P bass build.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by CoffeeBass, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. Hey TB,

    I am starting a new thread for each of the basses I am working on (three now). If you are interested here is the old thread.


    So here we go. This is a replacement body for a Pbass that I have. Here is the scoop.

    Ash Body
    Chambered for weight
    Red Cedar Accent lines

    Heres where I am at.

    My original thought was to rip off the top and hollow out some chambers to get the weight down. I got northern Ash and the weight of shaped blank was about 8 lbs! I got nervous about not being able to hide the glue line so I thought that I would add a small accent line using veneer. I, however, really like symmetry. I decided I would rip off the top and bottom, hollow out and add two accents to make a pinstriped body. Heres where it went a little south. The only saw I could find to cut the already shaped body was a monster 22" throat bandsaw:eek: The guy did a good job but the blade left such a rough cut that, after sanding, I am left with about 1 3/8" total thickness. I was shooting for 1 5/8"

    I could not find any 1/8" veneer (or thins etc.) so I am going to get some red cedar rip it and make my own. Laminate it all together and see how it turns out. I had originally thought to paint the body translucent white, so the more mistakes I make, the more white it is going to get.:D

    I hope to get it all glued up this weekend. Then I can start shaping the contours, which I am really looking forward to.
  2. Well it did not go so good...

    Looks Ok from here

    And here

    But the cedar tore out in one place on both sides.`I am also not thrilled with the color. I may have found a place in Bellingham that will mill me up some custom thickness veneer. I will call them tomorrow.

    Lesson learned. Take you time with the router and always be willing to do it again.

  3. I read somewhere that you should keep your wood stickered and weighted until you use it. I wish I had listened to that. I left the three parts for this body in a stack by themselves and this happened:


    I wetted the concave side and weighted them, but we'll see if they straighten out.


    Lesson learned.

  4. mrwink


    Apr 30, 2000
    Los Angeles area
    Ouch... will be fun to watch your progress!