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bass building project

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by sixstringbass, Feb 5, 2006.

  1. ive seen many different basses with different thicknesses and im just wondering how thick does a bass body have to be? ive got enough burled walnut lumber to begin building but want to know how thick the body has to be.
  2. VaantCustom


    Feb 5, 2006
    The body has only to be thick enough to hold the electronics. Aside from that, it's up to you.
    Weight could definitely be an issue if you're building the body out of solid walnut, so you don't want it too thick, however if you're planning to do any heavy carving or contouring on the body, leave some extra thickness and you'll have plenty of wood to work with later so you can be creative.
    Good luck,
  3. Groove Theory

    Groove Theory Grizzly Adams DID have a beard.

    Oct 3, 2004
    The Psychiatric Ward
    it just depends on what you're doing, neck thru's can be made somewhat thinner than other ways IME, bolt ons usually require slightly thicker than neck thru's to allow for it to allow for enough substance for a neck to bolt on to, if you're doing a chambered body, they usually need to be thicker...but none of these are 100% steadfast. I'm sure there are super thin bolt on chambered bodies out there...but if you're looking at going thin, its definantly possible, I'm just about finishing up a single cut NT that is only about 1 1/4 thick at the body...