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Another bass guitar that I built (this was actually the first bass that I built). Again using a pre-made neck, hardware and electronics from Carvin. It is a passive bass (no electronic pre amp or active electronics) and is wired up using two Jazz Bass pickups.

The body wings are made of solid Black Walnut. The neck is Maple with an Ebony fingerboard. The bass is finished with 5 coats of Tung oil. I do not fill the pores in the wood because I like to see and feel the texture of the walnut.

A very sweet sounding bass that pretty much matches the tones of my Fender Jazz bass.

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Very Cool!! I am not familiar at all with electric guitars. Does wood selection change the tone like it does with acoustic?
 

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very cool- getting the neck is definitely key. Does it go the whole way through the bass? like a continuous neck? or is it two separate pieces?
 

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beautiful! I love walnut. I priced some of their ready made necks and their pricing seems to be decent. thanks again for sharing
 

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Tooch, the neck goes the entire length of the body. I prefer neck through basses, I like the sustain and clarity that you get from neck thru.
 

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Hey SheriDi! Yes the wood does make a difference. Some of the most common "tone" woods that you will find used are Alder (Fender uses this for the majority of their guitars), Mahogany (often found in Gibson Les Pauls), Swamp Ash, and Basswood.

The density of the wood has a lot to do with the tone it will impart on the guitar. A lighter wood like Alder will offer a somewhat brighter tone. While denser wood like Mahogany is somewhat darker with warm overtones.

I have basses made from all of these different woods and can definitely tell the difference.
 

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Beautiful bass guitar. I used to play the bass guitar, late 60's, I see yours & want to make one.
 

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Fantastic bass guitar! Like the gorgeous walnut and awesome finish. Great job!
 
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