1st bass

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Project by freighttrain posted 04-22-2014 03:19 PM 1734 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

here is my first attempt to make a bass guitar. I wanted to be able to play something I had made the body is hard maple with the front some tiger maple I found couldn’t afford the really pretty stuff. sure is expensive lol. had a lot of fun making this, never thought I could but you never know till you try. the neck is from the same piece of maple as the body the skunk strip and cover plate are walnut. the finish is laquer.plays pretty good and sounds good to. thanks for looking

-- freighttrain,ky

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#1 posted 04-22-2014 03:51 PM

Major achievement, looks real good. I assume you built and fretted the neck using the same wood as the body. Seeing it plays good and sounds good you must have came out with a good action and good notation. What brand and style pickups are you using from the back plate I suspect they are active pickups? You use some fine looking keys also, congratulations enjoy the fruits of your labor.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 04-22-2014 04:00 PM

no they are passive pick ups just standard j-bass setup yea notation was good. built and fretted neck the fretting was the only part that gave me any trouble but finally got it .should of bought a fret bender or made a better one but it worked ok thanks for your comments

-- freighttrain,ky

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#3 posted 04-22-2014 04:21 PM

Is the neck and head one piece? Nice job.

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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#4 posted 04-22-2014 04:22 PM

Oh, That kind of bass! Yours is bigger than mine. Nice job.

-- Quote from ebay tool listing: " Has nicks and dings wear and tear dust and dirt rust and pitting but in good working condition"

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#5 posted 04-22-2014 04:50 PM

no the head piece was too wide so I had to glue it up top and bottom but length wise it is one piece

-- freighttrain,ky

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#6 posted 04-22-2014 04:53 PM

picklehead I like that kind of bass too nice pic

-- freighttrain,ky

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#7 posted 04-22-2014 05:19 PM

Well done great looking base!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 04-22-2014 06:38 PM

looks good

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 04-22-2014 07:47 PM

Nice, would also like to make a working guitar… Only done a fake one so far…

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#10 posted 04-23-2014 11:30 AM

Outstanding. This is a beautiful piece. I have a guitar on my “Gotta do that sometime” list. I don’t play, but love the idea. A friend wants to make one, but he is looking for wood with the right kind of vibe in it. (Sounds like a musician/woodworker, doesn’t it?) We discussed a roadtrip to Mississippi to see if there is a lumberyard “at the crossroads” where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil and created the Blues.

-- Greg, from the Broke Yoke workshop

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