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Winter Build Off 2018 - The Rickenthingy

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by RBS_Johnson, Dec 21, 2017.

  1. This will be my first build, and my entry into the Winter Build Off 2018. I`m planning on a Ric inspired build, but a medium scale. It`s going to have a bolt on neck, and generally be built more like a heavily chambered Fender. The pickups are Gibson humbuckers, placement yet to be determined. It`ll be a four string, and I`m thinking about tuning it BEAD.

    Bodystyle: Ric 4003ish
    Construction: Bolt on, five piece maple/walnut
    Fingerboard: Rocklite(LMII)
    Materials: Claro Walnut, Black Walnut, Maple, Rocklite
    Scale: 32”
    Pickups: Gibson LP bass pickups
    Controls: 2 volumes, 1 tone, kill switch, maybe series switch
    Bridge: Generic eBay Fender bridge
    Tuners: NOS Grover Titans
    Finish: Tru-Oil

    Disclaimer: I have no idea what I`m doing. Don`t try this at home. Professional driver, closed course.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2017
  2. A big thanks to rojo412, moonshinegtrs, and Gilmourisgod for wood, parts, and help so far!



    I've got something special planned for the two tops you see here, I'll go into detail later. The flash shows the figuring better than without.




    I've never had this many new parts coming in! Everything other than the pickups and pots is new.


    Thanks for following along.
  3. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Sounds like an interesting mashup!
  4. It should be interesting. Although your build will be closer to a real Ric from the sounds of it.

    I'll also be forced to fix any screw ups, as I don't have enough wood to scrap it and start over.
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  5. Looking good already. Since this is a competition, I'll be giving out terrible advice to anyone who asks. :roflmao:

    BTW the best way to prepare wood for working is by soaking it in warm water overnight. Definitely do that.
  6. I've heard that really softens it up so it works easier. Helps prevent tearout too :smug:
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  7. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    I read that smearing silicone based hand lotion all over it is the the best wood preparation. It “feeds” the wood so it doesn’t get all shagged out during its arduous transition into bassdom. Yep.

    Yay Ric inspired build! Getting kinda lonely over in Hossenfeffer Land.
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  8. Small update. I got the fretboard ordered from LMII. My wife convinced me to go with a Rocklite board for the jet black look. So it's on it's way. I won't get much else done until the 29th or so.
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  9. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Curious to see the Rocklite ebony, been planning an Alembic style build with ebony FB, but it’s hard to find it jet black. I used an LMI pre slotted board too, nice quality and very clean work.
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  10. I'm curious as well, it was a little pricey. I likely won't build another bass for a while though, so what's an extra $10? I think the jet black will look good with the arrangement(and inlays) I have planned.
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  11. Felken


    Jun 28, 2016
    Ottawa, CAN
    How about nice thick black block inlays?
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  12. I think black would get lost on the rocklite, but blocks are cool. Another build perhaps. I've already ordered my inlays for this one. For my first build I wanted to keep it simple.
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  13. Felken


    Jun 28, 2016
    Ottawa, CAN
    Oh, I assumed the fretboard was gonna be maple coloured. :D You're thinking dots?
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  14. That was the original plan, but my wife talked me into the nice synthetic ebony for this one(yes I'm blaming her :roflmao:).

    Ya, dots for this one. I happen to have a lot of round drill bits and no square or triangle ones ;) I've got something interesting planned though, once my inlays get here from the UK I'll post a picture of the idea(s).
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  15. Looking forward to seeing what you do here.

    P.s. I have to once again reflect on the squillions of $$$$ that Ric would make if their business plan included the words "real world" and "flexibility". Imagine a genuine Ric pawn shop series... Oh well.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2017
  16. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc
    I am me
    Imagine one day, we have a "Rickenbacker" build off with an endorsement from John Hall
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  17. Oh, I'm sure he'd do that now. It's just that all the endorsement letters would read, "cease and desist". :(
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  18. :roflmao: my coworkers are looking at me funny now. Just read this on break...

    Also, for anyone who's curious I'm keeping a fairly accurate record of the cost of this build, just parts/lumber. I'm not including tooling, consumables like sandpaper, and the finish.
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  19. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Log your hours. Materials are almost free, it's the cost of men that is expensive.
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  20. BeeTL

    BeeTL Commercial User

    Sep 26, 2006
    Oldsmar, FL
    Brad Lowe, Lowe Custom Guitars
    This should be a fun build!
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