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I built my first bass!

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by LowendinFL, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. Hey everyone. Thanks to the inspiration of this site I decided to try my hand at building my own bass. I wasn't sure how it would go and how long it would take so I hesitated to post pics until now. I didn't want to start a thread and show progress just to find out that bass building isn't for me! So now that its 95% finished and plays and sounds awesome I figured its time to share it with everyone here! It will also be my first time using an outside image hosting source so I hope that goes well also.

    Here are some specs on the bass: 32 scale, 29 frets (yes, 29), spalted alder body, mahogany/maple neck, cheap tuners and bridge, EMG 35DC p/u, EMG btc EQ. It has a black bone nut. For strings I used Dean Markley blue steels. Most of the major componants I found on "the bay". The rest of the little stuff I got from either StuMac or LMii.

    I bought very limited tools, because I didn't want to invest much if I didn't decide to build more or was unsuccessful. I did by a band saw at a garage sale for $40! Also a drill press for $50. Also assorted hand tools from various sources.

    Now lets see if I get the pics right...
  2. Here is some more progress:

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  5. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Based on the headstock design and the rear route cover, I'm going to suspect that you're a fan of:

    a) Wal basses

    b) bassball

  6. Well the headstock was supposed to be a little longer but didn't work out that way. I was just going for a 2 + 2 thing. I suppose i had a Wal/CT thing in my head. But the baseball thing... I never really thought about that. But I see it now.
  7. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks I build Grosbeak Guitars and Basses Commercial User

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    Grosbeak Guitars
    Nicely done!
  8. MN_Bass

    MN_Bass Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2008
    Great Job!
  9. selowitch

    selowitch Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    Can you make me one?

    Sound clips, please!
  10. Thanks! I'm contemplating #2 already! I think I'll give a neck thru a try possibly.
  11. 4-Bang'er

    4-Bang'er Guest

    Oct 3, 2006
    Love what U have created here! -2+2 type headstock! Luv that-I hate pointy ugly headstocks so many high end basses seem to have these days. Gr8 work pal!
  12. selowich, I can make you one! I don't know if I have the means to record a quality sound clip... But I will try!
  13. I think it turned out beautiful bro!
  14. Thanks! The headstock ended up a little shorter than I originally wanted, due to my first scarf joint (mis)calculations, but I have learned so much from this first build!
  15. BassCycle


    Jan 6, 2006
    Temecula, CA
    Builder: Classic Bass Works
    Well done! Of course you know, you are now addicted to building basses. You'll never have to buy another bass.
  16. Looks great!! Its different looking but I like it a lot! I also built my current main bass which is what I like. Now nobody in the world has a bass quite like yours. :)
  17. I think you are right. I started planning my next one before I finished this one! Before building this my main bass was a Stingray, now it just sits lonely in its case...lol. Dare I say I like the sound and feel of this one even more than my Stingray. I'm sure it will get played again soon, but for now it gets a break!
  18. How often do you really get up on that 20+ fret zone?
  19. I dont really. Just thought, what the heck. My other basses mostly have less than 24, but I figured maybe I would get over my fear of the upper frets if I had more than I needed at my reach!
  20. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Very nice looking! Can't wait to see the next one. :bassist:

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