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were to buy wood

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by BassBiggieD, Dec 24, 2006.

  1. BassBiggieD


    Dec 19, 2006
    i am planning on building a custom neck-thru bass.. two actually a 4 string fretted and a fretless


    just wondering were to buy good quality wood, do you try to find it local or is there a online store that is good


  2. BassBiggieD


    Dec 19, 2006
    thank you!

    also, i have basic electric tools, am i getting way over my head with this project?

    how hard is a frettless bass to build?
  3. I'm not exactly sure what you've got based on "basic electric tools", but you can probably do it. I'd suggest doing a little research first, a great book that lots of people can vouch for is Melvyn Hiscock's "Make Your Own Electric Guitar".


    I built my first guitar with that book and some VERY basic tools. You can definitely do it if you set your mind to it :)
  4. BassBiggieD


    Dec 19, 2006
    thank you, i will be ordering that book quite soon..

    sorry to be real unclear about the tools i have, basic, like a drill, some saws, i dont have a router or anything like that, just the everyday tools

    thanks for the help!
  5. Well from my very limited experience, a router is pretty much the most useful tool when it comes to building electrics. You use it to route pickup cavities, control cavities, neck pockets... the list goes on. I would definitely invest in a router if you really want to do it.

    Oh and one more thing, I just got some wood for Christmas and I can vouch for LMI as being a good source for wood... my redwood burl top is SICK! Along with my Granadillo back and sides set :)


    They have lots of tools and stuff too!
  6. BassBiggieD


    Dec 19, 2006
    ^^ thanks for the suggestion, but i think im going to plan and do a bit more research before buying the wood.

    probly wont get this started till summer time, but i want to take my time on it

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