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Over the last few months I have been in the process of building my own bass. It’s taken a bit longer than I first anticipated with work and other commitments getting in the way. But now I’m on the home stretch so I’ve decided to share with you all my build.
So first a bit of background, I decided to reuse the neck, which I defretted and hardware from my old Ibanez RD300. Everything on the RD was in good condition so that wasn’t a problem.
I didn’t want to use the RD’s pups though, so I went a got myself a set of Seymour Duncan SPB-3 pups.
Next I needed to get some timber for the body. Luckily my parents had recently taken down their old patio of 13 years and still had the jarrah beams, so I cut one of the beams to size and took it to a timber yard to get it cleaned up. (It was cheaper to get the timber place to do than for me to hire the equipment and do it myself)

With all of this sorted out it was time to begin.
I started on the neck first.
Defretting.




Filling the gaps.




Painting the neck.






I’ve got some pics of the neck with fretboard finished and the tuners on which I’ll post when I find.


With the neck sorted I moved onto the body.
The original piece of timber.


Here’s the body cut out.


The pick up routing and neck pocket.



That’s all the pics I have for the body atm. I have since shaped and sanded the body and drilled holes for all of the electronics. Again I’ll post pics when I find them, if I can’t I’ll take some new ones this afternoon.
Last edited by 24fRETSoFfURY at May 19, 2008,
#4
lol thats aight im borrowing parts of the mock design next year for a neckthru 5 build around a hipshot bridge lol
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#5
Please tell me that you didn't fill the fretholes with wood filler. If so, then you're in for a whale of a time stringing it. By filling the holes with wood filler (which compresses), you compromise the structural integrity of the neck. The neck will pull forward until it is hopelessly warped (no truss rod can handle THAT much stress) and possibly fracture at the point of the holes.

The old fretholes should be filled with something hard; either a plastic, wood, or resin (I've heard good things about epoxy).

I only mention this because it is a common mistake, and you didn't mention just what the fretboard was filled with.

Edit: I just noticed clippers and a pile of thin wood strips in the background of that picture. It's a HUGE relief. Awesome build, then.
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#6
I found some more pics. I started putting the oil on the body. There will be a good few coats of that and then a few of clear finish i think.
I'll try to get some more progress pics up at the end of the week.

Damn, I forgot to resize the pics.
Fixed.
Last edited by 24fRETSoFfURY at May 19, 2008,
#8
looks beautiful. keep up with the progress, and dont ever stop taking pictures.
#9
diggin' the body shape, i'm all about the vampyre.

metal body shapes on basses make me bust out of the front of my shorts.
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#10
@ this guy its a bass shape from memory i dont think its been used on a guitar before
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#11
*UPDATES*
So I’m about half way through finishing the body. I just sanded back the second coat of oil and applied the third coat (of about 5-6 coats).
I took some pics before I put on the third coat on and there is quite a difference between pictures with the flash off and on.

After 2 coats, flash off.


After 2 coats, flash on.


The actual colour is somewhere in between the two.

Also, here is the neck finished with the tuners on.


And the customary down the neck shot.


I should have more pics up on the weekend
#13
Quote by DeAd-RiP
@ this guy its a bass shape from memory i dont think its been used on a guitar before


Sorry?

deinitely not:
a) a guitar (it's a bass)
b) original.

still, mad cred for making this.
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#15
what's the body wood?
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what's the body wood?



Next I needed to get some timber for the body. Luckily my parents had recently taken down their old patio of 13 years and still had the jarrah beams, so I cut one of the beams to size and took it to a timber yard to get it cleaned up. (It was cheaper to get the timber place to do than for me to hire the equipment and do it myself)


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#17
ahh!
i hate when i miss things like that!
anyway, nice job
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#18
Here's a bit of info on jarrah.

The timber is deep red to red-brown, medium hardness and heavy, generally straight grained but sometimes contains fiddle back (also called curly) grain. Can contain pockets of dry brown sap.

The density of jarrah ranges from about 820 kg/m3 (air dry) down to about 670 kg/m3.
#19
I love that shape! Also, did you say you wanted to put clear over the oil? Uhm.. can you do that?
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#20
IMO, you should've shaped the upper horn to be abit more curved (like a bevel but sorta rounded), but its still an awesome build! Love the pic withe the 3rd coat - just so .... lush...

Sorry but im not digging the headstock, but its yours , so as long as you like it....

Love the body though, Amazing Stuff
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Quote by Øttər
I love that shape! Also, did you say you wanted to put clear over the oil? Uhm.. can you do that?


It was just an idea, atm I'm not going to put anything on after the oil but I would like to know if I need to finish the oil with something. Help any one?

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Sorry but im not digging the headstock, but its yours , so as long as you like it....


Yeah it's not my favourite shape either, it's just the stock shape form the RD300. I couldn't think of a design to replace it but the way I see it I can always change it later.

Thanks for the comments guys.
I'll be doing another coat of oil this afternoon. Hopefully I'll have some more pics for you all in a few days.
#24
Dayyym that is sweet body shape, Would be pretty cool to have a guitar body that shape too I guess.

Well nice build in genral you got there...
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#25
BASSLINES QUARTERPOUNDER!?

YES!

great pickup, should sound mint on this beast!
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#27
I got the bass assembled last weekend and wired it up mid week, I would have posted some finished pics earlier but my camera died. So, anyway here it is.







I love the tone I get out of this thing, a nice thick mellow tone, awesome.
My next task is to do some recording. I'll update this thread with some sound clips when I get it sorted.
#28
Looks great man. Just wish the headstock matched the body lol. But other than that, great job
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#29
Quote by forstringwonder
Looks great man. Just wish the headstock matched the body lol. But other than that, great job


Yeah I know, I've decided I'm going to reshape it and add a logo to it later on. I would have done it before I put it together but I was hanging out to string it up and play it.
#31
you should have put a j pick up in iy to pick up more harmonics
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#32
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Evil! How much does that beast weigh?

Good job!



It weighs about 6kg, which is about 13 pounds. It's fairly weighty but not to heavy, it is the heaviest of all my basses though.

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you should have put a j pick up in iy to pick up more harmonics


I looked into it but I decided to just keep it simple. This build was really a test run to see what goes into making a guitar, which is why I reused most of the parts from my Ibanez.
I plan on making another bass from scratch, including the neck, which will be a bit more elaborate than this one.
Last edited by 24fRETSoFfURY at Jun 22, 2008,
#33
Looks great




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#34
Nice. Though in all honesty, I'm not digging the scoop out of the bottom. IMO it would be better rounded off...still badass though. Makes me want to go order the wood right now for my Epi Lp to Jaguar conversion...
#36
Love it dude, although have you forgotten the strap buttons?

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#38
Quote by superslash1994
Love it dude, although have you forgotten the strap buttons?

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Sort of. I have the strap buttons but I half decided not to/ half forgot to put them on. I'll mostly be playing it sitting down for the moment so it's not an issue. I will put them on at some stage though.
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