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My first bass build at American School of Lutherie

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by slowburnaz, Feb 14, 2018.


  1. slowburnaz

    slowburnaz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    20180211_154003.jpg 20180211_175310.jpg 20180211_105729.jpg Charles Fox is the instructor, and Paul "Pablo" Bristow is also there in class to assist.

    The bass is going to be pretty simple... mahogany body, maple neck, ebony fingerboard. 4 string, with my own handwound sidewinders, wired up to 2 volumes and one tone.

    Neck will have the standard Fender Jazz Bass neck dimensions, for the most part, but I'll likely give it the Geddy Lee bass treatment when it comes to thickness.

    DAY 1:

    Sketching out the body...
     
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  2. slowburnaz

    slowburnaz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    DAY 2:

    Body's all figured out and rough cut.

    Then some initial shaping being done, and cavities routed and shielded.

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  3. slowburnaz

    slowburnaz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    DAY 3:

    Neck day!

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  4. kris pung

    kris pung

    Jul 25, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    WOW I really like where this is going.
     
  5. BassAndReeds

    BassAndReeds

    Oct 7, 2016
    Cool stuff
     
  6. slowburnaz

    slowburnaz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    DAY 4:

    Neck day part 2

    Today we cut out the headstock, started shaping the transition from neck to headstock, and also routed the neck pocket.

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  7. BurnOut

    BurnOut It's The Billy Baloney Show

    Feb 1, 2015
    The Natti
    I really like how you profiled the neck with the router. Makes me not so scared to give that a try.
    Nice looking bass you've made there, keep up the good work.
     
  8. slowburnaz

    slowburnaz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    It sure makes for less work! Gives you a great starting point for a D or C shape.
     
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  9. BurnOut

    BurnOut It's The Billy Baloney Show

    Feb 1, 2015
    The Natti
    Seems a much better way than Ye Ole Spoke Shave. I'm all about symmetry, it seems perfect for that.
     
  10. chinjazz

    chinjazz Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2002
    Atlantic Beach, FL
    Awesome! Love the body shape and that long neck pocket!
     
  11. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    You really can't go wrong with a Bob Ross T shirt, its just showers sunshine and afros on any endeavor. Some cool jigs they got there! That neck pocket taper jig alone is worth copying. Nothing like that school in my area, I'd have saved a lot of sawdust with a little pro instruction. I went to the Youtube School of Luthiery, kinda sketchy. The bass is coming along nicely!
     
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  12. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Sooooooo true. I need to spend two months just making jigs...
     
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  13. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Was the neck done with router or shaper ? I’ve seen some big “D” shaper profiles, I guess you’d need at least 1/2” shank in a powerful router. Panel cove bits? I remember somebody on TB tried that with mixed results.
     
  14. slowburnaz

    slowburnaz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    That initial shape was done with a 3/4" radius router bit on a table router.
     
  15. slowburnaz

    slowburnaz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    Charles is the jig master!

    He's got SO many jigs. Probably has a jig to make his coffee in the morning.
     
  16. slowburnaz

    slowburnaz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    Thanks!

    The neck pocket will be trimmed down soon... it was left long like that so that a registration pin could be inserted at the end for use in the neck pocket jig.
     
  17. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Photograph the snot out of all the jigs, you can build them for your own shop later.
     
  18. slowburnaz

    slowburnaz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    DAY 5:

    Installing the frets and joining neck to body...

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  19. slowburnaz

    slowburnaz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    DAY 6

    Hardware day... and nut installation day.


    Didn't get much in the way of pictures today, as I was really busy dealing with some issues. The fretboard lifted up in a small spot, so I had to address that. The nut slot wasn't flat. Had a couple frets that needed to be ripped out and new ones reinstalled, leveled, dressed, and polished.

    Anyways, got the strings put on and the nut almost fully done. Will be installing the electronics tomorrow, and wrapping everything up.

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  20. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Do they use a neck jig of any type to simulate string tension?
     
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