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beatle Bass plans, anyone

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by mindwave, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. mindwave

    mindwave Tele-Meister

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    Sep 16, 2011
    orlando
    Ive been thinkinh about a copy of a hofner beatle bass, you know which ones I' m talking bout, AKA violin bass?

    looking for some plans , or if someone has actually built one yet

    always wanted a bass, and though tfender basses are much simpler, I think I neeed a little 'extra'
     
  2. bcarter_1

    bcarter_1 Tele-Holic

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    Feb 27, 2011
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    My son has one, is a cheap version... has hofner on headstock, but I can take measurements or pics as needed.
     
  3. Glen Smith

    Glen Smith RIP

    Aug 20, 2011
    Canada
    How about this?
     

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  5. jpbturbo

    jpbturbo Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 30, 2010
    Banner Elk, NC
    It's really more of a Viola bass.
     
  6. Barncaster

    Barncaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 3, 2010
    Santa Rosa, CA
    Thanks Scatter,

    That just made my morning. :)

    Rob
     
  7. fluid69

    fluid69 Tele-Holic

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    May 13, 2010
    usa
    Such a cool vid scatter! Ive never seen so many special presses before. And what about that glue/roller box? I could see that being pretty handy. I think the thing that amazed me the most was the huge pattern bit they were using on the headstocks. I was waiting for a piece of the headstock to go flying across the room!

    "If you want rules, read the IRS tax code. If you want to build guitars, make some sawdust." -Colt W. Knight
     
  8. tdoty

    tdoty TDPRI Member

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    Oct 17, 2011
    Opelika, AL
    Did that dude freehand the fret slots?????? I have to use a miter box for slotting, a square at the least!

    Great video. Thanks for posting that, Scatter!
     
  9. Scatter Lee

    Scatter Lee Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 30, 2008
    follow the buzzards
    all kinds of cool tricks in that vid, one of these days i might try to make a scattervarius hollowbody like that :twisted:
     
  10. LeftyAl

    LeftyAl Friend of Leo's

    Mar 24, 2010
    Fl.
    Thanks,great video
     
  11. Cat MacKinnon

    Cat MacKinnon Friend of Leo's

    Nov 13, 2011
    Colorado
    wow, that video was awesome! but yikes, those spindle moulders scare the crap out of me! i'd probably lose half my fingers my first day on the job!

    it's pretty cool to see how efficient the factory can be without any CNC...then again, i guess the Germans have never been inefficient! also: that's probably the cleanest guitar factory ever. i was surprised to see how much work they did after the bass was finished. i also was totally unaware that those pickups weren't routed into the body at all.

    that's got to be one of the coolest guitar factory videos i've ever seen (minus the slightly tacky Beatles cover tunes ;)
     
  12. fluid69

    fluid69 Tele-Holic

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    May 13, 2010
    usa
    There really was some cool tricks in that vid.

    Tdoty, i think that board he was pushing down on the fretboard right before he was sawing the frets, marked the fretboard for the fret slots and the marker dots.

    "If you want rules, read the IRS tax code. If you want to build guitars, make some sawdust." -Colt W. Knight
     
  13. tdoty

    tdoty TDPRI Member

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    Oct 17, 2011
    Opelika, AL
    I saw where the board he pushed down on the fretboard left imprints for the fret lines and marker dots.....but he did the cuts without a guide and drilled for the dots with a cordless drill!

    On my first neck, I used a drill press and still managed to get one tuner hole just a tad out of line. I made several practice fretboards before getting down to the real thing, and several of them got junked by mistakes using the miter box.

    Scary, you wanna talk scary? The big saw thing used for cutting the sides to size! You can get a good view at around 1:42.

    Lots of inspiration in that video, though.
     
  14. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Feb 23, 2010
    East Tennessee
    That crew (for lack of a better term) has been together as I understand it for a long time. They are one of the few still doing things that way and it's reflected in the price of the real thing. These and the cheap copies look very similar but play and sound completely different. What I've been dying for (for years) is one of their long out of production guitars ;)


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    The Kent brand once had a whole line..................bass.................guitar and mandolin.................Ahhh those were the days :lol:
     
  15. fluid69

    fluid69 Tele-Holic

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    May 13, 2010
    usa
    Dang dave, i dont think ive ever seen that guitar before. Too cool. Maybe we should commission scatter to build us a pair. LOL.

    "If you want rules, read the IRS tax code. If you want to build guitars, make some sawdust." -Colt W. Knight
     
  16. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    57
    Feb 23, 2010
    East Tennessee
    Yeh, and it doesn't have that stupid rectangular control plate either ;).


    Oh, and whatever you do, don't click this LINK :lol:
     
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