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How thin can you go?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Worshiper, Oct 17, 2004.

  1. Worshiper


    Aug 13, 2004
    New York
    When making a body i know that the standard is 2 inches thick, but what is the thinnest you can safely go before you run into trouble?
  2. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    I think you will find the standard to be 1-5/8" to 1-3/4"....t
  3. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    It really depends on your total design, neck pocket/joint etc. We make our current Basses finished at 1.5" for both Neck-thru and Bolt-on. We have done 1 5/8", 1/3/4" and 1 7/8" in the past. Each thickness had a reason for one thing or another. It was no accident that we made these different sizes.

    Tone and weight may vary as well but components and angles are equally important as well.
  4. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    Consider the Parker guitar, it is easily less than 1".
  5. Scott French

    Scott French Dude

    May 12, 2004
    Grass Valley, CA
    I would say as thin as you want until your pickups and hardware mounting screws are coming out the other side. I built a guitar @ 1.25" and that was just about on the border for me. 1.5" is the standard for my flat top/back basses. The carved ones are different.
  6. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    My first bass was only 3/4" for most of the body.
    Made a very light bass! I use 1 and 1/2" now for most things, though
    I've made a couple of hollowed out basses that were 2 and 1/4".