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Bass Specifications?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by spacemagician, Apr 20, 2010.


  1. spacemagician

    spacemagician

    Apr 14, 2010
    I am embarking on an adventure to build a bamboo bass. But, for now, let's disregard the material I am using and treat it as a regular electric bass guitar. I know that the body of bass guitars is usually 1-3/4" thick and the neck (without fretboard) is about 1" thick and the fretboard is about 1/4" thick. My next questions regard more specific stats.

    If I want 24 frets, how long should my fretboard be?
    If I want EMG-HB pickups which require an E-G width of less than 2 inches, how wide should my strings be EXACTLY at the nut and at the bridge?
    How much wider should the neck be than the strings?
    What is the exact spacing between frets for a 24 fret bass?
    Can I make a bass body out of multiple one-ply pieces of wood?

    SHOULD I JUST GET A FREAKING BOOK?!

    Thanks.
     
  2. Bardley

    Bardley

    Nov 16, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    ^ This. It will be much easier.
     
  3. HogieWan

    HogieWan

    Feb 4, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
    Fender necks are 3/4" thick at the heel without FB
     
  4. spacemagician

    spacemagician

    Apr 14, 2010
    Lol, okay. Any recommendations?
     
  5. Cy_Miles

    Cy_Miles

    Feb 3, 2005
  6. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    More importantly, what scale will it be? 32, 34, 35 or 36?


    Drawing out your scale at 1:1, would be first. Nut width will not be as important as the width @ the bridge (the pickups are closer to the bridge). If you can figure out the rough placement of your pickups, within the scale (Scale: defined from the edge of the bridge saddles to the inside edge of the nut) you can start to get a good idea.


    I would go no less than 1/4" total


    Again, what scale are you using?


    Yes you can.

    Absolutely. You would not have asked these particular questions if you had it ;)
     
  7. eleonn

    eleonn

    Aug 24, 2006
    Lima - PerĂº
    I wouldnt dare without one.
     
  8. spacemagician

    spacemagician

    Apr 14, 2010
    It'll be 34" and 24 frets, but I found a fret calculator so don't worry about it.
     
  9. spacemagician

    spacemagician

    Apr 14, 2010
    I heard about him! Thanks.
     
  10. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    In Martin Koch's book, he explains how to make a fet calculator, out of an excel spreadsheet too.
     
  11. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    If you look through the stickies you will find that a contributor here has already done the work for you and all you need to do is print it. :meh:
     

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