4 String Bass Guitar

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Project by Anthony posted 06-19-2020 04:14 PM 724 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello, it has been a long time since I shared a project. I was furloughed from work in early April due to COVID-19 and wanted a project to keep me occupied for the 2 months I was expecting to be off. I have built several bass guitars before using pre-made necks and decided that it was time to build one entirely from scratch. I wanted something that would be visually striking with lots of contrast using different woods. I settled on Wenge, Brazilian Cherry and Ash for the body wings and Cherry and Makore for the neck. The fingerboard was the only piece I ordered that had any work done already, I had it pre-slotted for the frets.

The project was a great learning experience for several new skills, in particular hand carving the neck profile and doing inlay work with crushed Mother of Pearl for the fretboard dots. One very personal touch was the design for the headstock faux truss rod cover. During the build my mother passed away from Dementia and I had her initials laser engraved in a thin piece of Wenge and I inlaid some of her ashes into the letters and then mounted it on the headstock.

A very fun project and I have enough of the Wenge and Cherry left over to build a matching 6 string guitar in the future.

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

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#1 posted 06-19-2020 08:30 PM

Very interesting. Kind of a “Les Claypool” vibe happening there.
The contrasting wood looks great.
How does it play?

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#2 posted 06-19-2020 08:33 PM

That is one incredibly gorgeous bass guitar my friend!
Still have my old decrepit short neck musicmaster looking to be reborn. I can’t play worth a damn, but I’d love to bring it back to life with a little extra flair. If I ever get around to it, I’m going to be barraging you with PM’s.
If you’re smart, you’ll block me now…; )

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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#3 posted 06-19-2020 09:32 PM

Fivecodys, it plays great! Balances well, active electronics with the dual alinco humbuckers gives it a wide range of tones. Love it so far.

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

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#4 posted 06-20-2020 12:40 AM

WOW..very nice bass guitar!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#5 posted 06-20-2020 03:35 PM

Exquisite! I love it!!!

-- You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven - Jimi Hendrix

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#6 posted 06-20-2020 04:28 PM

Beautiful family heirloom. Great job!!

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#7 posted 06-23-2020 05:24 PM

Very nice Anthony! I like your choice of woods.

-- Darrel

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