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how to become a luthier?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by steve-o, May 16, 2002.

  1. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    i am sooo into bass and i would love
    to make my own stuff.
    so how do you become a luthier?
    i would like to do this for a living!!
    any suggestions?

  2. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    It's a tough way to earn a buck, for sure. It's a good plan to do it on the side to start, and when you start to have stuff lined up, then quit your day job.

    Read "Make Your Own Electric Guitar" by Melvyn Hiscock and then start practicing and buying tools.
  3. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    what tools would you need to make a body?
    are there any plans to make a neck?
    how do you do a top (like flamed) and form it over a scuplted body? does it bend? do you steam it?
    i hae all the tools just need to know which ones so i can take them out.
    thanks i hope to be working at this soon!!!

  4. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    For a body:

    something to cut the shape (jigsaw or bandsaw)

    something to cut the neck pocket and pickup cavities (router)

    something to drill holes (drill press or hand drill)

    something for rounding over and/or shaping (chisels, spoke shave, rasps)

    and that's about it. you can, of course, do the work of a router with chisels if you like. Generally, people do not laminate over a sculpted body, they do the sculpting after laminating. If you must, using a thin top that can be heat or steam bent is the way to go.
  5. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    thanks alot!!!
    i hope to have my design on a body soon!!!
    where can i get cheap body blanks?
    i know carvin is pretty cheap.
    but i want something that looks awsome
    like a totally quilted body!!

  6. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    David King shows how he makes a neck-through bass here. Notice that last paragraph about the financials!