#1
By this time of summer I hoped I would have at least started on a bass building project; alas I have not. Money is what is holding me back, and a lack of a stable idea, but I think I have one now.

Title says it all really, just have some questions.

Gonna make a Les Paul style soft maple body with cavities in the sides to make it semi-hollow, have a solid maple top about 3/8" thick maybe an f hole. Maple bolt-on neck, rosewood fretboard, hardware will come later.

It almost sounds too easy, like I'm missing a major deal here. But anyway, questions.


1)Where can I get plans for a Les Paul bass? No idea where to start, should I just go from scratch and wing it? (wing it= measure carefully a les paul bass photograph via photoshop/grids and transfer with eyes after measuring twice)
2)How will I access/make access to electronics on this hollow body? I don't want a pickguard, so any access needs to be routed on the back?
3)F hole; before or after gluing the maple top?
4)Bookmatching; what size bandsaw would I need to do this on my own? My friend may have one but I'm not sure.
5) 13 degree or whatever headstock; do I glue the back of the headstock to the front of the neck, or the front of the headstock to the back of the neck?

Some help would be greatly appreciated

I may go buy some wood Thursday if possible; now that I have a job I may be able to take a loan out from the Bank of Father. Neck first or body?
#2
1) wing it. or original design? hmmm?
2) a wooden cover plate might work.
3) after, it might dry crooked.
4) ask someone else, sorry
5) not really needed for headstocks, but either one will do.

try and get both. know what pickups you want?
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#3
I like the wooden cover plate idea, and I guess an angled headstock isn't necessary on a bass...

I was thinkin some jazz pickups, haven't really shopped for those at all for those.
#4
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It almost sounds too easy, like I'm missing a major deal here. But anyway, questions.

Yes, the hard work involved in building it.


1) Guitar plans unlimited
2) If its hollow body just route out the inside of the guitar where the control cavity will go then route out an area in the back and make a little lip then make a cover for it.
3) Whatever you prefer, its probably easier once its glued on.
4) Depends on how big the block is that you wanna bookmatch. A bandsaw with an 8" rise is big enough although depending on the wood you can go smaller, but not much.
5) http://projectguitar.ibforums.com/index.php?showtopic=30212
#5
single coils on a hollowbody? that can be pretty noisy. get some low noise ones, like Bartolini.
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#6
If you can't find a bass body, you can do some calculations to just make everything in a bigger scale. I.e, lets say that for simplicity a bass scale is 15 and a regular lp scale is ten, it means that all measures must be 150% to get the proper sizes. but i guess you knew that. i've never heard of any site selling semi-hollow f-holed LP bodies for basses, though :|

If you're not messing around the top, you have to go from the back like you thought.

I can imagine F holes being easier to get on before you glue the top. really can't help you with any of the other ones, though sorry.
#7
Les Paul basses are somewhat known for being badly balanced, which will only be accentuated by making the body semi-hollow. This is the trouble with sizing guitars up and imagining that'll make them into good basses. Les Paul basses have a bad rep.

If you can make one that's worth playing, well done, but I'd check the bass forum to make sure you're aware of the flaws with the design, so that you can avoid them.
#8
the easiest way to reduce the dive would be simply lengthening the bass side a bunch.
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#9
Yea I remembered reading about the dive on Les Paul basses a while ago, may just go with an original idea or a hollow jazz bass.

Would using a maple body counter the neck more, since mahogany in usually lighter than maple and used for les paul style guitars?
#10
a good idea would be making the wood in part of it a lot heavier. for example, the back where the cover would go, make it thicker.
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#11
Well after consulting the Bank of Father, he proposed a kit assembly to start off 'building.' While I am all for it, I don't like how it wouldn't be custom at all really, just slapping stuff together and throwing paint on it.

Think I could mod the crap out of this body and make it a semi-hollow? I really like the idea of a semi-hollow... http://grizzly.com/outlet/Bass-Guitar-Kit-/H8180
All I would have to do it rout the cavity from the back, cut the f hole from the front and use the wood cover idea for the back. Just thinking if the body's size and hardware placement is too much of an obstacle.
#12
that sounds good to me, I suppose. maybe just make it look like you did. like cut the f-hole straight through and put a piece of wood on the other side. easier by far.
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#13
Easier, yes, but then it's not semi-hollow. It just has a hole. I'll check out the actual dimensions once I get it.

Thanks for the help