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Beardley EUB build

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by rick0link, Jan 6, 2012.


  1. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    So i'm gonna take a stab at building an EUB. Going on the cheap with woods..... using all red oak from Lowes.

    I'll upload a few pics and more details later.
     
  2. azfryguy

    azfryguy

    Feb 2, 2010
    Queen Creek AZ
    Sweet
     
  3. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    making quick progress!

    sketch of the headstock
    2012-01-07_17-50-22_333.
    drilling it out
    2012-01-07_18-13-04_754.
    2012-01-07_18-13-13_34.
    2012-01-07_18-55-05_449.
    2012-01-07_18-55-23_602.
    cut the taper
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    2012-01-07_19-26-59_91.
    2012-01-07_19-27-13_843.

    so the specs are:
    3/4 sized EUB
    41.5 scale length
    4 string
    4" or 5" radius
    all woods are red oak
    i am going to try dying the fingerboard black to simulate the look of ebony

    so far, this is turning out to be a very easy project.
     
  4. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    started on the fingerboard radius this morning.

    2012-01-08_10-52-21_461.
    this beast make easy work of a tough job
    2012-01-08_11-07-54_972.
    and this is what was planed off
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  5. That looks like a sharp radius, perhaps it's just been a while since I've seen a double bass.

    either way, I'd like to see more of this!
     
  6. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    got more work done on this.

    carved out the back of the neck
    2012-01-13_17-41-12_754.
    2012-01-13_17-41-21_540.
    2012-01-13_17-41-29_51.

    glued the fingerboard on too
    2012-01-13_18-01-15_318.
    2012-01-13_18-01-31_667.
     
  7. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    fingerboard is on

    2012-01-14_09-34-37_821.
    2012-01-14_09-34-45_310.

    i have to add some mass to the back for when i rout out a cavity for the control(s) and input jack. so i decided to add this piece of maple to the back to give it a slightly different look and make it work.
    2012-01-14_09-46-23_341.
     
  8. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    im using purpleheart for the nut and bridge.
    2012-01-16_08-37-47_334.
    2012-01-16_08-37-30_472.
    2012-01-16_09-32-45_730.
    2012-01-16_09-33-04_526.
    2012-01-16_09-33-11_202.

    and here is my logo at the 12th position
    2012-01-16_10-02-44_585.
     
  9. Man - I wish the pics weren't blocked here... I'll check it out later, but it sounds like it's moving right along! Looking forward to the eye candy.
     
  10. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    all thanks to you Tony! thank you once more!!
     
  11. Wow, cool! - Glad to help!
     
  12. RobertUI

    RobertUI Thumper Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2005
    Herndon, VA - NoVa
    Super cool! I'm looking forward to seeing this one completed!
     
  13. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    Thank you! I'm pretty jazzed about this one too.

    On a side note, i have a tripod stand coming. My wife has a camera stand thats pretty sweet so i checked it out, and it will work for this beast. Its a Dolcia ST 500 camera tripod. It's lightweight and sturdy.
     
  14. Subscribed! Uber-cool!
     
  15. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    the stand came in yesterday. it's a sweet camera stand that i modified to make the tripod for my EUB.

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    oh, and it's greyhound approved!
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  16. Regarding your position markers - one thing I found with my EUB is that they can 'float' since my bridge isn't in a permanently fixed position.

    I am still developing mine. I am way behind on pics, but my latest bridge configuration includes a slotted bridge plate that spreads out over a larger area of the body. The 'wings' on the plate sit flat on the body and the center 'bridge-slot' part of the plate is raised so I can move the piezo around underneath without having to de-tune. After I test drive this for a while I may opt to fix the plate to the body like you would affix a pick guard with some small wood screws - but that would effectively put my bridge in a consistent spot and allow me to add my own cheater dots if I wanted.

    Even then I think I may still opt for stickers. Without fine-tuning capabilities, I can see new strings or other factors making permanent markers problematic over time.

    It's looking really good! You're going to love playing it!
     
  17. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    I plan on attaching my bridge and keeping it on the body via screws or double sided tape. The 4 other basses i built are fretless with floating bridges. I use my ears more than my cheater marks.
    Thanks for the kind words! :)

    My bow and piezo system arrive today and strings next week. CAN'T WAIT!!!!
     
  18. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    here is how the bass will attach to the tripod stand
    2012-01-21_08-11-47_882.
    here is the piezo system i had made for this.
    2012-01-21_09-37-39_179.
    digging out the control cavity.
    2012-01-21_08-11-37_926.
    and i cannot wait to use this!
    2012-01-21_09-19-50_124.
     
  19. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    i'm very close to the finish line. here are a few pics of the tuners on the headstock.
    2-1.
    1-1.

    the strings will be in today too. chances are i'll have a EUB to play by the days end!!
     
  20. rick0link

    rick0link Commercial User

    May 22, 2010
    Washington, Pennsylvania USA
    Beardly Customs
    aaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnndddddddddddddddddddd it's done!

    for a rather cheap project, this EUB turned out pretty sweet.

    final specs: red oak body and fingerboard, maple back, oak control plate, purpleheart nut, purpleheart/oak bridge, dual piezos under the bridge wired to one volume control, 41 1/2" scale length, 1 3/4" at the nut, 2 3/4" at end of fretboard, 4" radius, D'addario strings, camera tripod, ans a sweet carbon fiber bow.

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    here is my improvised control cover....... due to a blow out of the side when i was routing. whoops!
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    here is the two piece purpleheart/oak bridge
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    headstock with my signature "notch"
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    b.
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