A first for me: A pretty sweet bass build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by RogerC, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire

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    This one will be full of firsts:

    *first bass build
    *first carved top
    *first f-holes

    And here are the specs:

    *Based on Fender Starcaster
    *5 string, 35" scale
    *Maple/walnut 5-piece neck
    *Chambered Mahogany back w/ flamed maple top
    *Seymour Duncan MusicMan style bridge pickup
    *Seymour Duncan JB neck pickup
    *Volume, Blend, Treble, Mid, Bass wiring harness
    *Black hardware

    Here's the plan I'll be starting from.

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    I just ordered all the hardware and electronics, so now I just need to buy the wood and get started...
     
  2. lbridenstine

    lbridenstine Friend of Leo's

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    Sounds like it should be really nice! I'll be following along.
     
  3. Glen Smith

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    Alright, another Roger Special !
     
  4. jamorudd

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    Nice! I've actually toyed with the idea of building one of these in the not too distant future. My girlfriend and I have have an agreement that if I build her a bass, she will learn to play it for helping me lead worship at church. Her only requirements are that it should be very light, an attractive shape, and green, preferably sparkly green.

    This design seemed like one that could easily meet all those, so I'll be following along closely.
     
  5. OpenG Capo4

    OpenG Capo4 Friend of Leo's

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    35" is even longer than the P/Jazz bass scale. You may want to scale the body up a bit to be proportionate, if you haven't already.

    Sounds like a awesome build.
     
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    Yeah, baby!
     
  7. TeleSky

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    Subscribed! Soooo looking forward to this one.
     
  8. musky55

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    Here is a bass I built. Semi-hollow body, all maple, fretless with ebony fingerboard.
     

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    I'm really looking forward to this one!
     
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    Looks great! Good to challenge yourself!
     
  11. RogerC

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    Thanks, Lisa.

    This being my first bass, I hope it turns out 1/2 as good as my other guitars :lol:.

    Go for it, Jamison! This one kind of has the same requirements, except for being green :D

    Thanks, Eric. We're going with a 35" to help give it a better B. I've got a great friend who's my go-to gear guru, and we hashed out the details together. I'll definitely check out scale when I get the plan printed up this weekend. Thanks for the heads-up.

    :D

    Thanks, TS.

    Thanks, Chris. I was hoping to go wood shopping this Friday, but it looks like I'll be working instead. I guess it'll be the first Friday in December before I'll be starting the wood work.
     
  12. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire

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    That's what people keep telling me :lol:
     
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    Is there as specific mahogany you're planning to use? I like African and sapele for the look and ease of finishing but if you don't mind pore filling, spanish cedar is a treat to work and is light weight to boot.
     
  14. allen082

    allen082 Friend of Leo's

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    I used sapele on one my last builds. I think it would look great with flamed maple. Also I like the smell... :D
     
  15. RogerC

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    Ok, so I know nothing about basses. Luckily my gear guy is primarily a bassist, and I was just talking to him. Turns out I was confused :eek:. He said that with how I'm building the neck, the 34" scale will be fine. So 34" it is :rolleyes: ...

    I'm beginning to hate basses :lol:

    I was leaning toward some nice ribbon sapele, but I've not used it before. What's the weight like because that's a big consideration on this build.

    That's the direction I'm leaning...
     
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    The sapele I've handled was by far the heaviest of the three but the weight in mahogany varieties can be all over the place between one board and the next. It'll be a hefty neck so that might not be such a bad thing.
     
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    Ribbon sapele!!! I dunno if you saw my scrap bass build but there were quite a few different mahogany species. The sapele was by far my favorite.

    So count my vote for sapele :)
     
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    Roger, the good news is that a 34" scale bass you can use your Fender scale template for the frets over #3 I think it is and then hand measure the first 2 or 3. I did this in my challenge build this year. Did not want to buy a fret template for just the one use. In hind sight I should have only bought the bass template and used it for guitars and basses.

    Good luck on the build. The design is nice and you will love acomplishing all of these firsts.
     
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    Here's a chunk of mahogany I picked up at the wood sale in town last time. No clue what kind it is, but it's got beautiful, straight grain. It's now in the process of becoming a thinline Tele. It was definitely a better deal than what can be had at Woodcraft.

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