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Budget Jazz Bass Build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by DavidV, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. DavidV

    DavidV TDPRI Member

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    A friend texted me recently asking if I would help him build a bass guitar, I've got a few tools and have built one guitar but never a neck from scratch so it's going to be ambitious for me. I did buy a 22" aluminum radius beam but the rest of my tools are pretty low budget.

    To start, I bought some 8/4 poplar lumber from a local hardwood dealer as well as a jazz bass template from ebay.

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    The board was almost wide enough for a two part body, I'm just going to have to glue small blocks in the back. Since I don't have a jointer I chose the edges closest to square and did my best to true them up with a flat beam and 80 gritsandpaper. I think it came out well enough but took a loooong time. Below is the fit just before sanding.

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    Next is a quick homemade router sled, you can probably see how it works from the pictures.

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    It worked pretty well, the top is dead flat.

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    Here you can see the blocks I needed to get the correct width. The body is going to be painted so it shouldn't stand out.

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    Getting ready to rough out the shape with a jigsaw... A bandsaw is definitely next on my list of tools to buy, but that won't be until Grizzly's next tent sale.

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  2. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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  3. Preacher

    Preacher Friend of Leo's

    Apr 17, 2007
    Big D
    Looking good so far!

    I have built a couple of guitars out of Poplar and they sound the same as my ash and alder guitars.
     

  4. Kriticaster

    Kriticaster Tele-Meister

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    Very nice!

    You seem to know what you're doing... I'm looking forward to seeing your progress ;)

    subbed!
     

  5. mistermikev

    mistermikev Tele-Meister

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    noice work. looking good. just thought I'd mention: you can use a router and a straight edge to joint two pieces of wood if you have a bit that is long enough. Either way looks like you came out ok.
    cheers
     

  6. Looking good! Look forward to seeing more!

    Eric
     

  7. Macrogats

    Macrogats Tele-Afflicted

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    I second that, and me too!
     
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  8. DavidV

    DavidV TDPRI Member

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    Ask and you shall receive. I forgot to take most of the pictures along the way so this is all I have.

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    Test fit
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    Grain filling with shellac
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    Last color coat with ColorTone Sonic Blue
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    The friend I made the guitar for said to get funky with the headstock.

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    Lacquered Walnut fretboard with homemade "clay" dots. It's durham's water putty.
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    And she's finished:

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  9. Kriticaster

    Kriticaster Tele-Meister

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    Looks like a very nice build! Well done!!
     

  10. oldrebel

    oldrebel Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Oct 23, 2011
    Lynchburg Tennessee
    Looks great!! I really like the color.
     

  11. maxvintage

    maxvintage Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    A better alternative to durhams water putty would be to just buy a 1/4 inch plug cutter and cut plugs out of a piece of maple or other light wood. I suspect the durham's is going to fall out
     

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