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The Cost of Rollin' Yer Own...

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Hambone, Dec 31, 2000.


  1. Though the experienced builders on the forum won't find this of much value, perhaps some of you guys that have been wishing, and procrastinating about building a bass will. The CAD/CAM bass project I just completed was designed to meet several criteria - 1)Build the best looking instrument possible. 2)Use upgraded features. 3)Don't scrimp on sound. 4)Do it as cheaply as possible. I can vouch for only scoring 3 of the 4 since the electronics haven't been completed, but it sounds great acoustically! At any rate here is the breakdown of the costs involved with the project. The point is that it doesn't necessarily need a fortune to get acceptable results.

    Body wood 58.00 new - local
    Neck 105.00 used - ebay
    Pickups 125.00 new - local
    Preamp 32.00 used - ebay
    Bridge 41.00 new - ebay contact
    Tuners 28.00 new - Stewart MacDonald
    Knobs 6.00 new - local
    Straplocks 12.00 new - local
    Ferrules 6.00 new - Stewart MacDonald
    Jack Plate 1.00 new - hand fab
    Nut .00 new - hand fab
    Neck Hardware 10.00 new - local
    Finish 30.00 new - local
    Misc Hardware 10.00 new - local
    Strings 23.00 new - local

    TOTAL 481.00

    This doesn't include some items like additional tools that I needed for completion. But everything was done using fairly common tools except of course for the body.

    After completing this I thought of a great way for someone to get started in this type of hobby. That's to take an existing (lesser loved - if there's such a thing) instrument and use it's hardware to make a new creation. Then you've got custom without some of the larger ticket items on the list.

    At any rate here it is for your digestion...uuurrrrpp!:)


     
  2. The cost of

    Body wood 58.00 new - local
    Neck 105.00 used - ebay
    Pickups 125.00 new - local
    Preamp 32.00 used - ebay
    Bridge 41.00 new - ebay contact
    Tuners 28.00 new - Stewart MacDonald
    Knobs 6.00 new - local
    Straplocks 12.00 new - local
    Ferrules 6.00 new - Stewart MacDonald
    Jack Plate 1.00 new - hand fab
    Nut .00 new - hand fab
    Neck Hardware 10.00 new - local
    Finish 30.00 new - local
    Misc Hardware 10.00 new - local
    Strings 23.00 new - local

    TOTAL 481.00

    getting started in this type of hobby. Priceless
    For every thing else there's Master Card.





    thanks for the price list, building my own bass has been on my todo list for a while.
     
  3. Rumblin' Man

    Rumblin' Man Banned

    Apr 27, 2000
    Route 66
    How much would it cost to have the body shaped on a CAD/CAM.

    My last complete project cost me about $385 including everything. I used an AllParts neck (ebay) and a WD body (on sale for $110), a Fender pickup/passive, Hipshot tuners, and an brass bent plate bridge. It's not as pretty as yours with that fancy wood you have but it looks exactly the way I wanted and plays/sounds great.

    Of course the total cost will vary according to the current cost of components on ebay... ;)

     
  4. the price of building my P-bass from Warmoth parts came in at £600........ it cost so much due to extra charges being piled on for shipping parts from the US to the UK.
    specialised parts in general are hard to get and expensive in the UK.
    the Warmoth body and neck came in through Chandlers, and the Hipshot Ultralite tuners via Bill Puplett.
    still, prices for Fenders in the UK are usually the same figure as in the US but with a £ sign in front eg. about £1000 for a US Precision Deluxe, so this way worked out cheaper than buying a real Fender and then hacking it about.
     
  5. gweimer

    gweimer

    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    Hambone, not too bad for the money. You're right about the fact that it's not cheap to build you're own bass. We put the Green Lantern bass on hold, but here's the basic costs so far:
    Item------------------Supplier------Price---Shipping
    Bass body----------------Ebay----------$14.50---$12.00
    Fender neck w/tuners-----Ebay---------$101.75---$12.00
    Bridge-------------------Ebay----------$17.00----$4.00
    Pickup (Bartolini)-------Ebay----------$57.00----$3.00
    Neck plate---------------Guitar Ctr----$ 3.60
    Finish-------------------Stew-Mac------$17.00----$8.75
    Wiring kit---------------Stew-Mac------$15.00
    Misc---------------------Assorted-------$4.50

    Total cost so far is just over $270, with $40 as shipping costs. My project has been for fun, and to show my son how things are built (and not especially perfect!), so we didn't opt to go with the best parts, with the exception of the Bartolini pickup, which I got for a great price. Still, like you say, I could have gotten a better MIM Precision for pretty much the same cost, and much less aggravation.

     
  6. Gruff, LOL - Ever since the introduction of PayPal I've had to be VERY careful.

    Rumblin' - It's kinda hard to tell. If you did all of your own design in a format that could be worked with by the router software and offered to help them with all of the setup, probably not too much. I think the really important thing is to look for someone with experience and a sense of adventure when shopping for the service. You will find these routers in all kinds of operations especially sign shops. But these guys might have to be talked into doing a project like this with a lot riding on success. I could see it costing between $50 and $75 to route a body like this. Of course YMMV!

    I've been doing some thinking about this thing since finishing and have decided that, although the computer router is the best, the limitation posed by having to use it at work and after hours is daunting. So, I think I'm going to create a set of templates (from the router, of course) that I can use to make a body anytime I want. I am also going to incorporate the ability to customize the template with "drop-in" components so that I can change certain features without having to create a new large template. The flexibility this offers will be of help since I don't know exactly what components I'll use for each of the basses.

    Hey that gives me another idea - wonder if I could sell the templates? Hmmmmm...
     
  7. Rumblin' Man

    Rumblin' Man Banned

    Apr 27, 2000
    Route 66
    Templates....now you're talking.

    I'd be interested in a P and J style with additional templates of various pickup styles/configurations that could popped in and out of the body templates as desired. Various control compartment, compartment cover templates, an integral neck pocket template and bridge screw hole positioning template would be nice too.

    You could set yourself up to do custom body shape templates from drawings people provide.

    Nice idea.

    [Edited by Rumblin' Man on 01-01-2001 at 12:17 AM]
     
  8. gweimer

    gweimer

    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    Hambone, now you're onto something! There just might be a market for templates. Kind of like selling sewing patterns for guitars!