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JC Basses Snakewood Fretless 4

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Jeronimofesto, Aug 28, 2008.


  1. Jeronimofesto

    Jeronimofesto Luthier: JC Basses

    Oct 17, 2006
    Auburn, CA
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    4 String Fretless
    Snakewood Fretboard
    Mahogany Body (Semi-hollow)
    Claro Walnut Top with Custom "Sound Hole"
    Mahogany Set-Neck with Walnut Stringers
    Hipshot A-Style Bridge and Tuners
    Ebony Nut
    Seymour Duncan Basslines Jazz Pickups and Preamp
    All Black Hardware

    This one should take a lot longer than my last built since school is starting up next week. Oh and yes I know it has an Alembic body style. ;)
     
  2. Jeronimofesto

    Jeronimofesto Luthier: JC Basses

    Oct 17, 2006
    Auburn, CA
    I cut out the body template as well as the neck and headstock:

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  3. Marcury

    Marcury High and Low

    Aug 19, 2007
    Mid Hudson Valley, NY
    That looks like it's gonna be sweet.
     
  4. Wow, man. Even your templates are a work of art! Eager to see this one.
     
  5. rodneyat

    rodneyat

    Apr 12, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I would not say that just because it has an Omega cut that it has an Alembic body style. A number of builders have done that over the years. That fretboard is very nice. Snakewood is VERY rare and hard as a rock!
     
  6. Jeronimofesto

    Jeronimofesto Luthier: JC Basses

    Oct 17, 2006
    Auburn, CA
    I found a 2.5" thick piece of claro walnut for the top. It was very difficult to resaw something 9" tall on my bandsaw to make the bookmatched top. I needed more hp and probably a newer blade. In the end I got it a 1/4" thick and now I just have to glue it together.

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  7. Jeronimofesto

    Jeronimofesto Luthier: JC Basses

    Oct 17, 2006
    Auburn, CA
    Well I said this build would take a lot longer than my last one. I finally got to put in a full day of work.

    I glued the neck laminates together, cut the neck profile, shaped the headstock, drilled the tuner holes, made the truss rod route, made the volute and started shaping the neck. Oh and I also am letting the headstock cover dry as we speak.

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    I glued the bookmatched claro walnut top together, rough cut out the shape and glued a black veneer to the back.

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    I took off about 1/16th of an inch in thickness of the snakewood fretboard, then tapered it to its proper size. I also put in the side dot markers.

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    I then cut out the truss rod cover, have yet to inlay my "J" logo in it.

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  8. eleonn

    eleonn

    Aug 24, 2006
    Lima - PerĂº
    I thought it was going to be a mahogany neck with walnut stringers but it looks the other way on the pic.
     
  9. EclecticElectrk

    EclecticElectrk

    Aug 26, 2008
    Brooklyn
    wow it must be cool to make basses yourself. this one looks great.
     
  10. Jeronimofesto

    Jeronimofesto Luthier: JC Basses

    Oct 17, 2006
    Auburn, CA
    It was, but since the body is going to be mahogany, having the neck mahogany seemed too much. So now it has the mahogany stringers to tie in to the body.

    It is pretty cool. Thanks.
     
  11. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    From where did you get a piece of Snakewood the size of a fretboard that isn't checking?

    Wow!

    Bass wishes,
    Mike
     
  12. Jeronimofesto

    Jeronimofesto Luthier: JC Basses

    Oct 17, 2006
    Auburn, CA
    I have had it a few years, I want to say I found it on eBay. It was nearly $300 though. So I really don't think it is worth it. Probably the last time I use it.
     
  13. Jeronimofesto

    Jeronimofesto Luthier: JC Basses

    Oct 17, 2006
    Auburn, CA
    I spent a couple hours working on the body this morning. I finished almost all the routing except for the control cavity area.

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    Here are a couple pictures of the body with the top sitting on it.

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    All the wood and the bridge.

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  14. EclecticElectrk

    EclecticElectrk

    Aug 26, 2008
    Brooklyn
    looks like its coming along nicely.
     
  15. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    VERY nice!
     
  16. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
  17. very nice looking. how do you plan on finishing it? to me it seems like a great place to use an oiled finish. opened grained woods like mahogany and walnut look and feel exceptional with an oiled finish imo.
     
  18. Jeronimofesto

    Jeronimofesto Luthier: JC Basses

    Oct 17, 2006
    Auburn, CA
    You read my mind, oil and wax for sure. Easiest to apply and best looking in my opinion.
     
  19. Mazatleco17

    Mazatleco17

    Mar 27, 2008
    Awesome, wish I knew how to make bass guitars.
     
  20. envika

    envika

    Nov 27, 2007
    Bronx, NY
    oh man that thing is beautiful, you've got skill dude
     

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