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Budget Jazz Bass Build

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

  1. DavidV

    DavidV TDPRI Member

    Age:
    23
    23
    Dec 9, 2017
    Springfield, MO
    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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    Last edited: Apr 16, 2018

  2. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County

  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.
     

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