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best way to do semi-hollowbody ?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by AllodoX, Jul 3, 2002.

  1. what would be the best way to make a semi-hollowbody bass ?

    my current plan is like this :

    1) make solid body
    2) router out the parts that i want to be hollow
    3) put a decorative top and back on to cover up the hollow parts.

    other options ?
  2. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    that is how it is done to my understanding

  3. In fact you have two options:

    Routing cavities in a solid body and glueing a top over it.

    Cutting out cavities with a jig saw and glueing a top and a back to the body core.

    The second option will save time if you don't have a powerfull router.

  4. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    Thats more or less what Im doing.

    Its a sorta Alembic'ish aproach.

    They make the core wood hollow and put the laminate layers over it.

    Im going with a mahogany core, Purpleheart Laminates, and Zebrawood top and back.

    I will take the mahogany and use the jig to cut it out to the body's shape. Then I will take care to mark out what areas to cut out, taking care to leave plenty of support for the neck, bridge, and room for the countours (It will be similar in style and size to a Fender design).

    Once these areas are cut out, I will do the same with the purpleheart, and then the zebrawood. I will then cut out the F hole in the top.

    Once all the pieces are ready, I will glue the purpleheart to the zebrawood, and after that is ready, I will glue the top and back pieces to the core.

    By doing it step by step, and carving out the hollowed area beofre the pieces are together, I avoid the chances for mistakes that are caused by not having a good view of what I am working on.

    It should come out nice.


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