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Buckeye Burl Neck-Thru 5 String

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


  1. kaoskater08

    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:

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

    Neck:
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    Body wood:
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    Top wood with headstock piece cut
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    Epoxy applied:
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    Last edited: Jan 30, 2017
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  2. SLivinghouse

    SLivinghouse Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Meadow Vista, CA
    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

    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

    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. Jisch

    Jisch Supporting Member

    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

    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:

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  7. kaoskater08

    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!

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  8. kaoskater08

    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.

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  9. Grumry

    Grumry

    Jul 6, 2016
    Nashville
    Looks awesome!
     
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  10. kaoskater08

    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.
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    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.
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    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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