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Brooks EB-RBL-Q II

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Basvarken, Nov 26, 2018.


  1. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Today saw the birth of a new bass.
    Just finished the build of the Brooks EB-RBL-Q II.
    I built it for a great bass player / singer who lives at a 20 minute drive from my place.

    - One piece Honduras mahogany body
    - Bookmatched Quilted maple top
    - One piece quarter sawn mahogany set neck. Glued in
    - Transparent black stain on top
    - Solid black on body and neck
    - High gloss transparent acrylic finish
    - Pearloid binding
    - Ebony fretboard
    - Aluminium circle position markers
    - Jumbo frets
    - 34" scale
    - Buffalo horn nut
    - Babicz bridge
    - Spokewheel double action trussrod
    - Seymour Duncan SRB-1B bass humbucker
    - Schaller lightweight tuners
    - CTS pots Volume - Tone
    - Switchcraft on-on-on slide (series, single coil, parallel)

    Here's some pics I made this afternoon.
    I'll post pics of the build process later on. brooks-eb-rbl-q-ii_orig. brooks-eb-rbl-q-ii-bodyangle1500_orig. brooks-eb-rbl-q-controls1500_orig. brooks-eb-rbl-q-headstock1500_orig. brooks-eb-rbl-q-pickup1500_orig. brooks-ebn-rbl-q-bodyangle2-1500_orig. brooks-eb-rbl-q-backfull1500_orig. brooks-eb-rbl-q-positioncircles1500_orig.
     
  2. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    I started out with a huge blank of mahogany that I found at the shop where I buy the timber.
    There's easily three bodies in this blank.

    huge-body-blank_orig.


    So I roughly sawed out the shape of the body first and then I used a template and a router to cut the proper shape.
    First thing I did after the body shape was done, was to route the control cavity.
    body-back_3_orig.
     
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  3. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Next was the top. The customer wanted a quilted maple top.
    I found a beautiful bookmatched set at the German webstore Holz Faszination.

    It's always a bit of a puzzle to get all the clamps in the right position. ;-)

    clamping-the-top_orig.


    And after the top was glued onto the body I took the router again to cut out the outline.
    I used a template bit that follows the outline of the body.

    body-shape_orig.
     
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  4. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Next was routing the channel for the binding

    binding-channel-close_orig.


    In the meanwhile I found a nice blank for the neck.
    In the pic you see two neck blanks. The other one is for a bass that is nearly ready too (I'll keep you posted).

    neck-blanks_1_orig.
     
  5. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    I'm afraid I didn't take pictures of all the steps in the build process.
    So here is fast forward a little bit to the fretboard.
    I bought the radiused and already slotted ebony fretboard at Holz Faszination again.
    And I made circle aluminum inlays from an aluminum pipe that I cut into small rings.
    The inside of the ring is a perfect fit for a regular 5mm black plastic dotted inlay.

    29573169-10215830059689462-8205745196392124970-n_orig. 29543205-10215830060889492-7629146443706567247-n_orig.

    fretboard-fretted_orig.
     
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  6. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    When the fretboard was ready I glued it onto the (roughly shaped) neck.
    I used the inner tubes of a bicycle as a very uniform and consistent clamping method.

    glueing-the-fret-board_orig.


    neck-rough-shape_orig.
     
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  7. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    I didn't make pics where I glued the binding. But I have one from a very similar build:

    29597719-10215830062089522-6112266178434269974-n_orig.

    Routed the neck pocket. I prefer to route the pocket with a straight angle and make required angle in the heel tenon.

    neck-pocket_1.


    In the meanwhile I made the position markers on the side of the neck. using the same method as the circle on the fretboard. Only smaller ;-)

    side-markers_orig.
    circle-markers-side_orig.
     
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2018
  8. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Next was routing the pickup cavity
    routing-pickup-hole_orig.


    The pickup is a Seymour Duncan SRB-1B humbucker, which is a Rickenbacker replacement pickup.
    But since this is by no means a Rickenbacker bass, I cut of the ears of the base plate.
    And the bridge is a Babicz full contact bridge by the way.

    pikcup-plus-bridge_orig.
    fitting-the-pickup_orig.
     
  9. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Drilled a hole for the output

    pickup-hole-plus-output-hole_orig.

    Cut out a rectangular profile for the switch and output plate.

    jack-output-hole_orig.

    Made a plate for the output and switch

    switchplate_orig.

    Plus cut out a hole for the switch

    switch-cavity.
     
  10. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    After lots of fine tuning the shape of the heel, I could finally glue the neck into the neck pocket

    clamping-the-neck_1_orig.


    body-ready-to-stain_orig.
     
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  11. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    Ready to stain! I used waterbased Clou. It's easy to work with and cheap!

    ready-to-stain_1_orig.
    dried-up_orig.


    When the first coat of black stain was dry, I sanded it back to accentuate the quilted pattern.
    sanded-back_1_orig.


    And then I applied a second layer of transparent black

    second-final-layer-of-black_orig.
     
  12. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Luthier / Gibson Bass Book
    After that the tedious process of applying transparent lacquer started. Lots of spraying, sanding, spraying, sanding et cetera...

    first-coat-of-clear_orig.


    And at a certain point I applied the decals for the headstock

    appying-the-decals_orig.
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2018
  13. Great stuff. I love the little details like the switch in the jack plate and the truss rod slot in the end of the fretboard.
     
  14. 5tring

    5tring

    Sep 16, 2018
    UK
    Awesome. Love the finish.
     
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  15. 5tring

    5tring

    Sep 16, 2018
    UK
    Agreed!
     
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  16. Wow, she's such a beauty! Well done!
     
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  17. dan1952

    dan1952 Commercial User

    Jun 27, 2012
    Anderson IN
    Artist Endorsement with Supro Huntington Basses / Owner, Dan's Music, Inc..
    That is beautiful. Wonderful work, and a great document!
     
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  18. nilorius

    nilorius

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    Well....if it sounds good for you and you feel it then....another bass player who got IT.
     
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  19. Londo Molari

    Londo Molari

    Jan 1, 2014
    2 blocks east of Mars
    Decendant from the Clovis culture. "Emitting that wonderful bass effect since 1970".
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  20. Zoobiedood

    Zoobiedood Commercial User

    Sep 1, 2015
    Writer/Ambassador/Artist/Resident Bass Expert for Seymour Duncan
    I am loving these pics.
     
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