How many of you have made your own bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rollo47, May 29, 2003.


  1. rollo47

    rollo47 Wraggotry in Motion

    Nov 12, 2002
    Perth, Australia
    Ok, I wanna know how many of you have made your own basses. Include pics, specs, sound clips, whatever you like. I love home-made basses.
     
  2. wiggleworm

    wiggleworm

    May 29, 2003
    I made a bass from warmoth parts... it's got an extra wide 5 string neck, which I ripped the frets out of, an adler jazz bass body with a flame koa top, one lane poor humbucking pickup, and no preamp or knobs!

    it is such a sweet bass... I have other, non-homemade basses too, but in the band I'm in now I only use the warmoth.

    yummy
     
  3. tyson

    tyson

    Feb 9, 2000
    Dallas, TX
    body-MightyMite sunburst P-type
    neck-MightyMite maple/maple P-type
    bridge-Fender vintage
    tuning machines-Schaller BMFL chrome
    pickup-Seymour Duncan SPB-1 "Vintage for P-Bass"
    pick guard-pearloid (wish i had a tortoise one)
    knobs-1 volume, NO tone control

    i had to line the cavity with copper tape to reduce the electrical buzz, especially without the tone control in my buddy's flourescent-lit garage. it has a very sweet tone now. i have other basses including a MIA Fender Jazz but this is my work horse. i don't feel like i have to baby it so it get lots of use and it travels without too much worry since i got a hardcase for it too. i put some ugly stickers on it so i'm embarrassed to post picturs of it.
    i don't think my workmanship is any better than a MIM Fender but they don't come with a maple/maple neck or those cool vintage tuning machines... to get the same specs in a MIA Fender is ~$700+...kinda expensive for a klutz like me who'll invariably start dinging it on day one.
    putting it together is kinda like putting together your own computer, it's a great learning experience and really forced me to learn what was out there...
     
  4. Zon Bass

    Zon Bass

    Jan 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX
    I am still in the process of building my 6 string fretless.

    Neck: 5 piece maple/purpleheart neckthru, Macassar headstock laminate
    Body: Mahogany with Macassar ebony tops and backs
    Fingerboard: Gaboon Ebony, unlined fretless
    Electronics: Lightwaves
    Knobs: Probably make my own from African Blackwood
    Tuning machines: Gotoh (black)
     
  5. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    parts Jazz bass...

    - USA Custom 1 piece, lightweight swamp ash
    - USA Custom maple/maple board jazz neck satin on the back, gloss on the fingerboard
    - Dimarzio Ultra Jazz
    - J-Retro preamp
    - Leo Quan BadAss II bridge
    - Hipshot Ultralite tuners
    - brass nut
    - Labella Slappers nickel roundwoud 45-105

    its prolly my fav bass as of now, and i'd be hard pressed to look at any other jbass... even that venerable Sadowsky...

    :bag:
     
  6. Skerik1

    Skerik1

    Sep 21, 2002
    Saint Paul, MN
    I made a bass out of a 2x4, some spare parts from my old Squire P-Bass, and a Pearl cymbal stand. It had two strings on it. It was great fun. I used some EMG-P pickups (that I also go from my old p-bass) and it sounded huge.

    --Matthew
     
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Valenti P/J bass:
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=75849

    Valenti Koa Jazz:
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=85429

    Valenti Stealth Jazz:
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=72838

    Warmoth Gecko:
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=44029

    Warmoth 70's Jazz:
    -Full:
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=552868">
    -body:
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=825198">

    Warmoth Deluxe 5:
    -Full
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=820571">
     
  8. Tim Barber

    Tim Barber Commercial User

    Apr 28, 2003
    Serenity Valley
    Owner: Barber Music
    I made both of my current basses. Primary one is a scratch-built neck-thru fretted 34", P/J DiMarzio pups, BadAss bridge. Neck is maple & walnut w/ ebony FB, body is walnut with redwood burl front & back. The other bass is a "rescue" project: it's a no-name 30.5" scale with a sort of Les Paul shaped body that someone had tried to de-fret and butchered up beyond belief. I bought it for $20, recut the body and headstock, added an Imbuya top, inlaid position lines, new bridge, EMG jazz pup and a set of Fender tapewound strings. Now it looks pretty cute ;)

    I'll try to take some pics next time I can borrow a camera.
     
  9. I made a 4 string fretless from lumber and a P/J fretted from Warmoth. The fretless was challenge to myself to see if I could figure it out and do a decent job. It is a 5 piece neckthru with a Pau Ferro fretboard. It has a mahogany body, walnut middle and quilted maple top. Passive electronics. It sounds okay. I learned enough to know how I would do many things differently if I were to do it again. Most importantly, I learned to leave bass building to experts!

    Jeff
     
  10. Skorzen

    Skorzen

    Mar 15, 2002
    Springfield MA
    I have built two so far a five string fretted and a five string fretless. The fretted bas bartolini pups, gotoh tuners, and shaller bridge. with a bubinga top and wlnut back. the neck is a five piece maple walnut ipe walnut maple neck throgh. The fretless is a figured cherry topped with a maple and paduak body. the neck is paduak, purple heart, maple, purple heart, paduak. It has custom shop parts hardware and EMG J pups.
     
  11. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2000
    Minneapolis by way of Chicago
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    Well, you asked for it. - here it is...

    Lined fretless 5 string, zebrawood body, ziricote/maple neck-through with an ebony fingerboard, 24k gold hardware, EMG J-style pickups with 18V 3 band EQ, matched wood control cavity and truss covers, ergonomically designed and balanced for maximum player comfort.
     
  12. Nino:
    I really dig the basses you've made. I especially like the koa, stealth and the 70's jazz. Love the jazz look! :D I saw the koa up on ebay, and would have gone for it if i had the cash.

    I was thinking about trying to build one on my own with parts from warmouth. But I'm a lazy ass and I don't have the experience.

    Anyway!!!!I've been entertaining thoughts of having my next bass custom built for me by a luther of the highest quality such as yourself. Is that possible for you in the hopefully near future? I love the look of that Valenti logo on the headstock!
     
  13. kboyd

    kboyd

    Jul 6, 2002
    Loranger
    I only have a couple of pics here and have been posted before. Two more coming out in july. One with a bubinga top and another with a birdseye redwood top. I can't find most of my pics but here is a burl myrtle top 5.
     
  14. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    Nino-
    I love that bass, It has Sadowsky alllll over it :D
     
  15. mikgag

    mikgag Guest

    Mar 25, 2002
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  16. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    If you're interested im me building a bass, drop me a line at ninobrown906@yahoo.com with your specs & I'll give you a rough price. I'd prefer to use Warmoth parts.
     
  17. Tim Barber

    Tim Barber Commercial User

    Apr 28, 2003
    Serenity Valley
    Owner: Barber Music
    Ok, here are my two that I talked about in my previous post.

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