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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Eric Killinger, Nov 13, 2006.

  1. I would very much like to get into building basses, except I lack the experience needed to do routing, how do you usually go about it?

    I was planning on having this body


    But I dont know how to route, I know how to do everything else except that, where would be a good place to learn?
  2. klocwerk


    May 19, 2005
    Somerville, MA
    As vintager said, there's a million pages of reading you can do just here on talkbass, let alone the rest of the internet.

    A super quick summary:
    - Good routers will run you around $200, plus the cost of bits at about $20 each for good bits.
    - Routers are among the most dangerous shop tools if used incorrectly.
    - If used correctly, they can do nearly every step of the bass-building process.

    For your first bass, you might just want to have Warmoth route it for you if you're getting a body from them anyway. It's a fairly small up-charge, and they'll do whatever pickup layout you want.
  3. Yeah, thats what I'm gonna do, after I posted this thread I Just noticed th at they could do the routing for me.
  4. vintager


    Jan 29, 2005
    true. i love working with router, it almost 'makes me trance' when everything goes smooth and fine, but you have to be damn focused.. it happened to me twice - i got a huge kick, messed my detailed work and almost broke my nose. luckily no rotating bit contact.

    good luck !

  5. JSPguitars


    Jan 12, 2004
    Grass Valley
    I get scared of my router (loud and potentially lethal).
    Get/make good templates......get some nice ear dampeners (or plugs)....., or just have Warmoth do the routing for you. :)
  6. Cerb


    Sep 27, 2004
    I absolutely love my Porter Cable router. It's my go-to tool for most everything. I'm also getting a Foredom Flexshaft :)hyper:) soon, and I can't wait.

    Even if you do wind up having Warmoth do the routing for you, I would suggest getting a decent router anyways. They are beyond handy.

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