Build alpha: Rob Allen inspired

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Beauchene Implements, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. envika

    envika

    Nov 27, 2007
    Bronx, NY
    That neck looks great! Subscribed.
     
  2. X Wolf

    X Wolf Guest

    Very nice design and workmanship. Looks like it will be a great bass, congratulations and best of luck with your project.

    George
     
  3. SDB Guitars

    SDB Guitars Commercial User

    Jul 2, 2007
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Shawn Ball - Owner, SDB Guitars
    Looking good so far... :)
     
  4. Beauchene Implements

    Beauchene Implements Commercial User

    Dec 31, 2007
    Maine
    Technician at NS Design
    So after I realized (on the way to work....) that today is a holiday, I turned around and got crackin'.

    Routed some body cavities. This took an hour, had to take a lot of breaks!
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    As I was cleaning up the edges, the bit slipped. Next time I'll make my template edges wider. Oh well, nothing's perfect...as least it's not going to be visible.
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    So after that I spent the rest of the day shaping a fingerboard. I took off most of the meat with a small hand plane, and did the rest with a stew-mac radiused sanding block.
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    Then I drilled some tuning key holes. Made a template for the Schallers based on the dimensions from warmoth.com.
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    Getting there...
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    More fine sanding, neck cavity routing, and prepping the spruce top to come!:hyper:
     
  5. Linkert

    Linkert

    Oct 24, 2006
    Sweden
    Comeing out goooooood! :)
     
  6. SDB Guitars

    SDB Guitars Commercial User

    Jul 2, 2007
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Shawn Ball - Owner, SDB Guitars
    That's looking pretty slick! Good job!
     
  7. NickyBass

    NickyBass Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2005
    Southern New Jersey
    Looking great!! Good work so far.
     
  8. RAHAZ

    RAHAZ

    Feb 12, 2007
    Arizona
    Nice work. Keep the pictures coming!
     
  9. smakbass

    smakbass Smakkin basses for 25 years..

    Aug 6, 2002
    Vancouver Canada
    Are you going to put a string guide on there?
     
  10. Beauchene Implements

    Beauchene Implements Commercial User

    Dec 31, 2007
    Maine
    Technician at NS Design
    Thanks all. Spruce top pics soon!

    smak--I'm not using a string guide or trees. The 13 degree headstock angle should make that unnecessary. I laid out the tuners for no more than about 6 degrees lateral deflection, so I think it will be ok in that respect, as well. I'm using a delrin nut, and she's getting Thomastik flatwounds, so tuning should be silky smooth.
     
  11. very pretty bass...cool design also.
     
  12. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    Excellent work, my man.
     
  13. Beauchene Implements

    Beauchene Implements Commercial User

    Dec 31, 2007
    Maine
    Technician at NS Design
    I try to save updates for significant progress, but I thought you guys might like to see the neck under tung oil: four coats on, this one hasn't been wiped off yet. About 20 to go.
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    Here's a roughed-out spruce top:
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  14. Jonsbasses

    Jonsbasses

    Oct 21, 2006
    Fort Worth, TX
    Builder: Jon's Basses
    Very nice work!
     
  15. richnota

    richnota

    Jan 11, 2005
    Santa Cruz
    Tasty. The neck is going to be stunning.

    I love Tung Oil finishes
     
  16. I'll never forget this article I read from Rick Turner. He mentioned how he drilled through a body while at alembic and the other guys just laughed and said "let's put an inlay over it and call it a custom". Mistakes while building are a big headache, but I've learned to not get mad and embrace them as an opportunity to challenge myself and fix it as invisibly (both visual and structural) as possible.

    Your bass is looking great, by the way!
     
  17. Beauchene Implements

    Beauchene Implements Commercial User

    Dec 31, 2007
    Maine
    Technician at NS Design
    Thanks rich, thanks wil! I like the look of tung oil too, as well as the feel and smell. And wil-I've learned to embrace the 'battle scars' this bass has been taking since I started. It looks 'lived-in.'

    This weekend I put in side dots (aka fretless training wheels:)
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    And routed an access for the electronics.
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    I did the neck pocket and started scupting the back of the body as well....pics soon.
     
  18. Beauchene Implements

    Beauchene Implements Commercial User

    Dec 31, 2007
    Maine
    Technician at NS Design
    Quick progress shot as I head out the door for work:
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  19. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Denver, CO
    I just found this thread, but that bass is going to be a beauty. Especially that neck. Great work.

    I'm curious to hear what it sounds like finished. Can you already start to tell what the balance will be like? That would be my only concern, especially with a chambered body.
     
  20. Brennan

    Brennan

    Sep 29, 2004
    Oakland!
    This is the first bass you ever did? Crazy. My first bass was a painters bucket with a broom handle. You got skills, son.