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Hey, i am currently making a bass, its my first attempt at making anything so avice would be greatly appriciated.
Anywho, i got the neck off ebay, its bassicly a P bass neck with no decal, seems pretty good quality. For the body I got some African mahogany also from ebay.
I have decided on the body shape, its one i designed myself and have started cutting it out, my options have been reduced to a coping saw so its taking a while especialy as i just snapped the blade. should be able to get a new one tomorow though.

1st question. I want to wire it like this;

http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/wiring-diagrams/schematics.php?schematic=p_j_bass_blend

but what type of pot is the blend controll and where could i find one?

Thanks for any help.

Oh and no pictures yet, my parents are on holiday and took the camera with them

Edit: would I be right in thinking its just a stereo pot?

2nd Edit: i thought i'd add some specs.
bolt on maple neck with rosewood fretboard
African mahogany body
P bass pickup in the neck/middlish and Jazz bass pickup in the bridge with master volume and master tone and a blend controll.
all hardware (and pickups and stuff) will be from GFS and chrome but im thinking about making knobs out of remaining mahogany.
Last edited by Pink_Zeppelin at Jan 30, 2008,
#3
you mean start a new thread? there is a button right under the list of threads on a forum page
#4
wowz, complex.

ask in gear and accessories maybe?

theres some knowlegable guys there who might know where to get one
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#5
thanks but i'd rather not make two threads on the same thing.
I got some new blades and shall continue cutting the body soon.
could anyone conferm that it is a stereo pot?
#6
No one seems particularly interested but here's a small update:

Nearly 3 hours and 2 blades later I just finnished cutting out the basic shape. i'll be planing and sanding and stuff to finnish off the shape tomorow.
#7
holy god you cut it with a coping saw, do you have a router, if you dont what tools do you have i could help you by giving you ideas on what to use.
#8
haha yeah it was a bit of a bugger but i dont have a ban saw and th jigsaw blade was to short, wasnt so bad.
I Have a router, electric planer and electric sander and drill, think i got pretty much everything else i need but thanks for the offer!
Last edited by Pink_Zeppelin at Jan 21, 2008,
#11
sorry parents wont be back till saterday so no pics till then. although i will see what i can do with my phone camera.
#12
My dad didnt want me to use the router when he wasnt there. anywho its done now.

Small update;
i finnished shaping the body, just need to sand it all smooth.

still no pics sorry but i should be able to get some tomorow although there wont be any of anything before where i am now.
#13
Normal pot. Has three contacts. One pickup wil attach to one side, the other to the other side. In the middle is the lead that will go to your jack.
#14
thanks, but how would that wire up with the maser volume and tone?
its not a normal pot the diagram linked in the 1st post has.
sorry im a bit of an fool with guitar wiring.
#18
Thanks, hope it turns out half as good as your strat build.

Pics:

http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc163/Pink_Zeppelin_album/DSCF0129.jpg

Close up
http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc163/Pink_Zeppelin_album/DSCF0128.jpg

neck in (just placed, not bolted)
http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc163/Pink_Zeppelin_album/DSCF0126.jpg

close up
http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc163/Pink_Zeppelin_album/DSCF0127.jpg

I'll be ordering the hardware and pickups as soon as my dad gives me my money, for some reason my work payed him instead of me... :S
#21
whats the fun in that lol. j/k its a pretty important step, i wouldnt wanna mess it up on my first build either.
#23
Quote by Pink_Zeppelin
I should get payed on tuesday so i'll be ordering the hardware as soon as possible, would i be right in thinking that these would be to small for bass strings?
http://store.guitarfetish.com/tenivispstfe.html

if so, does anyone know where i could get bass ferrules and a stereo pot, preferably in the UK or euope?

Thanks

You'd need Bass ferrules ... those are about a buck a piece if not less, at most. The stereo pots are about $10. Most guitar shops here in the US sell those. If they're not available locally, check online or eBay?

So far it looks good!

#24
ta, I'll have a look around online, gutar shops over here seem less inclined to sell parts like that.
#25
Most of the parts came today, just need ferrules and stereo pot.

But i have a problem; the holes for the tuners are too big for the tuners i have. can anyone suggest a solution?

Edit: would it be easier to send them back and replace them with larger tuners?
bear in mind im in the UK.
Last edited by Pink_Zeppelin at Oct 1, 2007,
#28
I have looked there, they only have a 500k sereo pot and oly guitar ferrules. thanks anyway.
I've routed the bridge pickup hole now. too dark to take pics now though.

Edit: Allparts had ferrules and pot instock so they are now ordered
Last edited by Pink_Zeppelin at Oct 3, 2007,
#29
Ok, havn't updated in ages, progress has been quite slow but is now very close to completion.

The body is finnished and i just applies the 1st coat of danish oil.

Back:


Front:


I've stripped the neck of its old finnish and have given it a tung oil finnish, so all thats left is assembly and electronics so it shouldn't be long at all.
Last edited by Pink_Zeppelin at Jan 16, 2008,
#30
This might just be the way the grain looks under the light, but it looks like there are a couple bits on the outside of the horns that need sanded some more...

Cool build though
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#32
Interesting body shape you've got there. Quite distinctive, but easy on the eye as well. Nice one.
It's looking good so far!
#34
Thanks guys, I wasn't sure if people would like it or not.
Just done the fourth coat. another four should be enough i think.
#35
Looks pretty sweet!

Almost Warwickish, I like it a lot!
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#36
Its all finnished exept sting retainer, strap buttons and strings. I was going to wait till it was completely done to post pics and stuff but the strings are taking a while to come, i ordered them from banzaieffects.com along with some other stuff for my guitar about 2 weeks ago and the order is still processing. I'll try and get some pics up later.

Edit: Took some pics but the lighting is bad so quality isnt great but it'll do till I get the strings and stuff.







Don't know why I took this one. But i did so thought i might aswell put it up here.


Oh yeah and it hasn't got any knobs yet either, that one is from my old guitar.
Last edited by Pink_Zeppelin at Jan 16, 2008,
#37
The strings finally came. It still needs string guide and knobs, and I’m going to put on the strap buttons later.
There's quite a bit of neck bow, I've tightened the truss rod a little, how long should I wait before adjusting it again? And should I leave the strings lose or tighten them up?








#38
FEEEEEEEEET!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nice build dude, seriously makes me wanna build a bass as well but i dont got access to many tools
#39
haha yeah, I thought I'd keep to the UG tradition.

You dont realy need alot of tools, they make it easier but aren't completely necessary. A router, electric planer, electric sander and drill are the only power tools I used. But i dont recomend cutting out the body with a coping saw, it's hard work.
#40
It's all finnished now, got new knobs and a string guide. I might get a new nut sometime but overall I'm very happy with it. I'll get more pics if people want them.
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