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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by EricWilson, Jul 28, 2004.

  1. EricWilson


    Jun 30, 2004
    Ok. Im a noob at this, but since my guitarist told me that i couldn't do it, I'm going to build a bass from scratch. Yes even the neck...(what can i say, I'm a glutton for punishment)
    I have my tools
    I will have my woods in a while (have to use alder,)
    now all I need are plans. if anyone can direct to a source for free ones, cheap ones, ones or help me in designing my own, I would greatly appreciate it. my pride is on the line ;)

    thanks a whole lot!
  2. PasdaBeer


    Nov 2, 2002
    Santa Rosa California
    SandStorm Designs
    all the fun is in doin it yourself!!!

    check out some of the books on www.lmii.com

    the point of a custom is doin it to specs you want, or changing up a design you know that you already like.

    Try taking most of the dimensions off your current bass, then changing up the less critical ones to give it "your" look ( ie, body style, pickup spacing, headstock shape, cut aways )
  3. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    DIY = draw it yourself! Much more fun.

    I'd not use alder for the neck, if avoidable. It's a bit too weak. But then again, Carey Nordstrand made a spruce neck, that works... Still not my choice.
  4. teacherguy


    Feb 21, 2004
    Cincinnati, OH
    I bought the plans for a neck-thru bass designed by Moll Instruments from http://www.mimf.com/ and they are a great resource.
    MIMF recently auctioned off on Ebay a bass built by a collaboration of several luthiers as a fund raiser. These plans were used to design and build that bass. It was beautiful!!

  5. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    i setup my plans in 3D CAD.

    works great and is a lot of fun.

    after 5 or so years of doing this, i have several bass model databases that have been extremely useful.


  6. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Pardon the sidebar -

    Hey Fred, ever heard of this guy? He does all his complex-curved guitars with CNC, and is offering his shop for outside work. I actually found the site through an ad for SURFCAM.


    Obligatory bass content: if you look through the solid-body guitars, there is a bass there, too.
  7. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer

    never heard of him. which don't mean sh1t.

    interesting design claim:

    "As you look through my site, you will see obvious differences like my patented parabolic curved guitars."


    i like what i see.

    thanks for the link.