Maiden fretless

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by bas_anton, Jan 24, 2021.


  1. Time for my third DIY bass. Every bass I've made has been a new challenge. First time was just being able to build a bass. You can read about it here.

    Second bass was a shortcale neckthrough singlecut

    My third attempt will be a fretless bass with the following specs.
    • 4 string
    • Wenge neck
    • Ebony fretboard & headplate
    • Alder body -probably painted with milkpaint
    • Chrome hardware from gotoh
    • Seymour Duncan pickups. Apollo jazz neck and musicman bridge pickup
    • Buffer/blend preamp from Richter. Volume - Blend - Tone
    I will be using the templates from my first build. So essentially a Monarch body shape with more contours than my first bass.

    I started with the logo made of brass and ebony. My initials A & O.
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    Here it is on the neck blank made of wenge.

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  2. Got some more work done today. Trussrod channel and access hole done.
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    If you think the channel looks somewhat off center. No problem. The headolate accidentely moved off center when glueing. So I compensate with a new centerline since I need the full width of the headplate.
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  3. FretsAreFor

    FretsAreFor

    Apr 26, 2017
    Fretless?? Wenge!?? SNAP-SUB, Looking forward to seeing this take shape!
     
  4. The logo is made of brass and ebony. This was the beginning of the project. I had a scrap piece of ebony which I glues to a piece of wood and mounted it in the lathe.
    The "A" is made from 2mm brass. Here it is test fitted in mahogany IMG_20201029_085116_728.jpg 20201027_222622.jpg
     
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  5. Yesterday I cut the rough shape of the neck with the bandsaw
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    The onto neck template and router
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    And done 20210202_095120.jpg

    Next up logo
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  6. Fretboard coming up
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    Waiting for the router.
     
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  7. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Good stuff.

    Glad to see the apprentice is engaged :)
     
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  8. Today I made a simple jig for radiusing the fretboard using a sandingblock.
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  9. Body made of alder
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  10. Without any shaping or routing on body or neck this is the combined weight
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    And here is the hardware
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    Weight of it all
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    Maybe the final weight will be around 4,1-4,2 kg?
     
  11. Slidlow

    Slidlow The Human CNC Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2009
    Oshawa, Canada
  12. The neck is on the scale under the body
     
  13. Slidlow

    Slidlow The Human CNC Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2009
    Oshawa, Canada
    Very good:thumbsup:!
     
  14. Starting with the side dots. Made a simple jig. 2mm brass wire for the dots at 1, 3, 5, 7 ,9 ,15, 17, 19, 21 fret. Three dots 2-4-2mm at 12th fret.
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  15. I've joined the crowd.
     
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    Last night i radiused the fingerboard.
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  17. Side dots made of brass.
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  18. I like the 12th fret marker. I call it "planet dots".
     
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  19. There's only one knot in the body. I guess i know where to put the ekectrosocket jack:laugh:
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    Is there some kind of drillbit that is better than others to use when drilling in a knot?
     
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  20. Subd’
    Nice!
     
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