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Bass pics!

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Hookus, Nov 25, 2005.


  1. Hookus

    Hookus

    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Better pic of the last bass, and some pics of the current project. The binding pic is a bit fuzzy, but you get the point. In the front view pics, it has just been sanded.

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  2. Hookus

    Hookus

    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    The body is semi-hollow, mahogany. I used a piece of the binding over the glue joint on th back. The top is Bocote, with the center strip od Bloodwood. The neck is Bloodwood, with an ebony fingerboard. All gold hardware, and gold frets. The new one is getting Bartolini pups, with a Bartolini pre-amp. It has Vol (with pull passive), Blend, Treble, Mid, Bass, and a three way switch that selects three different mid freqs for the mid-range pot. The battery box is acually mounted to the electronics cover plate, which is also Bocote.
     
  3. teacherguy

    teacherguy

    Feb 21, 2004
    Cincinnati, OH
    Very nice!!
    Keep those progress pics coming!

    You first bass pictured reminds me of what Les Claypool might play if he was a Jazz kinda guy. ;)

    Jon
     
  4. JSPguitars

    JSPguitars

    Jan 12, 2004
    Grass Valley
    I love bocote..... :D
    Looks like the binding came out great! that piece down the middle of the back adds a nice touch too!
     
  5. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor

    I really like how this one is looking, especially the binding!
     
  6. :eek: Those are some B-E-A-UTIFUL basses!!! :D What woods did you use?

    -Jay
     
  7. Hookus

    Hookus

    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    The fretless is mahogany, figured maple, and walnut. All leftovers from a piece of furniture I was building.

    The second is bocote, mahogany, and bloodwood. Bocote, I have found is particularly difficult to finish, because the grain is so deep. I will not be using wipe on poly on any more basses after this one. It does not go on thick enough for my taste.

    All finishing is about 4-5 coats of Waterlox (a tung oil product), with poly on top.

    Many thanks on the complements, I'll post some progress pics of the latest one as I progress...
     
  8. mahrous

    mahrous

    Aug 13, 2005
    Egypt
    can you post a picture of the headstock of the first bass please?
     
  9. Hookus

    Hookus

    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Hear ya go. The top should have a bit more angle to it, the next bass will be more pronounced.
     
  10. great basses...

    i actually like wipe on poly it gives the wood a more natural look... and it works great for tight-grained woods like maple...for open grains like bocote, you should experiment with wiping on nitrocellulose lacquer first as a sanding sealant.

    i really don't dig wood-toned basses that hide behind 2-3mm of high gloss poly finish...its just not organic enough, IMO.
     
  11. Hookus

    Hookus

    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    I tend to agree. I am torn between a more natural look, and the pro-finished look. I find that most people here seem to regard a more natural finish as amatuer, fact not withstanding. The bocote actually had two coats of sealer put on, and is still a PITA to finish. Mahogany is also a pain for a natural finish.

    Walnut, maple, and satine, were all a breeze. Two coats of poly, and they were like glass.

    The neck on the first bass is only finished with oil. I can't stand shiny neck finish. The current one will get satin poly.
     
  12. niec basses and nice jobs on both so far, tho i am not a real big fan of the look of the first one. too jazz bass looking for those woods

    lowsound
     
  13. Hookus

    Hookus

    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Thx.

    Yeah, the first bass should have gotten a different body style, in retrospect. But, on the other side, I made that one for me, and I prefer a J bass. I would not typically make a straight up J or P body for someone else. Funny thing is that wood came out of the trash pile at the shop.

    Will post progress pics, but am at a standstill waiting on backordered parts.
     
  14. JSPguitars

    JSPguitars

    Jan 12, 2004
    Grass Valley
    i think that jazz bass looks great, and would looke even better with some flamed maple (or mahogany) binding outside the ebony fingerboard.....
     
  15. Hookus

    Hookus

    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Hmmmm.......it's not too late for that...... :ninja: