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J bass neck-thru build………

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by dremy2006, Oct 19, 2010.


  1. dremy2006

    dremy2006 Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2008
    Miami Gardens, Fl
    I wanted a J bass… but something a lil different so… here I go…..


    Spec(s)
    4 string (E-A-D-G)
    34” scale length
    ¼” nut – end of FB
    20 jumbo frets
    Chrome / purple hardware
    Mexican bocote FB
    Maple/padauk/zebrawood neck……
    Flame maple top…
    Have not decided on the core wood yet...either poplar or walnut
    Nordy…big split pickups
    3 band preamp
     
  2. psychotiger

    psychotiger

    Feb 24, 2008
    Austin, Texas
    Builder: Moore Custom Guitars
    Been thinking of the same neck-through J bass concept. Looking forward to seeing yours come together - subbed!
     
  3. YES YES YES
     
  4. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Inactive

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    Poplar would be a sin in that line-up. [DEL]And also be careful about the Zebrano; it can move in service if you don't know how to read it.[/DEL] That center stripe will be fine. :)
     
  5. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    Why would Poplar be a sin??? Poplar is a great wood to work with, and in this world of going lightweight, it is as durable as alder, better looking than alder and lighter. It works much like swamp ash without all of the massive filling issues, and is also stronger, so I am missing the problem. Maybe just a difference of opinion.;)
     
  6. dremy2006

    dremy2006 Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2008
    Miami Gardens, Fl
    .... thanks Mike... but to late with the zebra.. I already have the neck glued up...FB too......will B posting pic(s) soon.....
     
  7. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Inactive

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    If it's being painted, then no problem. But if it is being left natural then the dull brown to which it ages will look horrible against the Maple and Bocote; and especially against the neck woods as they age.

    Poplar is a fine wood for drawers and any surface that will never be seen. :eek: ;)
     
  8. dremy2006

    dremy2006 Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2008
    Miami Gardens, Fl
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    maple/padauk/maple/zebrawood/maple/padauk/maple



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    bocote FB


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    truss rod in.....


    ...and if I go with walnut, it will B PERUVIAN WALNUT..



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    I just had to.............................S/C neck thru that I just finished.....​


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    ....***** I'll go with smaller pic(s) on next load......**smilin**
     
  9. Subbed! This is gonna be a rather interesting build.

    Liam
     
  10. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    Difference of opinion...Under clear only, it's subjective to the viewer, under amber or other colored stains and bursts basically richens the color over time, which I like but then again I think Alder should be relegated to drawer boxes and subfloors...LOL
     
  11. dremy2006

    dremy2006 Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2008
    Miami Gardens, Fl
    Fingerboard glued on, rough shape of neck…..

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    ...also...Bartolini 4.6 A/P Preamp.... is what I'm going with...
     
  12. dremy2006

    dremy2006 Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2008
    Miami Gardens, Fl
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    I was to lazy to go to the lumebr yard and get 1 ¾” of poplar so I went to Home Depot…

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    Mock up…………….

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    Ready for gluing…….

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  13. nice, you do very nice work and quickly too! The only thing that still bugs me is the headstock's shape.

    :bassist:
     
  14. dremy2006

    dremy2006 Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2008
    Miami Gardens, Fl
    ***smilin*** its that that far off from the traditional Jazz style headstock….unless you don’t like it, then I can understand….I love it…!!! (‘cuz I design it myself) :bassist:
     
  15. BassCycle

    BassCycle

    Jan 6, 2006
    Temecula, CA
    Builder: Classic Bass Works
    SUBBED!!!!!! Looking great in a hurry!
     
  16. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    Very Cool David, looks sweet
     
  17. dremy2006

    dremy2006 Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2008
    Miami Gardens, Fl
    .chrome/purple hardware...

    .pickup cavity routed..

    .control cavity routed

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    :hyper::bassist::hyper:
     
  18. Spraeg

    Spraeg

    May 13, 2010
    Chicago
    Once again, man, absolutely beautiful work. I always admire what you do, aesthetically and practically. Are you going to do a straight gloss finish, or are you going to dye the top to match/offset the purple hardware?
     
  19. BassCycle

    BassCycle

    Jan 6, 2006
    Temecula, CA
    Builder: Classic Bass Works
    Likin it!!!!!!!!!!
     
  20. psychotiger

    psychotiger

    Feb 24, 2008
    Austin, Texas
    Builder: Moore Custom Guitars
    So sweet, I'm gettin' chubby!
     

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