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summer project, phase 1 (pics inside!)

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by airrick, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. airrick


    Dec 4, 2005
    so a long time ago i began to build a bass, didn't know what i was doing, wasted money, and measured wrong, so, a yr. later i come back a new man with determination on my face.
    The beginings:
    materials purchased: strings, tuners, bridge, large roll of paper, mech pencils, various measuring/drawing devices, how to book

    then the drawing begins and progresses:





    stay tuned!
  2. airrick


    Dec 4, 2005
    headstock drawn

    with tuners (hipshot ultralites)
  3. Greenman


    Dec 17, 2005
    Ontario Canada
    Looks good so far. Keep us posted.
  4. Phil Mailloux

    Phil Mailloux

    Mar 25, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
    Builder: Mailloux Basses
    You don't know what you just got into. Next thing you know you'll have spent a crapload of money and you'll be broke ;)

    Looking good so far, good luck
  5. Bryan316

    Bryan316 Inactive

    Dec 20, 2006
    Damn good headstock shape. Aggressive, sharp and pointy, yet completely functional.
  6. Cerb


    Sep 27, 2004
    If you do wind up angling the tuners like that you will never be able to turn them with any ease. You might have some luck with less of an angle, though.
  7. airrick


    Dec 4, 2005

    thank you very much
  8. airrick


    Dec 4, 2005
    didn't know that, thank you
  9. airrick


    Dec 4, 2005
    additionally, i have decided on woods:
    body: black limba (black kornia)
    neck: wenge
    fingerboard: pau ferro
    what do u think?
  10. airrick


    Dec 4, 2005
    fret placement done:



  11. airrick


    Dec 4, 2005
    next comes designings the neck pocket(bolt on) and body
  12. nice id think about the jack in that dip or a switch
  13. airrick


    Dec 4, 2005
    will do, thanks for the suggestion
    additionally, i have know idea what picksups to use, what do you think suits this basses "personality"?
  14. pilotjones


    Nov 8, 2001
    As far as the tuner angle being uncomfortable, this is a matter of opinion. With them angled, you do sometimes have to bend your fingers around the E tuner to reach the A, etc.-- problem for some people, not for others-- this is commonly done with smaller-head machines, but this is the first Ive seen it with large cloverlead knobs.
  15. airrick


    Dec 4, 2005
    thanks for the suggestions, but, having never had a j, i went with a j setup:


    placing them:
  16. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Sometimes you're the dog, sometimes the tree Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    Palm Coast, FL
    Any reason you don't want to use a pre-slotted fretboard?

    Dan K.
  17. headstock is cool...it's like 80's Ibanez meets Carvin...better than both....
  18. airrick


    Dec 4, 2005
    thanks for the complements, i decided to slot it myself because a) i dont think gallery hardwoods does that, where im most likely getting my wood, and B) this way, ive put more work into the bass, which makes the completion all the more forfilling:)
  19. Ahh the TI-83 Plus graphing calculator that thing sure got me through Algebra. Turns out it can make you bass too, who knew?
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