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Fenderbird build

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by TimboZ, Mar 12, 2009.


  1. TimboZ

    TimboZ

    Jan 4, 2009
    South of Buffalo
    This is my first body build.

    Body is made from 3 pieces of 2x6 poplar.
    It's going to have a MightyMite Jazz neck with Schaller tuners.
    Bridge will be thru body.

    I'm still havent decided on pickups yet. Thinking about a BassLine Musicman pickup with coyl tap.


    I reversed the body.
    Will I be sorry with the placement of the knobs?
     

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  2. moonshinegtrs

    moonshinegtrs Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 28, 2009
    White Bluff,Tn.
    Owner: Moonshine Custom Guitars
    I think it's cool. An interesting take on the Fenderbird. Basically a standard "reverse body" reversed again. Your body taper looks nice and as long as you don't slap or play real close to the fingerboard,you shouldn't have a problem with the knobs. Not where I would place them personally, but each to his own.

    You mentioned splitting the coils of the pickup. I doubt you will be able to us a push/pull volume or tone pot. better off using a micro switch.

    there's a million ways to build something. I think your off to a good start. Just my opinion. Let's see photos of the completed bass. Good luck!
    Moonshine :bassist:
     
  3. TimboZ

    TimboZ

    Jan 4, 2009
    South of Buffalo
    The only reason I may choose that location for the knobs is because I may have tapered down the body a bit to much to put the knobs over by the jackplate.:meh:

    Also I was thinking of using a micro switch for the coil tap if I go with a humbucker.

    I'm open for suggestions on pickups.

    I'm going to rout the neck pocket this weekend.
     
  4. moonshinegtrs

    moonshinegtrs Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 28, 2009
    White Bluff,Tn.
    Owner: Moonshine Custom Guitars
    I think if you put the pots up fairly close to the middle of the body,you still should have room for them. You could use the smaller size pots that are available,though they probably won't make much of a difference. Also, you could mount the backplate on the surface,instead of routing it into the body. Once again, it all boils down to what you like.

    Your pickup selection is almost endless, That's the fun of building your own instrument. I think it's going to make a nice looking bass. I want to do a Fenderbird myself, I have been gathering parts for awhile now. One of these days,I might actually get around to it. All the different versions on Talkbass are pretty amazing. There is a lot of tallent here!
    Moonshine :bassist:
     
  5. TimboZ

    TimboZ

    Jan 4, 2009
    South of Buffalo
    Making some progress.
    Still have a lot of sanding to do.

    Picture010.

    Picture012.

    Picture014.
     
  6. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford

    Feb 15, 2008
    OH/WV
    Looking good.

    Cant wait to see the finished product.
     
  7. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    x2, I can't put my finger on why, but I really like it so far...
     
  8. vbasscustom

    vbasscustom

    Sep 8, 2008
    yeah, thats lookin incredible, so, for the curvature of the body, you just did like an arm contour on every "wing" peice sticking out? im not sure if you will understand becasue i sure didnt word that properly, maybe ill think of some better words and come back and edit
     
  9. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Looking real good!
     
  10. bronzehydra

    bronzehydra

    Oct 14, 2008
    Mukilteo, WA
    Looks really good!
     
  11. mongo2

    mongo2

    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Slick.
     
  12. TimboZ

    TimboZ

    Jan 4, 2009
    South of Buffalo
    Just put the first coat of stain on.
    It is ebony.

    It looks a lot better than the phtos show.

    Picture021.

    Picture022.
     
  13. Mcfunkinstein

    Mcfunkinstein

    Jun 22, 2008
    looking good
     
  14. MetroBass

    MetroBass

    Mar 26, 2008
    South of LA
    Hatred obscures all distinctions.
    Nice!!!!!!!!
     
  15. FREAKIN' BEAUTIFUL! I thought of that actually- the reversed-reverse T-Bird, that is. I'm sure we're not the only ones. :) I'd love to see a lefty Fender-style headstock on it. And a whammy bar. Approved! :cool:
     
  16. TimboZ

    TimboZ

    Jan 4, 2009
    South of Buffalo
    Making some progress.
    I may have to make the neck route a bit deeper.:rollno:

    IMG_2527.
     
  17. wow!
     
  18. bronzehydra

    bronzehydra

    Oct 14, 2008
    Mukilteo, WA
    If I had a nickle for every bass like that... I'd have one nickle.

    But DEYUM! I love the way it looks! Great work so far!
     
  19. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    OMG that is the hawtness!:bassist:
    This. This is my kind of plan!:smug:
     
  20. Nomad98

    Nomad98

    Dec 13, 2005
    Minneapolis
    Was on the fence with the ebony stain but... WOW is right. This bass will be awesome! Lets see it with the neck in and a top shot. PLEASE!
     

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