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My first build was a Rebel Bass

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by WalterBush, Jul 25, 2017.


  1. WalterBush

    WalterBush

    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
    Hello! A few years back I saw the whole "I Found the Rebel Bass" meme that was going around, and decided I wanted one. They're not exactly easy to come by so I started turning my beloved childhood toy into a functioning five string bass. Five years later, she's complete and just got dropped off with a guy who specializes in wargames, miniatures, and model painting. I'll get her back in about a month, but for grins here's a few photos (no soundclips, but she sounds enormous!). If there's interest, I'll be happy to post more photos while I'm waiting for the finished product; Lord knows I would have loved a few more photos of the original to go off while I was fumbling my way around building her!

    Warmoth jazz V neck, mahogany body under all the 70s polystyrene, and (mostly) Fender American hardware and electronics. I probably should have launched my building career with something simple, like a P bass, but hey, she sounds good and looks great so I have few regrets. Anyway, pics:
     

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  2. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    Super awesome... absolutely love it... :D
     
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  3. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    That's terrific!
     
  4. William Shafer

    William Shafer

    Apr 25, 2017
    Denver
    Not my cup-o-tea but the dedication and attention to detail is impressive. Nice first build!
     
  5. I-Am-The-Slime

    I-Am-The-Slime

    Jan 8, 2010
    SW VA
    Cool! Got any pix of the build process?
     
  6. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    This is awesome!
     
  7. Cool. Definitely pics of the build process, if you have any.
     
  8. WalterBush

    WalterBush

    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
    I've got tons. I'll be happy to post them as time allows this evening.
     
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  9. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly

    Mar 20, 2015
    Chicago
    I hope you start every song with "Okay, Chewie... Punch it!"
     
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  10. WalterBush

    WalterBush

    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
    Sorry for the delay; this build took so long I had to hunt down and reboot my old iPhone to get some of these photos. Along with about 300 photos of my kids. Anyhoo, here are a few shots. Feel free to ask any questions, including, "Why the hell did you do it that way?" though the answer will likely be, "because I didn't know better at the time." The painter sent me some photos in-progress. I'll post them separately.
     

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  11. WalterBush

    WalterBush

    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
    Here are some in-progress painting photos. He's still not finished, and after he's done I'm going to have to epoxy coat it; we discussed wear and tear and settled on epoxy-then-matte-varnish as a suitable top coat. After that, a custom case. I hope to still have her ready to gig in September.
     

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  12. BusyFingers

    BusyFingers

    Nov 26, 2016
    Does the satellite get in the way of your plucking hand?
     
  13. I-Am-The-Slime

    I-Am-The-Slime

    Jan 8, 2010
    SW VA
    Very nice! :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
  14. WalterBush

    WalterBush

    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
    I'm glad you asked! The satellite is attached with neodymium magnets, and is only there for display. The same goes with the turret gun, which I made into a bridge cover of sorts. Again, just for display. Either of them get in the way of playing the bass.
     
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  15. BusyFingers

    BusyFingers

    Nov 26, 2016
    I see, it appears it's been taken off at this point. Looks pretty awesome, and I'm looking forward to seeing the complete deal.
     
  16. WalterBush

    WalterBush

    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Full disclosure, I'm a certified Fender technician working in a music store that carries Fender, Yamaha, and Ibanez products among others.
    Okay, last few until she's done. Here's some pics of the bridge cover/satellite look, the concentric R2 knobs, and the construction of the pickguard. The vast majority of this project looked suspiciously like modelling.
     

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  17. Those knobs are great. I'd used them on a "non Star Wars" bass anytime.
     
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