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That one time I made a bass out of Home Depot poplar

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Rock O, Nov 19, 2018.


  1. Rock O

    Rock O

    Oct 28, 2018
    I guess this is finally "finished" since I put on the ETS bridge and solved all my string spacing and intonation problems.

    About 12 years ago my kids weren't playing but I wanted to build them a bass that could easily be righty or lefty. Both my sons are lefty and I wanted to make it for them.

    I didn't have anything but a drill, a saber saw, a Dremel, and some hand tools, so I got two 1x8s that sat nice and flush together so I didn't have to mill them.

    I sawed each in half and bookmatched them the best I could and cut out this wonky symmetrical body using dinner plates for radiuses.
    The top half of the body I notched out for the neck and the pickup before I glued them, and the bottom I drilled and dremeled out channels for wires and a control cavity.

    The neck was from a cheap Sierra bass and the tuners and hardware from a Yamaha my bassist at the time destroyed on stage.
    I made it he pickguards out of clear plexi and painted the back black. IMG_20181119_202453646. IMG_20181119_202503458. IMG_20181119_202517406. IMG_20181118_205531416.

    The pickup is from Guitarfetish.
    Just got the bridge at a music swap meet.

    Behold the Rock-O-Tone model 1
     
  2. Great job!

    BnB
     
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  3. jamro217

    jamro217 Supporting Member

    That's great!! Yay!!!
     
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  4. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    All kinds of awesome. Are your kids playing these days?
     
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  5. jackn1202

    jackn1202

    Feb 14, 2018
    Austin, TX
    I would absolutely play the hell outta that. Have you built other basses or instruments?
     
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  6. Rock O

    Rock O

    Oct 28, 2018
    My eldest plays sax. The younger plays everything EXCEPT bass. Guitar, trombone, cornet, keys...

    They do everything righty except hold a pen.
    I have this set up righty for me, and my bassist in my current band (I'm drumming) won't put it down.
    It has a mean mid-range growl that fits really well in the mix.
     
  7. Rock O

    Rock O

    Oct 28, 2018
    I build effects pedals, but this is it for instruments.
    I've been restoring and tinkering with busted stuff for 30 years, though.
     
  8. juancaminos

    juancaminos Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    USA, Phoenix, AZ
    Very Nice!
     
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  9. That’s Rock & Roll.
     
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  10. MYLOWFREQ

    MYLOWFREQ Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    New York
    Awesome job!
     
  11. Reminds me of Brian May's guitar in some way...... love it!
     
  12. Uncle Hanky

    Uncle Hanky

    May 10, 2017
    Texas
    I dig the effing eff outta this!!!
     
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  13. toomanyslurpees

    toomanyslurpees

    Jan 21, 2009
    I scrolled down to find a much cooler looking bass than I was expecting... still kind of odd ball but in a good way...
     
  14. NaH

    NaH Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2010
    Props to ya on that one. Looks decent.
     
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  15. ReasonablyHappy

    ReasonablyHappy

    Aug 1, 2018
    America
    Deng that’s cool!! And what an awesome story!!
     
  16. mmon77

    mmon77 Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2008
    Southern MN
    I really like that. I'd play the heck out of it. Nice job!
     
  17. Nohrellas

    Nohrellas

    May 11, 2016
    Vienna
    I suddenly feel very inadequate about the bass that I built out of home depot beech :roflmao:
    Seriously, great job. That looks really nice!
     
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  18. BurtMacklinFBI

    BurtMacklinFBI Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2018
    That is a beautiful looking bass. Nicely done.
     
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  19. Bobro

    Bobro

    Feb 22, 2018
    Maribor, Slovnia
    It's nice to see "parental Awesome" in action, that's a sweet bass you made for your kids.
     
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  20. nilorius

    nilorius

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    Looks nice, but what about sound ?
     
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