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Unread 04-23-2012, 03:26 PM   #1
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First build!

Greetings from Finland!

I've been making a bass for myself for a while, and here's the story so far:

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  • 35" scale
  • 2x EMG 40DC
  • 5 strings
  • Wenge/teak/maple/walnut
  • Rosewood fretboard

The first design, soon to be modified:


The bottom one is the final design:


The inlay:










Wenge/teak/maple/teak/wenge sandwiches:



The center block is walnut/maple/walnut/maple/walnut and dyed bird's eye maple in between each layer:




Cutting the headstock angle:



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Unread 04-23-2012, 03:27 PM   #2
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The monsters:


Truss rod channel routing jig:




Body routing template:



Hair (?) shot:

(Hangs 50cm behind my back)

Body routing:

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Unread 04-23-2012, 03:35 PM   #3
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Really really really nice for a first time builder! Keep it up !
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DAT ROSEWOOD. Kinda looks too dark
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This is awesome. Loving the wood choices.
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.... now that is some insanely clean work man!
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Great choices of wood and a cool looking inlay! Can't wait to see this finish up.

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Those red laminates are a beautiful touch!

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Guess who has a chance to play this beast when it's completed :3
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This is looking beautiful! Hard to beleive it's a first build!

Is this... guitar?
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This is looking beautiful! Hard to beleive it's a first build!
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Can't wait to see it getting shaped so the sandwich layers will peek through and fulfill their destiny.
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A BIG thank you for everyone (I'll promise to make a guitar next )
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very nice grain with the woods. Good luck!
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Nice!

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Can't wait to see it getting shaped so the sandwich layers will peek through and fulfill their destiny.
This x1000.

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Agreed-
Can't wait to see it getting shaped so the sandwich layers will peek through and fulfill their destiny.
Me neither

Next friday I'll go get the other pup, no money for both at the moment Also, the Dimarzios for my Agile are on their way!
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Very nice work! And a cool way of routing the whole shebang using a one piece template.

I'm especially interested in how that low F# will work out on 35" scale.
I've been thinking of F# on my 7-stringer, but held back thinking 35" isn't enough.
Hopefully you'll make some sound clips

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Very nice work! And a cool way of routing the whole shebang using a one piece template.

I'm especially interested in how that low F# will work out on 35" scale.
I've been thinking of F# on my 7-stringer, but held back thinking 35" isn't enough.
Hopefully you'll make some sound clips
Thank you!
This bass has a 35" scale and is "especially built for F# tuning" so I think the scale lenght is enough.
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Pointless update: Today I'll go get the EMG and the fifth string
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I haven't been able to go to the workshop for a couple of weeks, so I've planned the next build a tiny bit. It's going to be a seven-string but almost everything about it is open. I'd like to hear some ideas
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Finally some progress
Some rounding:



The final outline of the fretboard:


At this point the bass got to see her future home for the first time. I think she likes it in here

Excessive use of tape:




No shaping of the neck yet:


The scarf-jointed piece isn't perfectly aligned, but will be covered with a veneer of some sort.


Some holes drilled:



And that's it for today! Hoping to get into routing the cavities soon.
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Unread 05-27-2012, 04:48 PM   #25
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Cool progress!

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I haven't been able to go to the workshop for a couple of weeks, so I've planned the next build a tiny bit. It's going to be a seven-string but almost everything about it is open. I'd like to hear some ideas
Bass or guitar?
If it's a bass, I'd recommend you examine your playing style/habits to determine how wide a neck will be playable.
My 7-string bass is fine up until 6-7th fret; after this it feels too wide for my size hands.
A slimmer neck with les string spacing at the bridge would partly remedy this.

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