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Hi, I have been enrolled in a High School shop program in which I've made an acoustic and an electric guitar. My senior project this year is to build an extremely high quality, Olympic style hippy sandwich bass. I have several things to chose from wood and style wise. I have always been told ash is the best wood when it comes to bass tonally so I thing I would like to have a ash core with walnut wings, zebra wood for the top veneer, and a koa veneer for the headstock. Something in my gut tells me this will probably weigh a ton. Would I be correct in guessing that?

On the flipside, I believe I am going to make it a fret-less because in the past fretting and leveling frets have been my weakness. I am quite nervous about getting the neck angle right though and would love tips on this. I am going for simplicity on this project because the parameters are ambitious enough as it is and I will probably stick to a simple sting ray design (which I then have to hand carve). What does UG think of this plan?
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well, one thing i CAN tell you: DO NOT use ash for the neck. it WILL warp, as far as i know.

also, there is probably a type of bridge that does not require a neck angle. research that a little bit. if not, what i recomment doing is sanding or filing the neck pocket area to the correct angle, and then routing down from there.
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If making a neck angle seems to difficult for you, you can recess many types of bridges, which would remove the necessity of a neck angle.
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recessed bridge also looks cooler

cant believe i didnt mention that
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Hmm. I have never heard of a recessed bridge on a bass before but I can easily see what merits would be. On my two previous guitars I had to eventually play with neck shims on the electric and reset the acoustic which was one of the most tedious things I've ever done. Do you have any pictures of what this would look like on a bass because a quick google search showed nothing. Would walnut be too heavy to make a core out of?
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For a bass I would probably make the body heavy and keep the neck light.

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For a bass I would probably make the body heavy and keep the neck light.

I plan to test this theory very soon


Tey do make pool and snooker cues from Ash, so if it is natural warping he is talking about, then I should think it will be ok.
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I'm pretty sure just about any wood would (haha, wood would) be fine for a neck as long as it had a truss rod, two or so carbon fiber rods, and was laminated against itself for further support. Plus, don't forget the added support of the fretboard.

I'm looking forward to seeing this, it all looks good to me!
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If making a neck angle seems to difficult for you, you can recess many types of bridges, which would remove the necessity of a neck angle.

+1. Or, partially recessed bridge FTMFW!

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Tey do make pool and snooker cues from Ash, so if it is natural warping he is talking about, then I should think it will be ok.

I don't know about you, but I don't put 200+ pounds of tension on my pool cues.
#10
^exactly what i was thinking. baseball bats, for example: ash. they dont warp. but hit 'em with a 97mph fastball, and you can easily break it. thats if it hits suddenely. slowly applied, ala guitar/bass strings, it will bend.
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+1. Or, partially recessed bridge FTMFW!


I don't know about you, but I don't put 200+ pounds of tension on my pool cues.



Which is why I specified "if it is natural warping he is talking about", rather than tension related, which can be accommodated by the truss rod and carbons if required.

The point being, that an ash pool cue, is a thin single bit of wood thinner than a neck, but remains stable and straight.
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