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Ever build a bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 2_loud, Oct 12, 2001.


  1. 2_loud

    2_loud

    Sep 20, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    I considering building my own P bass and would like to hear from others who have built similar 'bolt ons'. Do's and Don'ts? Recommendations? ect.


    Thanks
     
  2. From experience I would suggest getting a quality construction and/or repair book (assuming you don't already have these). A couple good ones are Complete Guitar Repair by Kamimoto and Make Your Own Electric Guitar (he actually builds a neck-thru 8 string in it. Make sure you thoroughly cover the topics before you attempt to tackle that step, ie don't wing fretting, cause it will turn out bad. Make sure you have the minimal of tools. And make sure you buy quality components, from lumber to hardware (lumber being more important, cause warping will likely destroy the instrument's playability). But educating yourself is the biggest thing. Oh, and make sure that you measure everything before you build, I made this mistake on my first (fretless Ric copy, jeesh!!) and it wound up causing alot of problems such as having to change all the other measurements cause of one I forgot, and in the end it wound up playing pretty bad because of it. So if you takeyour time planning and build with patience and make sure that you know pretty much what you are doing (cause experience will teach you alot) it should turn out fine.

    Also check out some websites:
    www.stewmac.com
    www.mimf.com - there is a construction course starting in Jan I believe.

    Geoff
     
  3. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    www.warmoth.com

    I built 5 basses using their parts & have been completly satisfied every time. I still own 3 of the basses that I built. I've built basses for less then Fenders & I've compared these t to comparable fenders & they (IMO) blow fenders away.

    I compared the 5 to MIA deluxe active 5's & the 4 to a Geddy Lee & MIA 75 re-issues. & Just about any other Fender I could play.

    <img src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=45907306&Sequence=1&res=high"><img src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=50430783&Sequence=1&res=high">
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  4. 2_loud

    2_loud

    Sep 20, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    dingz2,

    Thanks for the advice. I'll probably look into one of those books you mentioned. I have no intention doing anything as ambitious as making my own neck and body, although I greatly admire those who do. I'm more stressed about making sure the bass will play great after I bolt the neck to the body. I guess you could say setup is my main concern. The electronics are easy.

    Thanks for the response.

    Rene
     
  5. 2_loud

    2_loud

    Sep 20, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Nino,

    Nice looking stuff. I've had similar experience with Fender stuff. I love the way its designed but I can never seem to find one that I like...playing wise. You got any tips on setting them up right? Anything I shouldn't do?

    Thanks
    Rene
     
  6. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Try to get a neck that does not have a fretboard extention. The black & my other 4 (not pictured)does. If I needed to adjust the neck, I'd have to unbolt the it to get to the truss rod. Luckily, The neck on both of them haven't needed adjustments. Major tip is, TAKE YOUR TIME. It looks easy (for the most part it is) but if you run into alittle bit of difficulty, whatever it may be, step back & take a breather. The black one has 2 minor scratched because U had to rush it.:( The one that's not pictured (79 P body w/Warmoth neck, Duncan PJ Quater lb's) has 2 minor holes on the headstock . When I was drilling the holes for the tuning machines, I went alittle too deep. LOL. But I filled the holes & it goes nicley w.the birdseye maple.
     
  7. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    bump