Brooks EB-PL Noir

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Basvarken, Oct 6, 2017.

  1. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Amateur Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Just finished a new build.
    The Brooks EB-PL Noir, which is mix between two classics from the fifties (EB-O and P) plus a dash of the Rickenbacker Noir series.

    Here's the specs:
    - One piece mahogany body
    - Three piece mahogany set neck. Glued in
    - Black high gloss transparent acrylic finish
    - Checkerboard binding
    - Ebony fretboard with circle inlays
    - Jumbo frets
    - 34" scale
    - Handcut buffalo horn nut
    - Single ply matte black pickguard
    - Black 3D bridge
    - Spokewheel double action trussrod
    - Single coil pickup Seymour Duncan SCPB-3
    - Black Schaller lightweight tuners
    - CTS pots
    - Sprague capacitor

    I'll post some pics of the result first. And then -in successive posts- I'll show you some of the work in progress.

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  2. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Amateur Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    It started out with just a nice slab of mahogany

    And a beam of mahogany for the neck

    The shape of the body was routed with the help of a template that I used for the previous Brooks bass guitars

    I cut the angle for the headstock off first. And then routed the truss rod channel

    Since I was planning to make an all black bass I chose ebony for the fretboard.

    And I wanted to make circle inlays. Just like the Rickenbacker Noir series has.
    So I bought a tube of aluminium (you can tell I'm European right? ;-) )
    And I cut off short pieces to use as inlay rings.

    Drilled some holes

    And glued them in. Used black plastic dot inlays for the inside of the circle

    And sanded it all flush with a radius block
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  3. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Amateur Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Shaped the neck
    and the head stock

    Made side dots (more about that later...)

    Routed the control cavity

    Routed the binding channel for the checkerboard binding (Rickenbacker style!)


    First step of the binding done!
  4. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Amateur Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Second part of the binding was to route away the black fiber part. To make room for the proper outside binding
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    Then I glued the second binding in place

    When the binding was done I routed the neck pocket
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  5. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Amateur Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    I wasn't entirely happy with the side dots that I made earlier
    So I drilled them out and made small circle inlays. Using the same technique as I did with the position inlays
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  6. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Amateur Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Then I worked on the neck joint, until I had a perfect fit. Here's a test set up (without glue of course)

    So I routed the pickup cavity. Drilled some holes.

    And did another test fitting session just to check if everything was in place...

    And that was the moment when I had to admit that the neck that I built wasn't as good as I had hoped it would be.
    It just wasn't straight...
    I tried to adjust the two way truss rod. But no matter what I did, the neck just wouldn't straighten out...

    So I took off the frets. Tried to sand the fretboard straight.
    But it would work out right.

    So I decided to throw the neck away and start all over again...
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2017
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  7. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Amateur Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Fast forward a few weeks.
    I decided to go for a three piece neck this time. Just to make sure the neck wouldn't bend again...
    The rest of the process of the ring inlays and side sots is the same, so no pics of that part.


    Test fitting with the right neck. This time it was dead straight.

    Then porefiller and sanding (ad infinitum)

    Then I used waterbased stain to make the bass transparent black

    A couple of layers of high gloss trasparent lacquer later:
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  8. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Amateur Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Last layer of transparent lacquer before the final sanding and polishing. You can see the grain shining through nicely.
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  9. RyanKW


    Jul 1, 2015
    This design is really appealing to me.
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  10. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    magnificent in its simplicity. great work. i love the binding.
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  11. Londo Molari

    Londo Molari

    Jan 1, 2014
    2 blocks east of Mars
    Decendant from the Clovis culture. "Emitting that wonderful bass effect since 1970".
    ccb6a669a6a9cd0511aa307b10d604de_parenting-35.jpg Outstanding!
  12. tb4sbp


    May 9, 2017
    North East
    One beautiful axe
    Very well done!
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  13. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Southwest Virginia
    Well Done!
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  14. bassman10096

    bassman10096 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    Very nice. Well done!
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  15. Ulf Buck

    Ulf Buck

    Mar 15, 2015
    South Florida
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  16. hsech

    hsech Work hard. My Social Security needs a raise.

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
    Like that binding.
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  17. VERY nice. I love checkerboard binding despite what a pain it can be to work with.
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  18. Best possible utilization of Honduran Mahogany I can think of. Your praise is well earned. Congrats on a great build and I hope to see more to come.
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  19. Wow...just, WOW. Tremendous work, congratulations.
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  20. Excellent! Love to hear some sound clips please. :)
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