Hi guys. I've decided to build my own bass and I was hoping to make something chambered. My idea is to cut the body shape out of three bits of wood (about 2/3 of an inch thick) and cut chambers out of the middle bit either side of the pickups and bridge routes. First off, is this a sound method of construction? I don't want it to just disintergrate! What really worries me is the neck and the string tension. With this method of construction will the the wood I use be strong enough to support the neck with the string tension? Assuming I use a decent hard wood.

Sorry if these are really n00bish questions, I've never done anything like this before.
It may be easier to just get 2 pieces, and route out a cavity in the bottom piece, then put another top over it. And as long as you have a sturdy place near the bridge and neck joint, you should be good, as they do things like that in semi-hollows all the time.


Quote by Spaz91
Just what I wanted to know thanks very much.

Now to find a place to get wood in the Uk without being robbed...

You could also try http://shop.ebay.co.uk/furnitureman929/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=25 - does a fair bit of Sapele for bodies.

Also http://shop.ebay.co.uk/surrey_tonewood_supplies/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=25 - Chris doesn't list everything so send him a message with your requests.

Both recommended!
Quote by lil PopTart kid
making it chambered seems pointless for a bass.

I disagree with this user more and more every time he posts something.

It's to make it lighter, man. Basses can get heavy with exotic woods.

OT: Keep in mind the upper horn has to hold the guitar on a strap as well.