NBD - DIY Bass Guitar Kit

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Crusher47, Sep 1, 2017.


  1. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Not sure if to post it here or in the Luthier's Corner but since I'm far and away NOT a Luthier, posting it here instead (Mods move if needed)

    I've been interested in giving one of these a try for a while now. I also do not have a PJ bass in the collection so I figured why not...
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    I did order a lefty Fender style neck so I will go with a "reverse" headstock. It did include hardware and pickups and depending on how it sounds, it will either remain stock or I may swap the pickups out for EMG Geezer Butler pickups instead. Thanks for looking!
     
  2. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    Looks like a fair amount of work, but if you love it, no big deal.
     
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  3. Brian Phillips

    Brian Phillips

    Oct 21, 2016
    Out of interest, how much did you pay for that? What's the quality like?

    Was it also off ebay?

    Cheers
     
  4. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    Crusher47 , tell us all about it, please: brand, vender, specs, your intent re: mods, looks, yada yada. thanks. (possible EMG's noted)

    congrats and good luck on your project --- it looks like some fun! :thumbsup:
     
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  5. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Thanks...got if off Ebay, around $100. There are a few on there right now. This one has the Mahogany body. I just painted it blue and letting it cure for a couple of weeks.
     
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  6. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Around $100 , yes off Ebay. Quality seems pretty good from what I can tell. Thanks
     
  7. Brian Phillips

    Brian Phillips

    Oct 21, 2016
    Cool. Thanks!

    Do you happen to have the name of the vendor? Think I might look into getting one of these.

    Cheers!
     
  8. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    You could have posted in LC, everyone there is very welcoming and helpful to anyone willing to try their hand at working on their bass from a full on custom build to something more like this kit. :) Anyway, I hope the neck you ordered has 24 frets and a square neck pocket as this one does (a flat bottomed heel, like on a '51 P/Tele neck) as standard Fender heels are rounded. There are solutions to this but until I know what you ordered it would be hard to advise. Also, if it isn't a 24 fret neck like this one you may have to reposition the bridge accordingly.
     
  9. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Albatross Guitars... Specs:
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    Item#
    bk004

    Body
    Solid Mahogany

    Construction
    Bolt On Neck

    Neck
    Mahogany with Adjustable Truss Rod

    Fingerboard
    Rosewood with Dot Pearloid Inlay

    Controls
    2V | 1T

    Pick-Ups
    S-Split

    Bridge
    Chrome Hipshot

    Machine Heads
    Chrome 2 Per Side

    Pickguard
    N/A
     
  10. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Thanks... I do like to visit LC and look at all the craftsmanship and builds but I'm nowhere near that level. Replacement neck is only 21 frets and rounded so I can see it's already a FAIL. Oh well.
     
  11. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    No fail - this is where you start getting creative! So now that I know what you ordered, I can offer very doable solutions. The heal issue is easy if you have access to a band saw. I've done this before and it's pretty straight forward. Draw a line from the corners parallel to the 21st fret and cut the rounded part off. You could also rout the body to fit the rounded heal, but cutting the heal is much easier.

    And the 21 fret neck swap is easy as well, because the body does not have pre-drilled bridge holes. Measure from the bottom of the nut 34" with the neck in the pocket (if in fact the neck you ordered is 34" scale) and mark that length on the body. Position the saddles on your bridge equidistant from both limits (centered) and position the bridge so the saddles are over the 34" line you marked on the body. This way when you intonate it the saddles will have enough room to do so - usually the E string will be furthest south and the G furthest north.

    The other issue you will most likely have is a good fit of the 21 fret neck heel into the body's neck cavity. It will either be loose, or too tight. If loose it won't be far off and shimming will address that. Too tight and you will need to sand both sides until it fits snug. Some work but doable.

    So don't throw on the towel just yet - post your progress and I'll help walk you through it to make it happen! Feel free to ask any question as there are no 'dumb' questions - it's how we all learn new things! :thumbsup:
     
  12. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Thank you very much, I really appreciate it!! Still waiting for the neck to come in, will know more on the fit once it arrives :)
     
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  13. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    Good luck on the build, @Crusher47! I'm finishing up on mine, and learned a ton, doing it. I have a few more frets to level and finish, but it's close...
    Post pics, when you're ready...
     
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  14. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    I was just gonna start a thread on this and said, no...use the search the feature! Glad you started this, though it doesn't look like the mods put this where it will get a lot of feedback or very few have tried this. I see kits on Amazon, eBay and Reverb. There seems to be quite a few different companies out there. I'm not a luthier either but a lot of us older folks had shop class way back when we were teenagers so since this is more assembly and finishing I think it wouldn't be too difficult.

    I think the main thing would be time, patience, having an actual work area and work bench to do the work would be critical. I've been G.A.S. - ing for an archtop style bass in some form of Natural and I'm not finding anything used that is reasonable that fits the bill. So, I've been looking at one of these: DIY Electric Bass Guitar Kit - Hollow Body Bass Build Your Own Bass Kit - TheFretWire

    I just haven't worked up the guts to do it yet.
     
  15. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Good luck with your build B-Mac ... as for mine, I lost patience/grew frustrated and ended up getting rid of it. In hindsight I should have just set it aside for a while until the urge hit me again to restart it. Wood shop was one of my favorite classes as well
     
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