Bass Guitar

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Project by Kent Shepherd posted 05-28-2009 11:17 PM 3489 views 4 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Next to my lovely wife of almost 38 yrs, my kids (and GRANDDAUGHTER) and my faith, my two greatest passions are Music and Woodworking I guess it’s natural to combine those two, so here it is, My second custom Bass Guitar. I play it every Sunday with our Praise Band at church. What a joy for me. —-The playing and the building.

The bass is built on an Alder back, with Thuya Burl as the main wood on the face. Hard maple lined up with the neck, with Bubinga and maple veneer accents. Layered between the face and back are ebony and maple veneer. I used a Carvin neck, and their hardware and electronics. Sounds and plays great. Hope you enjoy


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#1 posted 05-28-2009 11:26 PM

Fantastic looking Base Kent. Thanks for sharing. I have a goal of making a bass and a guitar for my son.
Any pointers or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#2 posted 05-28-2009 11:47 PM

Hey Kent
Your really putting the pressure on ,how can we keep up with great jigs , beautiful guitars. What next a wooden car. LOL Hey that’s a eye popper wow great job.


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#3 posted 05-29-2009 12:42 AM

Nice job : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 05-29-2009 01:03 AM

Beautiful guitar, Kent. I’ve built one electric, solid body 6 string, and want to build a bass someday. This one definitely sets the standard. Thanks for the post.

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matt garcia

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#5 posted 05-29-2009 01:29 AM


-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#6 posted 05-29-2009 01:30 AM

Were you a luthier in a past life? :-) That is a beautiful instrument


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#7 posted 05-29-2009 01:58 AM

Fantastic!! Wow, if you play as well as you design and build you must be very good on that bass. That is so beautiful!!............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 05-29-2009 03:00 AM

Absolutely spectacular. Any musician would be proud to have that in their collection. Luckily you get to combine both passions, music and woodworking.

What kind of heavy duty finish goes on one of those?

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#9 posted 05-29-2009 03:58 AM

great looking bass….love the coloring, I play in church as well and play a 5 string, love the low B…...very well done

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#10 posted 05-29-2009 04:13 AM

very nice, very nice, very nice, could’nt think of anything else to say…

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 05-29-2009 04:28 AM

That’s a gorgeous instrument!

I have to confess to feeling a little dumb…having played guitar for over 40 years, I never realized there was such a thing as a five-string bass.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 05-29-2009 05:20 AM

Excellent workmanship Kent.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 05-29-2009 05:39 AM

Is it a neck through or a bolt on? Did you make the neck or buy it from Stewart Macdonald?Either way nice job I only ask because I’m trying to figure out how to build the jig to shape the neck.

-- Nothing's just gets expensive

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Kent Shepherd

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#14 posted 05-29-2009 03:45 PM

Hacksaw, It is a bolt on. I ordered it from Carvin Guitars. I have two more bodies glued up, and will make the necks for them.

Durnik150, I used nitrocellulose lacquer with a hand rubbed finish. It’s not real durable, but it makes a gorgeous
finish. I baby it when I play, but I guess I would anyway, even with a tough finish.


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#15 posted 05-29-2009 06:52 PM

Beautiful combinations of wood and design. Amazing burl. Great looking guitar.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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