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A little sister is born...

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Basvarken, Oct 21, 2020.


  1. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    A little sister was added to the Brooks family!
    Built by me.
    It's a gift from my youngest sister to her husband (check the 12th fret inlay).
    The tailpiece was made by my other sister, who is a goldsmith.
    So it's really a family affair

    - One piece chambered mahogany body
    - Grade AAAA bookmatched Quilted Maple
    - One piece Mahogany set neck. Glued in
    - Amber burst
    - Rosewood fretboard with mother of pearl inlays
    - Nickel silver frets
    - PRS style faux maple binding
    - 24 3/4" scale
    - Graph Tech Tusq nut
    - Schaller tune-o-matic bridge gold plated
    - Double action spokewheel trussrod
    - Tonerider Vintage P90s with gold covers
    - Schaller slothead tuners gold plated
    - Bourns mini pots
    - Switchcraft toggle switch
    - Cornell Dublier Tone capacitor
    - Handmade gold plated tail-piece by Pauline van den Broek
    - Electronics wiring by Bas Becu.

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  2. wraub

    wraub

    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    That looks quite nice... it looks cleanly built and well conceived, plus, it all has personal meaning.

    Well done. :)
     
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  3. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    I'll share the build process with you. I didn't make pics of every step. But I think it gives you a pretty good idea of how I built it.

    Scored a nice bookmatched set quilted maple at Holz Faszination in Germany
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    Made a drawing in Adobe Illustrator
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    Then made MDF templates for the body
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    Scored a slab of mahogany at Arnhemse Fijnhouthandel near my howntown.
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    Screwed the template for the body down to the slab of mahogany. Ready to route.
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  4. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Made a small piece of bracing where the joint of the top will not be supported by the middle section of the body.
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    Working on the f-holes. I prefer them skinny. Just enough room to wiggle the pots and switch through.
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    Did some shopping for parts
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    Drilling holes for the controls
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    Next was the neck
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  5. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Found a nice sheet of veneer for the headstock to hide the scarf joint seam.
    It was very wobbly and bent. I had to use fabric softener to get it perfectly flat without breaking it.
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    Cut off a piece of the neck blank for the heel block
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    Routed the truss rod channel. And cut out the part where the spoke wheel part goes, by hand.
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    Decided to not to copy the headstock shape the B&G used for the Little Sister. (I prefer to have the strings not touching or crossing each other). So I used a more Martin-ish shape.
    drilling-the-slots_orig.jpg
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    One very special part of this guitar is the tail-piece. I could not find a tail-piece that comes close to the B&G part.
    Then my sister Pauline chimed in; she told me she'd like to make it! She's a very skilled goldsmith.
    So I made a design and gave her a drawing.
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    And she made the jack plate as well
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  6. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Glued the bookmatched top onto the body
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    Routed the body shape
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    Made a special inlay for the 12th fret. As a little nod from my youngest sister to her husband.
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    The rest of the inlays was pretty straight forward ;-)
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  7. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Taped the fretboard to protect it when I hammered the frets in
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    Drilled the holes for the tuners
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    Next was glueing the fretboard to the neck.I prefer to used the inner tube of a bicycle. It gives the perfectly even pressure, without the risk of bending the neck.
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    Next were the side dots
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    Special attention for the side dot on the 12th position. It's going to make a mini wedding ring ;-)
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    Neck ready for shaping
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    Making the neck joint area
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  8. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Shaping the neck profile
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    working on the neck angle
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    Looks like a guitar already
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    Drilling the output hole
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    Routed the pickup holes
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    I did a lot of tests for the colour on pieces of scrap. This was the winner.
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  9. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Taped of the sides. first painted the side of the maple top to prevent the stain to soak in
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    Then did the first coat of stain
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    Sanded it back to accentuate the darker parts. And then stained a coat of yellow
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    Then a light mahogany stain
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    Followed by a dark mahogany for the edges
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    After several coats of clear lacquer I could apply the decals
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    After several coats of clear
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    Installed the tuners and tailpiece to determine the exact location of the bridge
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  10. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    and last but not least wiring the electronics. My good friend Bas Becu helped me out. He is an electronics wizard and he can solder way better then I can.
    I don't like the control plate on the back of an B&G. So I did not make one. Everything had to go via the f-hole.
    It was super tight. But it worked ;-)
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  11. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    And this is how she sounds:

     
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  12. nilorius

    nilorius Inactive Suspended

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    It looks ok, but it looks like perfectly from 60'', but without a scrap, it should be vintaged a bit, then it will look with a real glance.
     
  13. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    I have no idea what you're saying. :roflmao:
    But I think the guitar is going to be played a lot. I'm sure it will "earn" it's vintage look in the years to come.
     
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  14. nilorius

    nilorius Inactive Suspended

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    Just to own a bit a doom from 60'', what is there so understandable...???
     
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  15. 31HZ

    31HZ Supporting Member

    WHOA!

    You have a great eye for design -- your sister as well.
     
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  16. Very nice. I like the story with the tailpiece and the other personal touches. Even thought they’re often a pain to string up I love how a slotted headstock looks to.
     
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  17. HardNHeavy

    HardNHeavy

    Apr 17, 2014
    PA
    love it.. thanx for sharing the build photos.. very nice work
     
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  18. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
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  19. Koog

    Koog Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2010
    Central Iowa USA
    Very nice work.
     
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  20. wmhill

    wmhill Suspended

    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
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    The slotted headstock put that over the top. top notch!!!!
     
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