Beardley Bass #4

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by rick0link, Oct 16, 2011.


  1. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    well, i'm here again with my newest project. i did not have any intentions on building a new bass anytime soon, until i stumbled on to some maple planks at my local Home Depot. i found, for quite cheap, some good wood. i went back a few days later to get more, and i found a gem! i found a 12' piece (3.5" x .75" x 12') of curly maple! this was clearly a mistake and that wood didn't belong in the store. it was the only piece like it. it's all mine, and it's a beauty.

    the specs:

    5 string
    34" scale
    unlined fretless
    maple neck, body, and fingerboard.
    set neck
    single EMG HZ soapbar pickup
    black hardware
    Hipshot D-Tuner

    i went with a slightly different body shape this time. i'm doing a double cutaway and i offset the back of the body more so it's similar to a Jazz Bass.

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  2. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD

    May 20, 2005
    Man...The Home Depot near me doesn't carry anything but pine, red oak, and poplar.

    I like your body design.
     
  3. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    Same here. Which is why I jumped on the wood I found.

    Thanks for the kind words!
     
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  5. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    chuggin' right along......

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    i'm going to put more effort into carving on this bass.
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    i applied some oil to see what the grain will end up looking like.....WOW!!!!!
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    Thank you Home Depot!!
     
  6. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    :)
     
  7. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    Here are a few more pics of progress.

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  8. J Lund

    J Lund

    Aug 6, 2008
    Omaha, NE
    Looking really nice. I'm completely jealous that your HD has that kind of wood supply. Are you going to hand carve the entire roundover?
     
  9. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    thank you!!

    as far as the carving is concerned, i hit the whole outer perimeter of the front and back with a round over bit to take some of the meat off. then i'm going to do the rest by hand. i'm very pleased with the results so far.
     
  10. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Gorgeous looking so far.
     
  11. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    got the body about 75% done. i applied some tung oil to see just how the grain will look when its finishing time.

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  12. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    gluing the scarf joint

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  13. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    I got the neck cut out and the headstock rough shaped this evening.
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  14. Rudyboy98

    Rudyboy98

    Jan 25, 2008
    South Bay, CA
    Not a bad looking bass...of course there's lots of work to be done. But it's going to look great I can tell. I've had a bass built for me before..and kudos to you sir, on your hard work!
     
  15. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    thanks!!

    there is a TON more work to be done, for sure. and yes, Home Depot!:bassist:
     
  16. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    Almost done!
     

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  17. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    Das heel!
     

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  18. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    Almost done!
     

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  19. Stilettoprefer

    Stilettoprefer

    Nov 26, 2010
    Wow! I may have to look around the home depot here sometime, thats beautiful!
     
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