazzStyle build - The Birth of a Brand

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by FunkyMan, Dec 21, 2014.

  1. FunkyMan


    Nov 27, 2007
    Hello folks, i'll like to share 2 buildings i'm working on, with the intention of giving birth to my brand! After studying a little bit the Adobe Ilustrator and measuring all basic aspects of a bass i came out with this design, obviously inspired by Fender, Sadowsky, Mayones Jabba, Fclef etc.. at the end, all builders seem to have both classic and modern models. 2 friends trusted me and decided to build two 2 five strings, So here it is:


    And this is going to be the logo:

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  2. FunkyMan


    Nov 27, 2007
    So i printed a real scale silhouette of the body:


    and put it next to my jazz (a Jazz bass replica i made a year ago) just to compare general size of the bass, caring not to make an oversized or small body:


    Did the centerline acording to the plans, and started to make the template with 15mm MDF:


    And after lot of band saw and sanding this is the final template:


    Now with the respective plans, mdf is ready for Pickguard and Neck templates:


    And after a lot of detailed work, these are the 3 main templates (I put the control plate just in case to see how it follows the curves of the pickguard template) on the neck template, the paper is still attached:

  3. FunkyMan


    Nov 27, 2007
    I took a nice piece of Ash from Warmoth and pre cut the shape with the band saw (Later i learned that you have cut as near to the line as possible in order to let the router to cut less wood when the template is installed):


    Ready to attach the template to the body, and then routing time!


    The basic body shape is ready


    Now the pickguard:


    Pickguard almost ready (still needs bevel at the edges)


    Now body and pickguard (with bevel)

    Last edited: Dec 21, 2014
  4. FunkyMan


    Nov 27, 2007
    Just to be absolutely shure, i drew the bridge on Ilustrator si i can get better idea of everything related to string spacing and neck/bridge alignment (Hipshot A Style 18mm brass)


    And due to my lack of experience because i'm sure there's alot of better ways to do it, i printed the lines for everything on the body on transparent paper, so i can mark lines where pickups, pickguard and bridge should be (In case you wonder, everything is carefully measured on Ilustrator, i even printed a whole bass just to see if every component have the correct size)


    Then i went to a friend shop who has a laser cut machine and did the templates for pickups, control cavity and battery compartment

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  5. Looking good. Nice to see a good amount of sorting out templates etc.

    Getting your body templates laser cut is a good idea too. Especially as its really easy to get markers for bridge position and pick up position cut out at the same time.
    Think along the lines of little points you can mark with a pencil etc.

    I have found that even cheap sellers of bridges often provide technical drawings of them, which is pretty handy, especially if you don't have the bridge during planning.

    Finally, loving that piece of ash, very nice wood to work with.
  6. StarbardGuitar


    Feb 18, 2013
    Looks cool so far! I like different takes on classic designs. Looking forward to more progress
  7. [skyraider]

    [skyraider] Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2014
  8. Jonny5bass


    May 3, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    Nice take on the jazz bass. That extended upper horn looks my more sleek.
  9. FunkyMan


    Nov 27, 2007
    Thanks. Actually that extended horn is due to the fact that this bass will be 24 frets so, fortunately, the need brought a nice design
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  10. FunkyMan


    Nov 27, 2007
    I did some sanding and rounding of the edges:


    Routing for pickups, control cavity neck pocket:


    On the back, routing for battery compartment, holes for the ferrules, a B string ferrule, some contour on the lower horn, contour on the neck heel, and belly cut, this one is blended because i never liked the way all basses have it


    Then pore filling:

  11. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    That is really nice work, great new take on the Jazz. I wish you great success with this design.
  12. MIMike


    Jan 1, 2013
    West MI
    Looks great, I love Jazz Basses. Might there be a future version with rear-routing and no pick guard? It's a shame to cover a nice looking piece of wood with a piece of plastic. Of course, the combo of a nice opaque color with a contrasting piece of plastic can be very cool too.
  13. Marcus Willett

    Marcus Willett

    Feb 8, 2005
    Palm Bay, FL
    Endorsing Artist: Bag End - Dean Markley - Thunderfunk
    Nice. This is very similar actually to the 5 string J style builds I've had Chris Stambaugh build for me...Fenderish but with a few tweaks. Curious how it turns out, what are your dims in terms of neck width and string spacing?
  14. FunkyMan


    Nov 27, 2007
    Bridge is .708 (18mm) and 48mm at the nut! Can you show me those Stambaugh basses please haha
  15. raventepes


    Jan 7, 2012
    Reno, NV
    That's gorgeous so far, and I'm absolutely LOVING your logo!

    Really makes me wish I had the money to have a custom bass made :(
  16. Marcus Willett

    Marcus Willett

    Feb 8, 2005
    Palm Bay, FL
    Endorsing Artist: Bag End - Dean Markley - Thunderfunk
  17. This is nice. Can't wait for the outcome.
  18. GMC

    GMC Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2006
    Wiltshire, UK
    Really nice design and workmanship. It's so nice to see your neatness and attention to precision. The only thing I don't like is the placement of the battery box. Surely there's room under the control cavity? It just looks a bit wrong to me.
  19. Marcus Willett

    Marcus Willett

    Feb 8, 2005
    Palm Bay, FL
    Endorsing Artist: Bag End - Dean Markley - Thunderfunk
    Here's another he built for me years ago. Again not the same, but similar concept as yours (looking forward to seeing your finished instrument!). Was sold a few years back.
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2014
  20. FunkyMan


    Nov 27, 2007
    Started to make the neck, Trying out the Stewmac Mitter box, calibrating for correct 90 degrees cut on some spare wood:


    Now with the actual fretboard:

    Maple FB is ready

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