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7 String Ziricote/Mahogany Multi-Scale. First timer.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by The_Spector, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. The_Spector

    The_Spector BurlCarver

    Jan 14, 2007
    Norfolk, England.
    Hey guys,

    It's been 6 years since I last posted! Craaazy.
    Looking to get more involved in the bass scene again and definitely on TalkBass. Lots of knowledge and helpful people here!
    Here's what I've been building for the last couple of months, it's my first ever build so I don't think it's turned out TOO badly.
    My main points to improve on would be *properly* routing the pickups using a template instead of rushed guess work and taking more time to plane everything down so it fits like a glove.

    EDIT: Forgot to mention this was a hand tool build, I'm not fancy enough to own a bandsaw, circular saw or any of that stuff! I do have a router however. All sanding was done by hand. My hands hurt.


    Thru-Neck Multi-Scale 32" - 30.5"
    Total body length 18.5"
    Total bass length 41"
    String spacing @ nut 9.5mm
    String spacing @ bridge 15.5mm
    Neck width 23mm
    Body width 38mm

    Woods used:
    Ziricote cap/truss rod cover
    Mahogany body wings
    Laminate Maple/Purpleheart/Dyed Black Veneer neck
    Malaysian Ebony Fretboard (fretted myself)

    Unbranded single string bridges (7)
    Unbranded black tuning pegs (7)
    Two EMG45DC's with the accompanying "plug and play pots"

    SR2000 Dean Markley 7 string set 0.20 - 0.130 (If memory serves me correctly) Still waiting for these to arrive.

    Abalone fret and top fret markers.
    Black metal pot knobs although I'm making some nice Ebony ones for it soon.
    Polished using homemade Beeswax/Olive Oil polish.

    Let me know what you guys think and where I can improve!

    I really need to hoover my carpet.

  2. davens


    Jan 24, 2005
    Stoney Creek, ON
    That's a very ambitious first build. Gorgeous woods and tasteful lines. A real shame about the pickup cavities :/ I used almost the same woods with black hardware on my first build and found a bone nut made it 'pop' a lot more than an ebony that I started with.
    How much does it weigh? Pics of the back please!
  3. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    I think those cavities look cool like the bridge one. Good job on a freshman effort...
  4. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Excellent taste in woods my friend.

    This is a 5 string I have been neglecting for a while that I just got back to work on. We chose the same top and fretboard woods

  5. It's an impressive work! Totally hand made! Good job!
    I like the bridge PU cavity, you should do the same for the neck Pu cavity IMHO

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