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First (and probably only) bass build

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by johnnymiz, Sep 18, 2008.


  1. johnnymiz

    johnnymiz

    Dec 31, 2007
    I want to thank all here who post for your help, whether you knew you were helping me or not. I didn't post, I just used the search function.
    I have a basement shop with lots of tools and some extra wood. I was bored this winter so I decided to build my son a bass(I don't play...I'm tonally challenged, to say the least). I had already bought him a G&L ASAT through the "for sale" section here so I tried to build something a little different. It's a semi-hollow with a shape kind of like a Gibson EB-2. Took waaaay longer than I thought it would.
    I finished it about a month ago. looks good, sounds good, stays in tune.
    a few things I'd change...maybe make the neck slimmer, and make the body slimmer.....it's a little heavy.
    some specs:
    neck is a lamination of red oak(flooring:D),maple and poplar from lowes.
    fretboard is maple from lowes
    body is 1x12 poplar from lowes
    tuning keys are hipshot HB5 open back
    hipshot aluminum 5RK400c bridge
    dimarzio ultra jazz pickups
    wiring harness from Butch at Bayou Cables.....vol,vol,tone with series parallel switch
    Labella flats
    the body is finished with red tint so the grain can be seen with 10 or so coats of poly over it
    the neck is oiled and waxed

    pics to follow
     
  2. johnnymiz

    johnnymiz

    Dec 31, 2007
    neck laminated and routed for trussrod; fretboard cut for frets
     

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  3. johnnymiz

    johnnymiz

    Dec 31, 2007
    fretboard being attached to neck
     

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  4. johnnymiz

    johnnymiz

    Dec 31, 2007
    neck before shaping
     

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  5. johnnymiz

    johnnymiz

    Dec 31, 2007
    body rough shaped and hollowed out; half being glued
     

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  6. johnnymiz

    johnnymiz

    Dec 31, 2007
    halves being glued together; whole body
     

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  7. johnnymiz

    johnnymiz

    Dec 31, 2007
    finished
     

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  8. Bassenstien

    Bassenstien

    Jun 13, 2006
    Mississippi
    Nice!
    I like the orange/maple look.
    How does it play/sound?
     
  9. johnnymiz

    johnnymiz

    Dec 31, 2007
    well, I honestly couldn't describe how it sounds because I can't play it. he says it sounds good...good enough that he told his little sister she could have his asat. it does sound a little different from the G&L, but I can't say more.
     
  10. Bassenstien

    Bassenstien

    Jun 13, 2006
    Mississippi
    Likes it more than his G&L.
    Must sound pretty good.
    Props, it looks good.
    Cool build.
     
  11. Choosh

    Choosh

    Jan 14, 2008
    Chicago
    I wish my dad was as cool as you.
     
  12. johnnymiz

    johnnymiz

    Dec 31, 2007
    thanks. but I'm not really cool. I've got a ton of tools and I figured I needed something to do. started out thinking I'd build an ABG...til I researched it a bit and realized it was WAY past my abilities
     
  13. Nice job, especially for building a hollow body on the first build.
     
  14. ElDunco

    ElDunco has an addiction.

    Aug 19, 2006
    Silver Spring, MD
    Employee Atomic Music Beltsville
    Simply fantastic looking!

    Would love to hear it too, anyway you could record a clip of him playing? :D
     
  15. blueskid

    blueskid

    Sep 11, 2006
    washington, dc
    will you be my dad?
     
  16. johnnymiz

    johnnymiz

    Dec 31, 2007
    thanks guys.
    i wouldnt know how to even begin to make a recording. my boy isnt in a real band...just plays a bit with his friends. but he likes playing, so i try to be supportive. he doesnt have a lot of equipment.
    i can see how this could easily become an expensive habit....all the bits i bought for it weren't cheap at all.
     
  17. stflbn

    stflbn

    May 10, 2007
    Nashville
    Yes, but custom basses sell for a lot more then a bunch of drill bits.


    :)
     
  18. johnnymiz

    johnnymiz

    Dec 31, 2007
    well, yes, they do. I did find that when I was checking out basses to buy him. some are shockingly expensive. but I am quite sure that they are worth whatever they sell for. mine sure wouldnt be worth that....but for the price of a mim fender j bass(plus a lot of hours spent in the basement), he has a handmade one with a fairly unique look and jazz pickups and electronics(i wanted the sound to be different from his G&L). it has his initials under the finish on the headstock....and, it's made by his dad. not so bad.
     
  19. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Very nice! +1 on the orange and maple being nice.
     
  20. Luke Sheridan

    Luke Sheridan Commercial User

    Dec 30, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    I build guitars and sell them. Strings, too
    Johnnymiz will make another bass. Just a prediction, but I'm sure of it. Most people can't get only one tattoo or eat just one Lays.

    Very nice.
     

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