5 string single cut bass

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  1. crazygtr

    crazygtr Member

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    Hi I posted this some time ago on another forum and think it would break the ice for some low register, cheers.

    Hi, my name is Jose and I run a small shop in PR where I repair and build stringed instruments, mostly guitars. Recently my brother decided he wanted another custom made bass (we built his first custom several years ago) so
    I decided this was the opportunity to stop lurking and start posting. Some details:

    neck trough laminated neck (maple, 2 walnut strips, C/F)
    walnut wings (single cut design)
    flat radius ebony fretboard
    walnut pick up covers
    walnut capped maple knobs

    more details as the build progresses. Please excuse the crappy cel pics.

    First, the walnut, 2x8x5 (me on the left, bro on the right)
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    using templates to mark the cuts
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    body wings bandsawed (please ignore fretboard, just removed from another bass and wanted some attention)
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    more pics later, thanks
     
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  2. crazygtr

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    some more pics
    hard maple stock was 2x4x5 (lost pic), here's the maple along with walnut strips begging to be glued
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    brother squeezing out some glue
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    Me inspecting his work, (can't leave him alone for 5 secs, bad things can happen!)[​IMG]

    more later, thanks.
     
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  3. Jim Engen

    Jim Engen New Member

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    That's going to be a nice looking bass. I love the contrast of walnut and maple. That's some nice looking walnut. I'll be watching this one.

    Jim
     
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    I love walnut! My favourite wood for sure!

    Sweet bass! What's the scale length going to be?
     
  5. crazygtr

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    Thank you guys,
    @ jonny, it's a 34 inch scale.
     
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    Really digging the bodyshape!
    Nice, dynamic flowing lines.
     
  7. crazygtr

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    ^Thanks.
     
  8. crazygtr

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    Ok, time for some more pics.
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    After the neck lams cured, we cut, handplane and glued the scarf. Glued some scarf laminations a la' RAD from PG.[​IMG]
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    While the glue cured we went to work on the ebony, cutting fret slots and profiling
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    then after the scarf cured, routed the neck stock for T/R and C/F
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    carbon fiber rods glued and clamped
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    That's it for now guys, thanks for watching.
     
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  9. Barnaby

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    Love the shape too. You guys look like twins with the masks on...
     
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  10. crazygtr

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    Ha, Ha, actually we ARE twins (identical), it's just that I have a little more hair and a lot more weight than him. He doesn't post, but he's a regular lurker that has been influenced a lot by you. He now does a lot of work to his instruments with hand tools in his apartment. You're spreading a disease :rofl: Although I too admire you, I just won't let go my router. (and table saw, drill press, ROSS, jointer, band saw..........)
     
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  11. crazygtr

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    more work on the neck:

    profiled the neck stock on the back and sides
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    profiled the headstock
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    then profiled and glued the fingerboard, I like to use all the clamps and cauls that can fit.
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    glueing headstock veneer, the bone stock is used as a spacer
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    then my brother made this T/R cover out of some neck lam scraps, it will be installed with magnets[​IMG]

    thanks for watching, more later
     
  12. crazygtr

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    Small update:
    we glued some walnut to some maple and turned them on the drill press until they looked like knobs
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    could'nt resist the obligatory mock up
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    After running all the pieces through the jointer we checked the fit and marked aligment points
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    then the body wings were glued to the neck
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    used the body offcuts as cauls
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    more later, thanks for watching.
     
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    Looks really great! :yesway:
     
  14. crazygtr

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    Thank you!
     
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    Keep it up, looking great! Big fan of SC basses.
     
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  16. Barnaby

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    :rofl:

    You know, a few times now I've had people say this sort of thing and it always freaks me out a little bit. It's slightly disturbing to imagine that I might have influence over anyone at all - however slight - for any reason. :shock:

    The bass continues to amaze. The knobs look great!
     
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    This thread makes me want to start gluing things together. They probably wont look this nice though.

    Great work looking forward to seeing more!
     
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  18. crazygtr

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    Thanks guys, more pics later today. (working now)
     
  19. crazygtr

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    Allright guys, pics time:

    after taking the clamps of the body wings, (left them overnight to cure) we fired up the router and dived into the body for roundovers and pickup routs
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    after the front of the body was routed went for the back roundover and control cavity. You can see the cover plate whe did with some walnut and how does it work with the magnets, difference in color due to some finish tests.
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    after that could'nt resist some mock up shots with some hardware, maple knobs and walnut pickup covers made earlier (not boring you with details, you know how they're made, if you got questions just ask)
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    That's it for now guys, thanks for watching
     
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  20. BleedingGums

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    This is already a really nice looking instrument. As someone above mentioned, the contrast between walnut and maple is quite pleasing to the eye. I love the body shape, too.
     
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