The 5 String No Head Purpleheart People Eater

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Project by Anthony posted 02-28-2017 03:36 AM 3527 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I have been wanting to do for sometime. Many years ago I bought a Steinberger Spirit 5 String bass but found the body to be very uncomfortable. It spent most of it’s life in a case until I finally pulled it out and decided to build a new body, using the original neck and hardware. I went out to the shop with no real idea in mind and pulled out some craft paper, a French curve set and some straight edges and came up with the design you see.

The body is make of Alder with Purpleheart and Maple top. I made a MDF template of the body shape and after rough cutting it at the bandsaw a pattern cutting bit on the router table finished it to match my design, I also used templates to rout for the pickups, control cavity, bridge inset and neck pocket. Lots of routing…LOL. The finish was sprayed on, a new process for me. I purchased the Rockler HVLP spray system just for this and used General finish high performance water based clear. After sanding to 800 grit wet/dry sandpaper I progressed through 4000-12,000 grit micromesh pads to achieve the finish you see on the final bass. This was a new process for me and I am very happy with the results

I am happy to say that it sounds awesome and I look forward to using it in my band.

Thanks for taking a look.


-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 02-28-2017 04:26 AM

Nice work, Anthony!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 02-28-2017 02:34 PM

Beautiful job on the guitar, never seen a purple heart one before, it will make it unique and special. Finish must be out of this world, 12,000 grit, never heard of that either. Seems to me that would be like using the back side of sandpaper.
Nice instrument.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 02-28-2017 08:32 PM

This is a beautiful guitar and you’ve done a wonderful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 02-28-2017 08:38 PM

Very pretty.

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#5 posted 02-28-2017 10:46 PM

Very cool ! It’s a beauty…well done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#6 posted 03-01-2017 02:42 PM

Thanks for all the great comments. One of the things I love about Lumberjocks is the support from others that share our passion for woodworking.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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#7 posted 03-02-2017 02:19 AM

Looks great. And, from a fellow bass player and RUSH fan, love the qoute.

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#8 posted 03-03-2017 05:54 PM

Wonderful….... I hope her live voice…..

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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