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Easy bass build?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by papaschtroumpf, Sep 26, 2017.

  1. papaschtroumpf

    papaschtroumpf Tele-Holic

    Nov 24, 2015
    I have only one bass, obviously this is a problem, what if it has a problem? I could be stuck without a bass ;)

    In other words, I feel like making a bass. From scratch. The only way I get into parts builds is when I get at least some of the pieces for close to free e.g. gifts (one can dream) or parts from broken instruments, and I don't happen to have any spare bass part on hand.

    Are certain basses easier to make from scratch than others? I was thinking about a laminated neck through, does it present particular challenges?

    Since I'm still working on my first (guitar) neck, it is of course the scariest part of the build.

    I likely won't get started till the spring, but I'm starting to research "good value" hardware and electronics to put them on my Christmas list. I was thinking about going fancy with the wiring, something like the G&L basses.

  2. RickyRicardo

    RickyRicardo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 27, 2012
    Calgary, Alberta
    I built 2 P-basses for a friend a couple of years ago. One was a P/J bass so it had the standard P bass pickups plus a J bass bridge pickup. For wiring it's one tone and two volumes. They were both made with high quality parts and some nice wood so they were a healthier price compared to using regular parts. They turned out really nice and she is really happy with both. She never plays her Am Std anymore and it's a nice bass. I've built quite a few Strats from friend requests and found the bass builds to be very similar. You're dealing with everything bigger and longer on the neck side of course. I've never done a laminated neck so I can't comment on that.

    Let me know if you have any questions. I'm not experienced in basses and don't play one but if you need help I can try.
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  3. Preacher

    Preacher Friend of Leo's

    Apr 17, 2007
    Big D
    Mark builds really cool necks for his builds. I am going to steal a few of his ideas on one of my next builds.

    The laminated neck option with a truss rod makes a whole lot of sense to since plywood is going to create a less prone to warping and stronger option than maple would.

  4. maxvintage

    maxvintage Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    Arlington, VA
    A solid body bass is basically identical to a solid body guitar in terms of construction. Bigger materials, longer scale length, but otherwise the same. A 51 style pbass is about the easiest I guess: One straight pickup, small cavity, no contour cuts

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