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Solid top neck thru

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by kaoskater08, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. kaoskater08


    Apr 1, 2011
    I'm trying to spec out another bass to build and haven't gotten much farther than:

    -4 string neck thru
    -Rosewood FB
    -Alder Body
    -Black hardware

    I'm still going back and forth on a top to put on it but looking to do something different. Have any of you put a solid top on a neck thru instrument? If so, do you have some pointers/tool recommendations that could help a first-timer?
  2. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    By "solid top", I assume you mean the top will cover the neck laminates.

    Myself, I love the satin look of Curly redwood.

    Like this piece:


    It's soft stuff, though, so it will need a hard finish to help protect it from dings. Meaning, it'll need a sprayed poly or lacquer finish, rather than a simple rubbed oil finish.

    As to your other question...I've never done it.
  3. Essen

    Essen Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    I've never done a solid top, but I think I'd make a template for it and just route the top.

    In this vid at 3:00 you can see a great way to make a super tight template.
  4. Big B.

    Big B.

    Dec 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I've done this for all of my neck thru builds. I'm at work on my phone now but when I get home I will link you to a thread that shows my process. The most difficult part is getting the neck blank level with the body wings. Once you get past that, a little patience will get you the rest of the way.
  5. kaoskater08


    Apr 1, 2011
    Yeah that's what I mean.

    Curly Redwood is very nice, my first bass build was a 6 string neck thru fretless with a curly redwood top and a satin finish :D


    I have never seen templates made that way...may have to look into that.
  6. kaoskater08


    Apr 1, 2011
    Awesome, thanks!