My second build. A bass guitar!

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  1. GPlo

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    The neck is bolted on.

    Here’s a first attempt at a pickguard. I used a dremel with a cutting wheel to roughly cut out the shape. Then used the little sanding drums to clean up the edges. Will probably make another template with slight adjustments to the shape.

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    I really like the body shape GPLo!

    I followed your first build which gave me many tips on my current first build

    This build seem to go so well and quickly. Well done
     
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    the bass is looking really nice. I like the fade you did on the finish.
    Please don't take this the wrong way - I don't mean to be critical... and I am no expert... it's just the bass looks really nice and the pickguard isn't quite there. Just one idiots opinion... so don't read too much into it. sounds like you are going to redo it anyway. It's a nice first attempt.

    You might try making an mdf template and getting the edge to follow the bass more closely, then trace that template with the material carpet-taped to the template and a bottom bearing bit.

    again, I hope this doesn't come off as discouragement at all: I think there is a ton of potential there and you can do it. just my 2 cents.

    great looking build!
     
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    Thank you sir, I appreciate the feedback. I agree. I am going to try it the way you suggest in your post or something similar. Your comment is not discouraging, quite the opposite in fact. Thanks!
     
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    Thanks Slowtwitch, I appreciate it. The fact that my build has helped someone else is so great to hear. I've been impressed with your progress as well.
     
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    As mistermikev suggested, I made an mdf template. I think I spent more time on this than making the body :’) Hopefully I’ll have time this week to finally make the real pickguard instead of working with mdf.
    Took 2 pictures but with bad lighting

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    That looks great!

    Not sure if anyone answered your earlier question, but it's much easier and safer to level crown and polish while the neck is off.

    Can't wait to see this one done!
     
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    Today I worked until 12 am to (almost) finish the pickguard. I stuck the template to the record and routed it out. Sanded the edges and fine tuned the area around the pocket. Now it's a matter of touching up the pickup cavity where the router bit couldn't go and carefully fine sand the edges of the pickguard.

    I found it surprisingly time consuming to do this. The pickguard is a custom shape and it took me a few tries to get the template right.Then the final adjustments to make it fit perfectly is also time consuming and kind of frustrating at times.

    I think it looks kinda cool. A bit weird maybe but that's ok, so's the guy I'm building this for.

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    Here you can see the etch-ike drawing on the record a little better



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