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Custom Fender Jazz

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by amphlett7, Feb 27, 2008.


  1. amphlett7

    amphlett7

    Feb 27, 2008
    Basywater, Western Australia
    Audiofly In-Ear Monitors And Headphones
    I have decided to enter the world of guitar building
    i am starting with a fender jazz custom

    im making the body and pickguard myself(hard work i know)
    and buying the rest, maybe scrapping the old guitars for parts

    So the idea is to build a fender jazz,
    BUT with the marcus miller pickguard
    I need to know certain things i currently dont about this bass
    like the size and location of this hole for the electronics
    and some tips and tricks to help me
    anything can be helpful
    Thanks in advanced
    Josh:bassist::bag:
     
  2. SDB Guitars

    SDB Guitars Commercial User

    Jul 2, 2007
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Shawn Ball - Owner, SDB Guitars
    Take a picture of a J-bass, blow it up to actual size, and then you'll have a template. :)
     
  3. amphlett7

    amphlett7

    Feb 27, 2008
    Basywater, Western Australia
    Audiofly In-Ear Monitors And Headphones
    i already HAve a template
     
  4. decuchi2334

    decuchi2334

    Feb 4, 2008
    What color? What wood? Are you making it exactly like the MM bass? What tools do you have available to you?
     
  5. amphlett7

    amphlett7

    Feb 27, 2008
    Basywater, Western Australia
    Audiofly In-Ear Monitors And Headphones
    well i guess NAturally finished
    looks like orangey yellow
    but i have lots of tools to my disposal
    at school
    router, bandsaw, jigsaw, belt sander

    i know this will sound Crap
    so dont say nuffin bout it
    but I have to use plywood for price reasons
    the only thing of the MM bass im using is the scratchplate
    the controls will be the same as a std jazz
    so yeah
    :help:
     
  6. I think most guys start a build and then post a thread not the other way around.
     
  7. Rudeboy

    Rudeboy

    Jun 10, 2007
    Lawrence KS
    do yourself a favor and don't use plywood

    i did my first little body with a hunk of 1" plywood that i found on the floor of my garage a few years ago, it wasn't worth it. The stuff chips all over the place.

    Unless of course, you're using nice plywood like baltic birch or something. But by the time you pay for that, you could just use hardwoods.

    See if you can afford Poplar. Its pretty good for bodies, pretty cheap, and you can get it at any home depot.
     
  8. amphlett7

    amphlett7

    Feb 27, 2008
    Basywater, Western Australia
    Audiofly In-Ear Monitors And Headphones
    well
    today i bought a block of Agathis wood of the net
    i have heard good things
    its made for a double cutaway so :D
    im thinking to use only "one" jazz pickup
    what would this do to the sound
    i dont know
    but only the bridge pickup
    cause my problem is, when im slapping, i tend to get a lot of noise from the neck pickup
    like loud POPS
    and not the good kind
    your thoughts
     
  9. SDB Guitars

    SDB Guitars Commercial User

    Jul 2, 2007
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Shawn Ball - Owner, SDB Guitars
    If you are only going to use one pickup, I'd not use a jazz pickup...

    I'd either use a MM pickup, a P pickup, or a soapbar (a Nordstrand Big Split would work nicely... I'd probably use the Nordstrand MM4.4, though. Split to "single coil" on either half of the pickup with no noise).
     
  10. amphlett7

    amphlett7

    Feb 27, 2008
    Basywater, Western Australia
    Audiofly In-Ear Monitors And Headphones
    I DID it
    i have officially started
    i cut my wood today
    and its looking more like a crappy bass than a cool block of wood
    :hyper:

    i was exited
    i used the bandsaw in the workshop
    that thing
    is a monster
    it eats wood like a fat kid eats cake
     
  11. I am looking and I don't see pics :)
     
  12. amphlett7

    amphlett7

    Feb 27, 2008
    Basywater, Western Australia
    Audiofly In-Ear Monitors And Headphones
    Its funny you say that
    i actually had my camera with me
    but the teacher said itd distract me
    but i will take photos on monday
    but itll skip for BLOCK OF WOOD to CUT wood
    then to like finished guitar
    probs not but ill have photos
    sorry
     
  13. amphlett7

    amphlett7

    Feb 27, 2008
    Basywater, Western Australia
    Audiofly In-Ear Monitors And Headphones
    Well i think now
    im actually doing like

    Dark walnut on the top
    and walnut with red
    on the back and sides
     

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