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divinorum69
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#1
Okay, Ive decided I want to have a bass to play all those songs with great bass lines, to many to write now.

Basically I bought a cheap neck since I dont have any bass templates at all. Tomorrow ill be getting wood, im certanly using a national wood, viraro or pine, maybe guatambu.

So what scale length do P-Basses have?

I will try to achieve this:


I already did a neck pocket template with an old template of a telecaster guitar I never used, so I enlarged the neck pocket.

Pics:



Neck is guatambu with Guayabira fretboard, both Argentine woods




And anyone has a P Bass template? or Plans?

Thanks a lot

Cheers
Last edited by divinorum69 at Mar 6, 2009,
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#2
I don't have any plans, but a P-Bass would be 34' scale

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btw make sure you measure the scale length of the neck you have

nut to 12th fret and double it




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divinorum69
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Quote by Absent Mind
btw make sure you measure the scale length of the neck you have

nut to 12th fret and double it


Yeah I will. Today I printed the sort of plans, that 420Freak gave me, Thanks A lot I owe you one. It was a CAD drawing with full neck, but I managed to print only the body out, and I got the size a litlle bit bigger but anyways, it does serve me for illustrative purposes.

I just measured the neck, and to the 12 fret its 17 inches. Fender Scale confirmed
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I gotta say: that neck really confuses me... it's got 2 extra frets and the truss rod... I don't know what to call it... nut at the base of the neck... you're going to have to cut your neck pocket further down the body to accommodate that.
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divinorum69
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Quote by Thomme
I gotta say: that neck really confuses me... it's got 2 extra frets and the truss rod... I don't know what to call it... nut at the base of the neck... you're going to have to cut your neck pocket further down the body to accommodate that.


I know I have to make space for the truss rod. How many frets do P-Bases normally have? And remember im not following any plans so of course, before routing im going to measure 100 times the bridge position, we wouldn wanna end with a bridge outside the body right? But in the worst case senario, I would route the pocket a little smaller thus giving me space to access 21 frets, I would have to move bridge forward, but In a normal P-Bass I do have space. Thanks for your remark, I hadnt really thought about it yet.
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well the bridge of a P-bass is almost flush to the bottom of the bass, if you mount this neck as you would a normal P-bass, the neck'll probably be about 1-1 1/2" longer than a normal P-bass, and you'll have to mount the bridge accordingly. I would suggest sinking the neck further down the body, but, then you'd have to route the lower cutaway deeper to accommodate it like an AM deluxe p-bass. Normal p-basses only have 19 frets.


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divinorum69
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Quote by Thomme
well the bridge of a P-bass is almost flush to the bottom of the bass, if you mount this neck as you would a normal P-bass, the neck'll probably be about 1-1 1/2" longer than a normal P-bass, and you'll have to mount the bridge accordingly. I would suggest sinking the neck further down the body, but, then you'd have to route the lower cutaway deeper to accommodate it like an AM deluxe p-bass. Normal p-basses only have 19 frets.


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I Understand what you mean, It will be no problem for me to put the bridge a little closer to the neck pocket, there for I will avoid shaping the lower horn to have access to frets 21, and 22. I Like better the look of the normal P-Bass, without the 5th string and the bridg pup
divinorum69
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Ordered the pine, should be planed and ready to be shapened into a P-Bass on Friday. I bought two 60cmX20cm blanks of pine, so Ill have to paste them ending up with a 60cmX40cm. I already got tite bond, but how should I go for sticking two 2" pieces of pine?
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lookin pretty good! pine can be awesome looking!
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looking good! I like the look of pine, but i hate how it warps so easy
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wish my pine was good enough looking to finish it natural.=/

Good luck, man. Looks promising.=]
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What bridge are you going for? I always say "Go for the Gotoh 201", I find it the best bridge out there for the price.

Hmm I could also imagine a gold pickguard on nature wood.

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also you could get a bridge cover, which allways look nice, thought about a single jazz pickup at the bridge to give you tonal variation
divinorum69
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Thanks for that gold Suggestion, I WANT IT NOW! I will not find it here on Argentina though

So Ill ebay it later on, first ill build it. Also I dont want another pickup, though Id like tone variation, Im going for classic looks on this one since I hate that jazz bridge pickup look, since I know nothing about basses I do not care for Bass tone naturally, at least for now. I do not own Basses, this is going to be my first one.

But thanks for commenting, thanks a lot!
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sorry for bumping an old thread, but are you still going ahead with this?
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good luck to ya! I hope this turns out well, i will be waiting...(sounded creepy)
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#27
Loving the build! I got sidetracked early on, though. I had never heard of Guatambu or Guayabira before so I went googling for more info! My spanish vocabulary isn't very big so I thought maybe they had english names I did not know.

Regarding guatambu-- it looks pretty cool. Apparently its in the same family as the Citrus genus. this page seems to think it's not very stable, though.

No luck finding anything about Guayabira though. This thread was actually the 3rd result on google... right behind a few pages about the Guayabera-- the "Mexican Wedding Shirt".


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Anyone know the standard precision bass neck pocket deepness?

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Yay! Looks really cool. I love how Argentina has their own counterparts to maple and rosewood. It makes your build unique.
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divinorum69
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#35
Thanks, argentina naturally has its own woods, though maple is far superior than guatambu in terms that guatambu is a tree that grows in very humid areas so its difficult to get a stable piece. But if its stable it has nothing to envy a nice piece of maple.
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Leo Fender would be proud! Its cool to see this stuff appearing out of bare wood.
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#37
This is coming along really nicely. I really enjoyed your tele build, and this one is just as interesting and good. I like how you sort of improvise with the woods you use, but you get the same sort of effect/look that you obviously want.
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I love watching these kinda builds :P
Good Job btw, your builds always interest me :P
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divinorum69
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#39
As you can see Ive started making the Arm Contour, and Ive rounded all the edges with my rounding edges router bit.







Here I am watching the contour of the strat so I can do somthing similar with the P-Bass




Ive already finished doing the top contour. Pics in a bit. I used rasp and sandpaper only.