Here's one you might have heard a million times before...

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Formula7, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. Formula7

    Formula7 Guest

    Jan 1, 2009
    Sacramento, CA
    I'm am so intrigued and fascinated by lutherie (if i spell anything wrong, forgive me. It's late and I was up early). Especially after seeing how the Noah (LB) came out (thanks for the inspiration)! Now I really want to do it. Or at least give it one shot and see how much I like it.

    I'm a man on a strict and low budget. How would anyone suggest I get started. I know this isn't a fly by night project so if the tips you give me take time and patience, I am very much willing to listen.


  2. T2W

    T2W Guest

    Feb 24, 2007
    Montreal, Canada.
    If done correctly, and you follow a plan, you can get a really decent bass for under 400$. First thing I would suggest is to buy 12$ of pine and build yourself a prototype. Im off to work but I can elaborate on the 400$ theory later. Peace
  3. Gone

    Gone Guest

    Mar 21, 2006
    Cape Town
    Jayda custom basses, builder
    You can try and get the costs down by looking for second hand parts. Maybe find a broken / donar bass for bridge, pups, etc. Otherwise ebay.
  4. Nelson Guitars

    Nelson Guitars Guest

    Aug 14, 2006
    Novato California
    Custom builder
    Resurrecting an old instrument is a time honored way to get started. You can learn many of the same lessons for little cost and without the investment in tooling required to build from scratch. You have to count not only the cost of the wood and pickups, but the tooling to shape them as well.

    Greg N
  5. Formula7

    Formula7 Guest

    Jan 1, 2009
    Sacramento, CA
    Hey. Thanks a bunch. I might look into that. Can't wait to hear the whole $400 thing. I'd love to know!