Wood Inlay in a Bass Guitar

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Project by MaxSupernova posted 05-05-2017 12:27 PM 1666 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was an old Samick Saturn bass that I got as a bag of loose parts for $30. The previous owner had scraped all the paint off and was going to rebuild it but gave up. I have always wanted to try sprucing up a guitar, so it seemed the perfect opportunity.

I made a pair of videos that show the jig that I used to cut the radial lines and the rest of the process:

Part 1

Part 2

-- It's all about the small stuff....

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#1 posted 05-05-2017 02:34 PM

A beautiful reclamation. I like the design.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#2 posted 05-05-2017 05:14 PM

That bridge looks an awful lot like my Ibanez SR480!

Never played a Samick but always heard great things about them. And that one really looks good.

Were you able to get it set up properly? If not, or if you have no idea what I am talking about, check out this article, it might help…

I’ve been really drooling over one of these in a fretless for a while…

(That one is mine). I am a huge fan of the 3 tone burst finishes… and I am NOT about to hack my fretted PJ. They have this one in a black fretless, or another one like this but fretted… Been SERIOUSLY considering grabbing a second fretted model and defretting it, maybe using walnut for the lines… At the cost of an SX neck, might be worth it…

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#3 posted 05-05-2017 05:59 PM

Actually, the bass itself was pretty bad. I never really got it set up properly because the electronics were absolute garbage and I never got more than a thin sound out of it.

My plan was to replace the electronics and then work out the setup, but I had an opportunity to trade it for a full electronic drum kit for my son, so I did that. :)

My usual player is an 80’s Ibanez SDGR SR800LE in Jewel Blue.

Buying an old bass and converting it to fretless has been near the top of my list to try too. We should keep in touch about progress on that…

-- It's all about the small stuff....

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#4 posted 05-05-2017 07:13 PM

I don’t play the guitar myself but this surely is a beautiful instrument. I love the design and the wonderful wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 05-05-2017 09:23 PM

Nice job, the rays work. Maple veener needs just a little sanding to fit the fret slots for a fretless conversion. The biggest worry is a clean fret extraction.

I have a Bartolini set of Jazz pickups I was going to use on this single cut bass, until I cracked the drop top at the armrest bend. The bass will now get stewmac golden age P’s, by all reports very good pickups, original specs. The Barts are going on a Music Man Big Al style body

Music Man Albert Lee signature model guitar, just to show the body lines.

Big Al Bass

My single cut getting the P’s

I’ll use something very close to this headstock on the Big Al

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