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Buckeye Burl Neck-Thru 5 String

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by kaoskater08, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. kaoskater08


    Apr 1, 2011
    I've decided as a New Years resolution I will finish the woodworking on all instruments in the shop. I'm hoping I can get this one done in a timely manner instead of it watching me from the wood storage area :cautious:

    -5 piece maple neck w/ bubinga stringers
    -Ash Body/Alder neck block
    -Maple fingerboard
    -Buckeye burl top


    Body wood:

    Top wood with headstock piece cut
    Epoxy applied:
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2017
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  2. Yeah I know how it feels to have unfinished projects. There's something in my personality that somehow often keeps me from completing projects too (usually a new project.) Maybe a new LC subforum is in order. In addition to "Builder's Showcase" add "Builder's Procrastination and Abandoned Project Hall of Shame." :dead: It could be popular.
  3. kaoskater08


    Apr 1, 2011
    Agreed. Hopefully I can get through them all...this and two others are in the first round. I've got about 6 others that will have to wait their turn :dead:
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  4. kaoskater08


    Apr 1, 2011
    Got a lot done today. Put in the frets, glued the body wings on, trimmed the end of the neck, then trimmed/glued the veneer and top onto the body. Hopefully in the next few days it will finally look like a bass!

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  5. I had a week off work a few weeks back and made a list of everything that needed to be finished on three different basses. I got most of it done - one ended up being a bad pickup so I had to order a new one. I usually don't have a problem getting to "playable" condition, it's the final details that get left off - polishing the nut, making knobs, fixing that one fret etc. (basses look great).
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  6. kaoskater08


    Apr 1, 2011
    Had to take a better picture this morning and show the figure...looking forward to seeing how this bass turns out :hyper:

  7. kaoskater08


    Apr 1, 2011
    Cut/routed the top this afternoon. Probably won't be able to get to this again until the weekend but I'm happy with how its going so far :)

    Next steps are to get the headstock ears and the matching buckeye headstock veneer glued on, the roundover and control cavity routed, then carving starts!

  8. kaoskater08


    Apr 1, 2011
    So far today I've done the roundover, glued on the headstock ears and matching buckeye piece, cut/routed the shape, and drilled the tuner holes.

    I'm not sure what electronics I want to put in this but the next steps are to route the control cavity/battery pack, route for the pickups, drill the holes for the knobs, and carve.

  9. Grumry


    Jul 6, 2016
    Looks awesome!
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  10. kaoskater08


    Apr 1, 2011
    Saturday morning I noticed that the body was WAY thicker than I thought it was, just over 2" thick. This would be ok if the body was chambered but its not.
    To not make this the heaviest instrument in the world I went to Lowe's and picked up some plywood and made a quick and dirty router sled and thinned it out some, then re routed the roundover on the back.

    Once I was done with that I was only able to route the control cavity and drill holes for the knobs, switches, and output jack. I decided I'm going to use the electronics/hardware from another bass I have.

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