#1
Hey

I've decided that I'd like to try to build myself a bass, since I've been playing bass a lot more recently, and I want to try a fretless.

I've built a couple of guitars, so i have the basics down, but i have a couple questions about the specifics of bass building.

1. Is a 1 piece neckthrough strong enough to withstand the tension of the strings, or would a laminate be better? It would be maple, since that's all i can get around here.

2. Do i need any special reinforcements in the neck besides the truss rod?


thanks for the help
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#2
You might get away with a 1 peice quarter sawn neck though, but for peace of mind I dont think I would ever do anything that long with a 1 peice, I would try to avoid using a 1 peice even for a bolt on but thats just me.

Depends on the width of the neck, a 4 string i prob fine with just a rod, but if you were going on for 6 strings and more you might have to start looking at having carbon fibre rods either side.




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#3
whats the best way to do a multi piece neck?
would i need a second type of wood, or could i just cut the maple apart and glue the whole thing back together?

also, would a bloodwood fretboard be tough enough that i wouldn't have to bother apply epoxy to keep the strings from destroying it?
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#4
Yeah you can cut the 1 peice up and glue it back together (as long as the faces are planed/sanded flat before gluing) aesthetically I dont like multi-peice necks made from the same material, you've gotta have a contrast line IMO just makes it look much nicer.

I'm not too sure how bass fretboards work, but the strings shouldn't really touch it unless you have a really heavy fretting hand, bloodwood is fine for fretboards




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#5
yeah, i'd prefer to have a second wood, but it's pretty hard to find wood that i can use around here besides maple or red oak.

I'm planning on building a fretless, and i've heard the strings will tear up the board without the frets to give it some room

thanks for all the help
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#6
ah sorry forgot it was fretless, I cant comment on that you will have to consult someone that knows stuff about bass fretboards

and surely if you can find it locally a last resort could be buying wood online?




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#7
yeah, i'm thinking i'll have to go online.
the shipping will be a pain, but i'll have a much better selection i guess.

I guess that way i can make it a bit more exotic then what i could with what i've got here

thanks again
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#8
If coat the fretboard with polyurethane and If you use flatwound strings it shouldnt tear it up.
#9
yeah, i knew that, but i've heard flatwounds don't sound as good as roundwounds, and i've heard some types of woods are hard enough that you don't need to coat them
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