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Calling all "Bassbuilding-do-it-yourselfers"!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassmouse3, Nov 12, 2001.


  1. Bassmouse3

    Bassmouse3

    Nov 12, 2001
    Valby, Denmark
    Hi there y'all! I've been at talkbass for about two years, although my profile says new member... Darnit, my old profile bassmouse doesn't work anymore for some reason...
    Anyways, I'm a Luthier/bassbuilder myself, and I must admit that I've some very nice homemade basses around this forum, if only a bit scarce; I would really like to see some more homemade basses, whether it's warmoth or entirely homegrown or whatever. I was just wondering if there were more out there. Unfortunately I don't have any pics of any of my own, but I'll be sure to post 'em when I get some. So come on, don't be shy, show us your wonders! :D
     
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <img src=http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=50430783&Sequence=1&res=high">
    <b>Jazz bass 4 string.</b>
    I changed the body to a natural Ash w/black pickguard & Gotoh string thru the body bridge. I just won Sadowsky pick-up's & pre amp on eBay & it's going in this bass. It has the Warmoth decal w/70's style "JAZZ BASS" decal. I'll have new picks soon, I'm just too lazy

    <img width=400 src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=41153965&Sequence=0&res=high">
    <b>Jazz bass 5 string</b>
    Gold hardware
    Gotoh tuning machines
    Schaller bridge
    maple/maple neck
    Ash body w/AAAA quilt top
    Aguilar OBP-1 preamp
    EMG 40J pickups

    <img width=400 src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=13865679&p=55165095&Sequence=0&res=high">
    <b>P Bass</b>(sold)
    1979 P bass body
    Warmoth neck w/70's "Fender Precision Bass" decal natural Ash body*
    maple neck w/rosewood fretboard
    Schaller tuning machines
    Seymour Duncan BassLines Quater Pound P/J** pickups
    mirrored pickguard
    Leo Quan BadAss II bridge
    neck pick-up cover (not pictured).

    *The finish of the bass was originally BLACK. The finish was unprofessionally removed. The body was never refinished. The paint was stripped down to the sealer. You can see some dark parts of the wood where it was sanded below the sealer.

    **The J pickup was also routed unprofessionally, which is why there is a chrome cover around the pickup.
     
  3. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I've got this neck on the way from Warmoth:

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    Wenge with a Pao Ferro fretboard.

    I'm going to get an Explorer body made out of Swamp Ash (probably--maybe Korina) with a P Pickup, and a reverse P Pickup. Black Hardware.

    Wanted something different to justify it. Probably gonna string it up with Rotosound Monel flats.

    Should be sweet, with mojo.
     
  4. Bassmonkeee, I'd like to see your bass when finished...
     
  5. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Me, too. :D
     
  6. rllefebv

    rllefebv

    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    This is the first bass that I built totally from scratch, it shows. Maple body with a bookmatched quilted maple top, maple neck and fingerboard, maple bridge, (okay... so I really liked maple at the time! :D ), Schaller PBX pickup, (way under-rated), Gotoh tuners... Of all the basses I have built, this is the only one that I still have a picture of :(

    This picture was taken for a workplace publication in 1992. Right after that, I went out and roached my knee sky-diving, so I had a few weeks of 'shedding with the new fretless!! At the time I built this, I had been away from bass playing for about 10 years and was just looking for a hobby...

    -robert
    <img src="http://www.pcez.com/~isboy/frstbass.jpg">
     
  7. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
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    Here's my home grown Jazz. I got the neck from Warmoth, the body from All Parts, Bartolini pickups and electronics with active/off/passive switch. I've played a lot of stuff and recently came back to this baby, which to my ear sounds great.
     
  8. FalsehoodBass

    FalsehoodBass

    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    Nino.... i really like the pickup cover on the J-pickup on the p-bass... don't tell anyone its because of unprofessional routing... it looks really good... likewise on the finish... i'd pay for a finish that looks like that...

    odd how mistakes or seconds can turn out soo good..
     
  9. Bassmouse3

    Bassmouse3

    Nov 12, 2001
    Valby, Denmark
    :D Wow! I did'nt know so many of you had built your own! rllbfebv? I really dig your wooden bridge, I do alot of those too, what can I say, I love Carl Thompsons! A couple of questions: Do you build purely for yourself, or friends, clients whatever? Out of curiosity, don't you think it's hard to put a price tag on a creation of your own? And lastly, a tech question, how do you feel a maple fretless fingerboard stands up to string wear? I recently built a fivestring fretless ( High C ), without fretlines and an ebony fingerboard... I've been playing that one quite a lot, and I'm very satisfied with the durability of the ebony.
    Bassmonkee, that neck is awesome!!! That bass is gonna be spanking, when comes to sound!! I love the sound of wenge, I'm a big Warwick fan although I unfortunately don't have the dough for a 6 string thumb:( I really hope you'll post a pic when it's complete!
    And Phil Smith, That flamemaple body rocks! Just out of curiosity, isn't that a Gecko neck? The headstock looks sort of like it, though I haven't seen a four string gecko neck before...
    Nino, I can't believe how well you've accomplished building a sadowsky lookalike with your 5 string jazz!!:eek: It looks amazing!
    I think all of your basses look fabulous, but I think it's sort of funny that so many of you build fender lookalikes... I'm not much of a fender fan myself, but I respect 'em for what they do.
    Anyways, enough ranting from me, I hope soon too be able to post pics of my homegrown ones... Keep 'em coming!
     
  10. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    Bassmouse3,

    I'm not sure if it is a Gecko neck, I saw it in the bargain section and said heck, let me get it primarily because it was wenge, didn't have a Fender-esque headstock and the look would work well with the flamed top of the body. Thanks for the compliment, I stained that baby myself.
     
  11. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    That's not even a great picture of it. <a href="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=1174383&a=12990770&f=0">CLICK HERE</a> to see more pictures.
     
  12. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I'm pretty sure that it's just the regular Warmoth headstock shape. Like this one:

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    They call it the "Warmoth 2 + 2 Headstock."

    Phil, your bass is definitely sweet. I hope mine turns out half as nice.
     
  13. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    The headstock photo you posted is a little more elongated at the top, I have another bass that I built that has a neck just like the one you posted but the truss rod adjustment is at the bottom. The other one is quilt mable, but is finished with a strawberry like color, still looks good, I'll get some photo's of it up eventually. Thanks for the compliment bassmonkeee.
     
  14. Saint

    Saint

    Mar 2, 2000
    DC - USA
    Currently working on a complete overhall/salvage of my first bass that comes pretty close to scratch.
    It was a Vantage with 2 p-pickups. I've completely gutted the electronics, stripped the coating and veneer (I have no idea what the coating was, but it had to be removed by completely sanding it off b/c no chemical/heat combo would work), altered the shape and weight of the bass including the cutaways, the headstock, the neck and heel. I've stained it a completely different color and am currently coating the bass and fretboard with polyurethane. I'm replacing the passive electronics with EMG pickups and controls. Should be done soon and will post pictures. My next project is building a 12 string guitar from parts (very frankenstein-like); I already have the neck. After that it's onto building a 5-string.
     
  15. Ely

    Ely

    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    I plan on doing that someday, just building a bass from scratch. I might not even use power tools and just hand carve it and stuff.

    Here's one idea I have:

    5 String Neck-Thru
    3 Piece Quartersawn Rock Maple Neck
    Solid Rock Maple Body (Made extra large for more sustain and tone)
    Ebony, Maple or Pau Ferro Fretboard
    36" Scale 24 Fret Neck, No Inlays, multiple steel rods reinforcing the truss rod(s)
    Brass ABM or Hipshot Bridge (Strung-thru the body if I can figure out how to get one of these bad boys cut properly)
    Brass Nut
    Brass Frets (If I can get some)
    Hipshot Tuners
    Basslines Musicman Pickup (the Ceramic kind, in normal Stingray position)
    No electronics, just the pickup wired straight to the input jack
    Strung with .65 - .150 Stainless Steel Roundwounds and played with a 3mm pick close to the bridge

    Yes, I know I am insane for wanting a bass this bright and I know it would weigh like a bastard, but think of the agressive tone! You'd never be drowned out by guitarists again!
     
  16. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    Don't forget, as the scale length increases, you can *decrease* the string guage. A .65 G on a 36" scale would be horribly tight (the D would be even worse). In fact I don't know if a maple neck could handle all that tension. Or, would you be detuning significantly?
     
  17. Ely

    Ely

    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    I'm just planning this out right now, not really committed to anything (except I want a lot of maple or other hard, bright woods and a single mm pickup without any controls)
     
  18. I have a project I want to tackle some day, I thought I could get some advice from you guys, since you know what your doin.

    I have a MIA B.C. Rich 5 string with a MM style bartolini and active electronics. the thing has been violated. when I was 16 I thought it would be cool to tear it apart and paint it up with some "crackle" paint. I kinda let my buddy do most prep and paint stuff. I tore it apart and gave him the body to work on. I know he didn't sand it all the way down before applying the new paint. it also didn't get the proper clear coat it needed. now the truss rod is stripped and the paint has worn off in a few spots.

    I was thinking about handing it over to a professional to bring it back to life. but after seeing some of your guys' work, I think I might try it myself (except for the trussrod of course). what do you think, should I tear it apart, sand the finish down, hand the neck to the pro, then have the pro set it up? what kind of stripper should I use, that wouldn't damage the wood? I also was thinking of finishing it with tung oil, what do you think? not sure what kind of wood is under there, it sure is heavy tho.

    I was watching a video of my old band rippin up a party and was shocked at how good that thing sounded (haven't played it in a while). it's worth bringing it back to life.

    any tips you have or any links to some wood working stuff you guys know of would be cool, I'll look some up here myself.
     
  19. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
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    This is the sibling to the other jazz that I made.
     
  20. Man, that's gorgeous! What's that thing that looks like a strap button next to the bridge, Phil?