Look what I've got!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ebozzz, Nov 13, 2001.

  1. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    I picked up this project bass on eBay and I need some ideas as to how I would complete it. It's designed for one pickup and the controls would be volume and tone. I'm trying to decide if I want to let the person that designed it complete it or find someone locally to do it.

    I'm still trying to get a lot of the specifics from the builder as to what ideas he had for it's components. It kind of sounds like he would like to see it through completion. I'm not opposed to that but I've yet to get enough information from him for me to purchase adequate parts for this bass. The parts would be my responsibility.

    I'm finding it very hard to figure out what I'm going to need to finish this thing. From looking at it I can't tell what size bridge would be appropriate. It looks as if it will need a nut and some fret work will have to be done. Of course I would also need the pickup, controls/potentiometers, tuners and anything else that I may have missed.

    Someone on the forum pointed this out and I think that it will be fun to do. Especially if it turns out nice. Here it is. Tell me what you think.

    I know that it's hard to tell just from the pictures but what potential difficulties do any of you forsee? Also where is a good source for parts? Thanks.
  2. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    One might say "Can't go wrong for $46", but...


    Good luck. You'll need it.
  3. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    I'll second that!

    Without knowing anything more about it, it's pretty tough to say what I would do.
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Oak, eh? I'll bet that it's pretty heavy.
  5. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Embellisher, only the fretboard is oak. I still have to nail him down as to what the body is made out of. If it does turn out to be really heavy but workable, I'll just use it around the house while I'm watching TV, etc.

    Ryan and Angus, you're right. For $46.00 though, I said that I would at least give it shot. I've wasted more on things that were even crazier. It might turn out to be fine and it could turn out to be expensive firewood!:D

    I'm leaning at this point to just paying the $46.00 plus the $18.00 shipping and getting it here to me. Once I have it in my hands, I'll be able to see exactly what will be needed or if it's worth even trying. Shoot, it may even look nice wall-mounted! ;)

    Alright, can I just get a moment of silence before I begin this endeavor. Wish me luck! If anyone is interested, I'll update when I have more to share.
    Thanks for the replies.
  6. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Oak has about the same density as swamp ash, slightly heavier than walnut and soft maple, and clearly lighter than ash and hard maple!
    Being stiffer and lighter than hard maple makes it an interesting neck wood. Its similarity to ash makes it an interesting body wood. Its record as fingerboard material is "the optimal blend between ebony and rosewood", for fretted boards (too soft for unfretted).
  7. David-Adler


    Feb 28, 2001
    Bonn, Germany

    looks very... interesting... so you have to cut a bit here and there, right ?

  8. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Hi David,

    I haven't received it yet. I was contemplating whether I wanted to let the gentleman who made it finish the work or if I should find someone in my area to do it. If I can find someone locally, I may even be able to do part of the work myself to cut down on the cost and learn a little something. For the moment, all I have is the pictures.

    Yeah, I think that I've decided to go ahead and have him ship the body. I'll decide what to do after I get receive it. Hopefully the pictures are just bad and it comes in better than I expect.