T-Bass Build

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by alanolynn, Jan 23, 2019.

  1. alanolynn


    Aug 19, 2012
    So, The first piece of basswood has been cut to shape the body of my tele bass project.

    Suspected stats (since they'll probably change as I go)

    -Slab basswood Tele body
    -Reverse headstock maple Precision neck w/Rosewood fretboard
    -Split precision pickup in neck position and "double-j style" in bridge position
    -Haven't decided on what type of high-mass bridge yet
    -Basic lightweight tuners

    I'll keep up on the process as much as I can.

    Attached Files:

  2. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Good luck. Nothing a build that meets your own specs.
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  3. alanolynn


    Aug 19, 2012
    So, as I assumed, I've altered my setup a bit.

    Going for a single passive MM p/u, and a beefed up generic fender jazz style bridge.

    Single volume pot, no tone control. Form and function FTW!

    Ordered the pickup, bridge, and lefty tuners today.

    This is in no way a high-end build. More of just a low-fi, but high-fun, rock-out bass.

    I'll keep you posted.
  4. alanolynn


    Aug 19, 2012
    FINALLY got my MM style p/u in. It's a cheapy, but this is my first build, so I'm still excited.

    Cutting the body this weekend.

    How do you guys feel about cutting a record to shape for my pickguard? I've seen some pretty cool examples posted on here.
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  5. alanolynn


    Aug 19, 2012
    I lied about cutting the body. Stuff happens, but here's the scheme...

    The p/u will definitely be further from the bridge than in the picture. It was just thrown on there for s&g
  6. alanolynn


    Aug 19, 2012
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    I'll have some comfort bevels/cuts put in the front and back, as I keep my instrument strapped up fairly high and don't feel like resting my arm on a simple routed edge....same goes for my gut.

    The build is being completed by my guitarist, so I can't take credit. He had the idea for the recessed neck plate and threaded inserts. Pretty neat!

    Still sampling different finishes, so who knows how it'll end up!!!
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  7. alanolynn


    Aug 19, 2012
    It's starting to look like stuff!

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  8. alanolynn


    Aug 19, 2012
    Already uploaded to a "NBD" thread, but figured I should update this one as well.


    Its still not done. The frets still need leveling, and the string choice I used was wayyyyyy off from what I was hoping for. Still, its pretty sweet lookin'
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