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


    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.

  3. 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


    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...

  6. 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.

  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Valenti P/J bass:

    Valenti Koa Jazz:

    Valenti Stealth Jazz:

    Warmoth Gecko:

    Warmoth 70's Jazz:
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    Warmoth Deluxe 5:
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  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!

  10. 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


    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


    Jul 6, 2002
    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.
    I love that bass, It has Sadowsky alllll over it :D
  15. mikgag

    mikgag Guest

    Mar 25, 2002
  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 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.