lucky Breakthrough to sidestep rules...

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Greg Johnsen, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. Greg Johnsen

    Greg Johnsen

    May 1, 2005
    Hickory NC
    As some of you know, my parents are very anti-me-building-a-bass. This has made me quite angry because they aren't letting me do something I'm passionate about, and because it'd be a great learning experience.

    I have found a way to bypass their rules, thanks to my highschool TAG classes/seminars.

    In my school, we have something called a directed study. In this class, we can pick any subject, including hobies, to study and learn about. In these classes however, you have to do projects. I will do a directed study in my junior year (now I'm a freshman...) so I have plenty of time to plan. This will qualitfy for a D.S. because of the following reasons:

    Designing the bass-art
    Getting string spacing, locating frets for a scale-math
    Technology of the pickups-science
    reading about how to build, learning about the parts, etc.-lit

    Therefore, building a bass is educational, and the best part about it is, I get to keep it.

    I have to spend my own money on it, and by the time I'm a junior, my parents will probably have lightened up a bit, and will see the light noticing that building a bass isn't a totally stupid idea or a waste of time.

    I can probably get the wood I need from Gallary Hardwoods (great selection, and I've heard alot of great things), I can purchase the other parts easily off the internet, and designing the bass will be a fun task for me because I love to draw basses (it's how I spend my day during my lunch, and math class).

    6 strings
    34 inch scale
    2 trussrods
    Bartolini soapbars
    Aguilar OBP-3
    Gotoh sealed tuners
    Hipshot A style bridge
    Gotoh straplocks
    Mahagony body 1 1/2" thick
    Birds eye maple front
    5 piece neck Maple/mahagony/purpleheart/mahogony/maple
    24 frets
    Birds eye maple fretboard
    Birds eye maple knobs

    Think I want enough birdseye maple? :eyebrow:

    that's about it, I've been drawing up some stuff and I found a design I really liked. If I figure out how to use the scanner we have I'll get it up so you guy's can point out the flaws it has if any.

    Hambone, What was the formula you said to use to correctly place everything on a scaled down drawing? I think it started wit like a 6 inch line, then some other stuff...


  2. Fasoldt Basses

    Fasoldt Basses

    Mar 22, 2005
    Stevens Point, WI
    Karl Thompson, Builder (Formerly Fat Karl)
    Now you've just got to get your school to pay for all the parts. :) Sounds like it'll be a fun project.
  3. Greg Johnsen

    Greg Johnsen

    May 1, 2005
    Hickory NC
    lol, my school fund a project like this...ha.

    I'll be paying for all of this myself, and I will also be purchasing the toos as well. I have a dremel, but I might buy a smll router or a thing to use the dremel as a router. I don't care about sanding, I can do that whenever.

    I will purchase most of the tools frommy local home dept, which is only 2 miles away.Also, hambone is only 30-45 minutes away so if I run into trouble, I might be able to ask him for assistance.

  4. callmeMrThumbs

    callmeMrThumbs Guest

    Oct 6, 2005
    Omaha, NE
    lucky... :scowl: ...hehe. Good luck with your project! Um...I guess it'll be a while before you get pictures up...but don't forget to! hehe...
  5. JSPguitars


    Jan 12, 2004
    Grass Valley
    Go pound on Hammy's workshop door real loud and give him a big scare for all of us! :D
  6. Hookus


    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    And just so you know, Atlanta is the birthplace of Home Depot...

    Go in and ask the tool associate if he has any tools that have been returned that he would be willing to mark down for you.
  7. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    Ah, poor Hambone, it's hard work being respected around TB eh?
  8. my susgestion for that bass would be to make it a 35" scale. unless you are tuning it EADGCF

  9. Greg Johnsen

    Greg Johnsen

    May 1, 2005
    Hickory NC
    nah, I like 34" scale, and I'm going to do it string through for extra tension. I have a 34" 6er right now and it's fine, I don't understand the floppiness thing....

  10. Fasoldt Basses

    Fasoldt Basses

    Mar 22, 2005
    Stevens Point, WI
    Karl Thompson, Builder (Formerly Fat Karl)
    A string-through design won't increase tension... there still needs to be the same amount of string between the bridge and the nut. Personally I'd make it a little longer than 34" but, again, it's up to you. My last bass was a 35" 5-string and the adjustment to 35" from a 34" was not difficult at all. But if you think you can pull 34" off, go for it.