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Another 5 string SG bass build

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ric5, Jan 1, 2013.


  1. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    I am building a third 5 string Frankensteined SG bass. I have built 2 of these already.

    http://www.3dentourage.com/425/5string-sg-bass.htm

    http://www.3dentourage.com/425/5string-sg-bass2.htm

    Here are some pics of my newest project.

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    The body is an Epiphone EB0 body. I slightly reliced the body to have a road worn look. I am using a 34" scale neck with 21 frets. I have to route out the neck pocket for the new neck and the additional pickup. I will use a 5 string OLP MM style bridge. I will be using 2 EB0 style pickups. I am thinking I will put a Rickenbacker .0047 capacitor with a toggle on/off for the bridge pickup. Also I will have to modify the pickups to properly cover 5 strings.
     
  2. Bobster

    Bobster

    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Hi Ric5

    Best of luck with the build (not that you need it).

    Seeing the paddle headstock, I had to make a suggestion....

    What about going with a 3x2 headstock design, similiar to the stock design?

    Bob
     
  3. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    I will go with the pointy headstock that I like.

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    The pointy shape is also used in some Gibson guitars and basses.
     
  4. Bobster

    Bobster

    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    No arguing there.... ;-)

    It's your bass. Best of luck with the build!

    Bob
     
  5. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    I also will do a 4th one of these. It will have 2 t-bird pickups.
     
  6. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    I am going for a bass something like this when finished.

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    Although mine unlike the Warwick Jack Bruce Survivor bass will have 5 strings and it will be 34" in scale and it will cost a lot less.
     
  7. sevdog

    sevdog Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2008
    ATX
    I remember you posting a pic of the black one on a thread a while back...I'll post basically the same thing I did on that thread...it looks freaking sweet, if you ever want to sell it, hit me up.
     
  8. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    This is turning out to be a slow build ... but I am still making progress ...

    I routed out the neck pocket and made a route for the bridge pickup and enlarged the control cavity.

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  9. DON'T LET THE COLLECTIF DOWN. THIS MUST BE BUILT.
     
  10. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Thanks for your confidence ...

    The pickups are in the Rickenbacker positions and the wiring will be following the Rickenbacker schematic except I will use all 500k ohm pots due to the humbuckers.

    The pickups will have a 1/8" by 1/8" by 3" steel bar to pickup up all 5 strings. I will leave the 4 holes in the cover and the bar will be under the cover.
     
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  11. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    I modified 3 EB0 pickups. Those pickups are a designed for 4 strings and they don't make a 5 string version. So I modifed the pickups to cover 5 strings. 2 of them I installed a steel rod and one a bar magnet. One pickup is an Epiphone pickup, one is an Artec, and one a generic clone. I have since lost track of which one is which.

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  12. And? What's the progress?
     
  13. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    I put on the neck and put in the pickups and electronics.

    I wired it like a Rickenbacker but with 500k ohm volume pots and 1000k ohm tone pots.

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    I put on a black bridge.

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    I still need to oil finish the neck and put on a nut and tuners and straploks and strings

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  14. For someone who has played as long as I have, I have an extremely limited knowledge of the internal electronics of bass guitars. What would the end difference be?
     
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  15. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Gibson and Rickenbacker wire some of their instruments with a toggle and 2 volumes and 2 tones, Fender quite often wires with 2 vol and one tone.

    The higher value pot will make the bass brighter.
     
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  16. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    Looks like it is coming along very nicely
     
  17. Sartori

    Sartori Supporting Member

    Cool build. I've always wondered what one of those big humbuckers would sound like in the bridge position.
     
  18. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    I'll have a sound byte soon
     
  19. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    OK I put it together tonight ...

    The Mudbucker pickups will not cover a wide string spacing. The 2 1/2" string spacing puts the B and G string outside the effective range of the pickup. The mods I did to the pickups did not help at all.

    So I took a pair of Rickenbacker 2030 pickups and put them under the pickup covers. Single coil in the neck position and humbucker in the bridge position.

    Now all 5 strings work fine.
     
    Last edited: May 3, 2014
  20. glimmerofdope

    glimmerofdope

    Apr 9, 2008
    I have 2 of Jeff's Fenderbirds, love them! Gonna need a 5 string Ric someday...

    Keep Building Jeff!