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Single Cut 5 strings Walnut core/back with Ziricote top and birdseye fretboard.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by ColibriGuitars, Jun 7, 2017.


  1. ColibriGuitars

    ColibriGuitars Commercial User

    Oct 10, 2016
    Hi Guys!

    im working on this bass, still working on it. need to decide about pickups and locations AND tons of sanding.
    hope you like it!
    Cheers
    Rodrigo 18402874_1045404128892366_8303856155461843647_n. 18402874_1045404128892366_8303856155461843647_n. 18403636_1045404148892364_8440150085413736613_n. 18403647_1045404082225704_4868193673726903663_n. 18424082_1045404002225712_7553964632305926844_n. 18425165_1045404088892370_3835468811014079637_n. 18425563_1045404042225708_2068626570668227289_n. 18446517_1045404095559036_3692722736782756817_n. 18446828_1045404075559038_2009142701486947572_n. 18402874_1045404128892366_8303856155461843647_n. 18403636_1045404148892364_8440150085413736613_n. 18403647_1045404082225704_4868193673726903663_n. 18424082_1045404002225712_7553964632305926844_n. 18425165_1045404088892370_3835468811014079637_n. 18425563_1045404042225708_2068626570668227289_n. 18446517_1045404095559036_3692722736782756817_n. 18446828_1045404075559038_2009142701486947572_n. 18446831_1045404045559041_3832455221376646782_n. 18447153_1045404152225697_4362276891983260964_n. 18447278_1047770281989084_2465824737515153263_n. 18485426_1048588998573879_8132746172673006882_n. 18485887_1047770245322421_3817110090504207895_n. 18485904_1045404012225711_5816403176018774478_n. 18486096_1047862968646482_3936688454152629078_n. 18486283_1048589105240535_1756400150267338124_n. 18486330_1047862991979813_879678927513920448_n. 18527543_1048589078573871_4222422132437742303_n. 18527771_1047770251989087_4380318082693043986_n. 18527812_1048589001907212_5664335109523755753_n.
     
  2. chinjazz

    chinjazz Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2002
    Atlantic Beach, FL
    Hey Rodrigo,

    Amazing top, and everything else! I think you have duplicate pics in here...
     
  3. campbems

    campbems Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Jackson
    That is one of the prettiest tops I've ever seen in a bass. Looks amazing so far.
     
  4. Triad

    Triad Commercial User

    Jul 4, 2006
    Europe
    Luthier - Prometeus Guitars
    It's almost a shame to cover that top with pickups :roflmao:
     
  5. ColibriGuitars

    ColibriGuitars Commercial User

    Oct 10, 2016
    well, i agree with you. but for sure will have wood covers made of birdseye maple!
     
  6. chinjazz

    chinjazz Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2002
    Atlantic Beach, FL
    I've been meaning to ask this question to luthiers who make single cut basses with carving the
    large swath back from the bottom, around the heel and all the way Up to the neck.

    Hope you don't mind me asking: How do most actually attach the neck along the side? Glue and clamps?
    It looks so fluid and functional!

    I'm getting interested in this mainly because I want to carve more areas and this might be a good area to focus on.
     
  7. ColibriGuitars

    ColibriGuitars Commercial User

    Oct 10, 2016
    Hi Chinjazz!

    well, there is not any secret on this... will try to explain as best as my english can as my natural leguage is spanish.... so:
    The most beauty of singlecut basses is the heal carving, full access to all frets, very soft transition between body and neck, and your right hand should slide all the neck as any other bass, with no stops or funny shapes when the neck meets the body at 12th fret.

    i really like to build my single cuts as a SET NECKS, as i feel and hear they sound better than neck-tru, so the most important thing on this is to get the best fit on the "neck pocket" before glue... for this, i really like to leave 4" longer the neck from the last fret or where the fretboard finish.... as this join will meet very close the neck pickup; so, to get a nice fit pocket, i place the neck with fretboard glued and sloted over the body, an well centered, BUT i draw my lines with the 11 position at the end of the single cut horn; then i place some MDF boards with double side stick tape right next to the neck, bouth sides and end. i cut the neck pocket with my router and nice Amana bits with ball at desided deep. once done, the neck will not be as tight as i wish, so i slide the neck to get the 12th fret place where the end of the single cut meets, so i will have a very very tight join. if everything looks fine and the neck can hold the body weight im ready to glue..... just 3 clams are needed, 2 for vertical and one to get the side of the neck joined to the single cut.
    the carving is just a lot of work that i do with chiesels and sand.... let me see i can post a link with my facebook page where i have some videos doing this....
     
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  8. ColibriGuitars

    ColibriGuitars Commercial User

    Oct 10, 2016
    This is another bass, but the same proccess and most complete....
     
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  9. chinjazz

    chinjazz Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2002
    Atlantic Beach, FL
    Rodrigo, thanks for explaining in detail your steps and posting the video! I started looking at your Facebook page also (beautiful work!).
    I like how you mark on the neck the two spots as carving guides. Also, cool that you showed how sharp the big chisel is.
    I definitely need to get a few good chisels to start, and get my shoulders ready :) I think the first bass I try, the body wood will be softer (probably mahogany).
    Even though it's more work, I'm drawn to working with wood by hand more than power tools even though I like a few examples I see of radius jigs with routers -
    maybe a good justification for saving my shoulders for carving :)
     
  10. chinjazz

    chinjazz Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2002
    Atlantic Beach, FL
    Thanks for this Video too! I look forward to picking up tips from your videos/pics. Thanks for sharing again!