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Help I don't know where to start

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by achangeltbird, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. achangeltbird


    May 18, 2011
    Hi, I have planned to build a neck thru bass, This will be my first build and have no idea where to start. Such as what thickness the laminates would be and how big a piece of mahogany do I need to get for the wings, where do I get the materials and plans from. Any help would be great Thanks
    The plan for the bass would be:
    7 ply neck thru four string bass paduak ebony
    or maple and purple heart lams with
    mahogany wings with a flamed maple top.
    Jazz bass with duel action truss rod two carbon fiber rod for stability.
    badass three bridge
    string thru
    with a emg j v set
    and hip-shot d tuner with
    gotoh GB707.
    Thanks for any help
  2. MPU


    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
  3. Dave Higham

    Dave Higham

    Dec 19, 2005
    +1 I just said more or less the same thing, on the thread above.
  4. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    knowing the measures and calculations of the instrument you want to build is critical to even drawing a successful design. If you know nothing other than a parts list you need to do some intensive studying before embarking on a money pit.

    Melvyn Hiscocks book as listed above, and Martin Koch's books are invaluable for a beginner to get a grasp on the basics of what is required in making an instrument successfully, and probably $35 that will save you hundreds when you get started.
  5. Seph Cameron

    Seph Cameron

    Jan 17, 2012
    Stroud, UK
    Bloody hell, it seems every thread I read this is relevant. Don't mean to keep plugging it but here -
    Making a Through-Neck Bass Guitar From Scratch
    Not entirely correct, but a decent starting point to get you thinking in the right directions. Also, as has been said, read a book. Books are longer than instructables and go into waaay more detail. Stuff I left out for instance because I thought it was obvious may not be to someone who hasn't researched it properly.
  6. achangeltbird


    May 18, 2011
    Thanks all, I have just ordered the book. That will hope ully fill in some gaps.

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