Jazz bass round two

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Benberg, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. Benberg

    Benberg Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2011
    Before I made a Jazz bass body for my old G&L neck, painted it black and had gold hardware. The body was alder, but didn't trim it down, (it's close to 2inchs thick) which made it really heavy! this time I'm gonna use basswood

    I wanted to make my own bass (neck and body) so here it is!

    ebony fingerboard from lmii

    facings I was going to use

    testing for making the neck

    neck wood I got from a local wood store for $80 (enough for two basses and two guitars)

    Don't have any fancy tools like some of the builders here, just a 20 y/o trying it out!

    copied my G&L neck, changed headstock

    cut out n stuff

    two bass necks ready to use, still enough wood for two guitar necks!


    the cut for the truss rod is a little off center :meh: (not that big of a deal, but its off by a 2-3 mm)

    gluing the fingerboard

    working on the back of the neck!

    glued that facings onto the wood

    facings and neck


    ok, so the facings we got from a person who got leftovers from warmoth for ~$5 per set

    The glue on one side of the facings didn't glue right, was able to salvage it, but it glued wrong again! it became unusable :bawl:

    BUT! we had some nice spalted maple that looks really nice! has some flame and quilt in it too~

    didn't get pictures for gluing the facings on (both times for flame and spalted)

    gluing both halves together

    didn't get any of the cutting process of the body :scowl:

    body cut out and on a chair in the sun

    cut the neck pocket and contour/round edges done (pics soon!)
  2. That's a pretty sweet spalt top!
  3. Benberg

    Benberg Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2011
    some more!

    found one of when the body was routed

    another shot before it got its curves

    ~missing quite a few steps, just a lot of sanding~

    got the neck in and have the body contoured!


    back shot of it, you can see the neck wasn't finished when the picture was taken

    i finished the sanding on the neck today, won't be working on it again until sometime next week
  4. Benberg

    Benberg Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2011
    oh yeah, the wood is from the same piece, but it's two different shades, thought that was humorous
  5. Benberg

    Benberg Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2011

    got it all ready to have a nut installed, should be done by next wednesday!
  6. Sweet! I'm a huge fan of spalted wood. I just sold my previous spalt top presicion bass so I have to make a new one :D What's your choice for treatment?
  7. uselessbass


    Jul 28, 2013
    sandy, Ore
    That is really cool man
  8. Konquest


    Aug 26, 2003
    Great looking top. Some kind of in the wood oil finish under the clear coat will really pop both the neck and the top.
  9. Benberg

    Benberg Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2011
    it was either treated before i got it, or it didn't need it. this maple is rock hard, took a crazy amount of time to sand it and then buff out the scratches left behind
  10. Benberg

    Benberg Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2011
    haven't posted in a bit, here the most recent!



  11. silvertripper


    Mar 12, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Sub'd! Awesome build man, your hard work looks great! I love the top! Good job!
  12. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Benberg, your bass is looking fantastic. Great work!
  13. Benberg

    Benberg Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2011
    Wow, been over a month since I last posted... Well I finished it on the weekend, needs some more work on fret sanding though, major buzz :c

    here are some crappy phone pics, I'll take some better pics with the camera when there's some daybreak around



    Used rattle can lacquer and wet sand to bring it smooth, then used a metal polish from hawaii (thanks to a friend) to clean it up, best feeling polish I've had!
  14. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Wow, what a looker. Nice job!
  15. lbridenstine


    Jun 25, 2012
    That top looks amazing.
  16. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Flamey goodness! Love the body chamfers too.

    How'd the final weight come out?
  17. Benberg

    Benberg Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2011
    suppperrr light:

    bathroom scale said 8.4lbs
  18. Benberg

    Benberg Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2011
    here are some higher def pictures

    back of the bass

    grain of the neck

    body shot
  19. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    Nice work, thanks for sharing. That's a cute avatar picture, though it's unfortunate my 6 year old just saw it too - right in time for christmas. She's now in the other room writing to Santa and just called out "dad, how do you spell 'chihuahua in a hoodie'?" :D

  20. Benberg

    Benberg Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2011
    no problem friend!