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"Yin&Yang" guitar/bass build

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Rob17, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. Rob17

    Rob17 Inactive

    Aug 28, 2009
    I had this piece of magnolia that I've bought, a few months ago, to build me a bass from.
    But I wanted the bass to be a neck trough, so I bought the wrong piece of wood.
    It has a very distinct grain and if you put a neck in between two halfs, it woodnt look right.
    It had to be a bolt on.
    I also had this nice gold Gibson humbucker laying around and I was like, I'm gonna build a guitar.
    So I took a nice piece of veneer and glued it on the magnolia.

    I have a cheap Jackon guitar from witch I liked the shape very much so I copyed that.

    Late at night, when I was in my shop, enjoying my work, a nice cold beer and some funny tabacco, I looked at the left over piece of wood from the guitar build,... and I saw a great lower wing for a bass, in the scrapwood.

    So I started sawing the next day.

    So now we have this.:eek:
  2. NateS


    Sep 22, 2009
    Richmond, VA, USA
    totally wicked bass idea. i wanna see this finished
  3. MPica


    Feb 13, 2010

  4. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    At first I thought... dude, that's something Wishbass would come up with.

    But then I saw what you did there, hehe... looking forward to the finished thing, that's for sure.
  5. tk421


    Mar 3, 2010
    middletown, oh
    the figuring on that top is amazing. it's like burled mahogany and quilted maple got together and made babies. almost effervescent.
  6. Rob17

    Rob17 Inactive

    Aug 28, 2009
    Thanks guy's, I like it the way it came out also. ;)
  7. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Inactive

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments

    I LOVE the funetic spelling!

    I motion that we of the Luthier's Corner use "wood" in place of "would" for here out. Do I have a second?
  8. Rob17

    Rob17 Inactive

    Aug 28, 2009
  9. I second that Mikey!
  10. Rob17

    Rob17 Inactive

    Aug 28, 2009
    I think mikey has a bit of a problem expressing his emotions, what he's really trying to say, is that he really admires my work and he like's to be as good as I am, one day....:D
  11. Rob17

    Rob17 Inactive

    Aug 28, 2009
    I've been doing some thinking about the specs.
    The bass will be a 5 string. I have enough 4 strings (well :p),
    but the neck, I try to make without, or very few tapering.
    An almost straight neck, very narrow string spacing, for neckdiving issues and I think it looks cool.
    I have this vision....:eek::eek::eek::cool:
    The pick up I'm still thinking about, I want it to have a truckload off dynamics.
    So any sugestions wood be apreciated.
    I want this to be THE super "Fingerbass".
    I Like it very much to play with 4 fingers, like a spanish guitar, and I want this to be the ultimate, F******g fast Fingerbass.
    And for the looks it wood ;) be great to have a string trough body design on both.
    To give them that classic look.
    And on the bass it saves me some space I hope, there's not much wood to play with.
    It does not really has a "body". :eyebrow:
    I am so stoked about this one, I have two more builds but the budget for this month is blown so I can't buy the things I need.
    Like a $10 round file, and a trushrod or 4.
    All I can do is build me some more necks or body's, plenty of would.
    This last build is definitly my favorite and I can't wait to see them finished, standing in my studio and play them ofcause.
    They wood look great, next to a Warwick and an SG, the other SG ( short scale) is yet to be restored to it's former glory.
  12. Rob17

    Rob17 Inactive

    Aug 28, 2009
    Have done some shaping on the bass...:eek:.
  13. Rob17

    Rob17 Inactive

    Aug 28, 2009
    Have made a blank for the guitar.
    It's a 3 piece Jatoba neck with plane (?) veneer in between.
    Plataan ( dutch) = plane, according to the dictionary.

    The Jackson Guitar I use as a guide.

    I've bought a pre-slotted fingerboard, rosewood, it was not that expensive, and I can't make them myself,... yet, it take's some investments to get that one right.

    Also I'm gonna put in 2 carbon rods.

    The brass nut blank I'm gonna use.

    This is another project I'm having a go at.
    I want to make me a semi- acoutic bass.
    Inspired by a danelectro semi acoustic which has been build here a while ago.
    Fort the bottom I wanned to use some thick piece of wood from which I have plenty, most of it being white oak or ash.
    There was this very vage looking plank, it had wet spots on it and looked just plain dirty.
    I grabbed it, to use, because of those property's.
    It was just for the fun of it, woodnt wanna use something nice...
    When I was finished sawing and looked on the floor, there was this very familiar dust on the floor. :p
    Bright yellow............YELLOW HEART,.. and what a piece.

    Wood you have guessed that, from this look?

    Not me, to me it was just a piece of ... well, next to firewood. :ninja:
    But I like this very much, it came with the second load of flooring wood I bought.

    The only problem is, it being a semi acoustic build, most of the wood will be cut away. :crying:

    Tomorrow,.... shaping the neck... I hope.
    Still with the microplane (?), maybe I'm gonna buy me a routerbit for that kind of job, in a few day's.
    But I don't mind a bit of elbow grease, making a "real" hand made neck.:smug:
  14. Mmmm...I love these bodies you're building.

  15. Rob17

    Rob17 Inactive

    Aug 28, 2009
    Thank you very much, sir.
  16. Mister Know Not

    Mister Know Not Inactive

    Aug 27, 2011
    Papendrecht, Holland
    Almost there,

  17. Mister Know Not

    Mister Know Not Inactive

    Aug 27, 2011
    Papendrecht, Holland

    Some more...
  18. Subbed! Woodn't wanna miss this :D.

    Cool builds there Rob! Nice to see a fellow Dutchman (I immediately recognized those clamps from the Hornbach :p) and namesake (my first name is Rob too). I like that bass body that arose from your cutting waste :smug:.
  19. Mister Know Not

    Mister Know Not Inactive

    Aug 27, 2011
    Papendrecht, Holland
    Thanx Rob,

    That's quite a nice site you have there going, some good info.
    Liked the jig for the neckpocket, may use it for my gitarebuild, the opposite of this bass.
    Was not sure how to do that.

    Another pic from the back.

  20. questionmark?


    Nov 15, 2010
    brilliant idea! subscribed.
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