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Two String Electric Bass

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Jerry Lee, May 30, 2018.

  1. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    While doing research for the cigar box uke build I came across a pdf from an old magazine on how to make an electric bass. Not exactly a P-Bass but too cool.
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  2. bettyseldest

    bettyseldest Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 13, 2011
    UK
    Looking forward to your build thread!!
     
  3. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    I didn't have a piece of wood long enough for the fingerboard and all my local hardware store had that was long enough was a door threashold. 1/4" thick by 1 1/2" wide and 36" long. Perfect except for the predrilled screw holes but that only add to the funky factor. 20180529_200346.jpg I drilled them out and plugged them with a dowel.
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    Cut them flush and sanded flat.
     
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  4. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    I had some pine laying around so I cut two pieces to length to use for the body. 20180530_014853.jpg
    You can just barely make out the body outline.
     
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  5. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    That looks like the companion to the 1959 mechanix illustrated guitar I posted a couple years back.
     
  6. Minimalist518

    Minimalist518 Tele-Afflicted

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    Mar 5, 2017
    Albany
    What?!?! Subscribed!
     
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  7. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Feb 23, 2010
    East Tennessee
    I believe that is EXACTLY what it is if memory serves :D
     
  8. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
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  9. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

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    Mar 5, 2009
    Georgetown, TX
    I could definitely be happy with this. I pretty much live on the E and A strings, anyway (as most people do). In fact I could just do with an A string. :cool:
     
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  10. drf64

    drf64 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    Jul 24, 2009
    Ada, MI
    When it's finished I would like to hear you play "la poloma" and "when the saints go marching in" at your home or party jam session.
     
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  11. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    I know. It might be one string too many but the second string will come in handy if I want to play something flashy.
    :D
     
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  12. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA


    Party time!!!
     
  13. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    I had some time while I wait for the glue to dry on another project to do a little work on this one.
    First step is to get the two pieces of pine nice and flat for the glue up.
    That means the Corian sanding block and a good upper body workout. ;)
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    The basic technique I use is to mark the wood with colored chalk and sand until the chalk marks are gone. These blocks have pencil marks for the center line and the body outline so that will do.
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    Sand and check. Sand and check.
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    Sand some more.
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    When the lines are gone the board should be flat amd true.
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    Smear with Titebond.
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    And clamp. Glad I made these spool clamps a few years ago.
     
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  14. Chordophonic

    Chordophonic Tele-Meister

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    Oct 4, 2013
    Isle of Wight UK
    Subscribed to this! Just noticed in the original image, that it is played upright style........interesting project...
     
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  15. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    Yep. Played upright style with a door stop for peg. :)
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  16. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    Considered it myself from the same plans.
     
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  17. Jerry Lee

    Jerry Lee Tele-Afflicted

    May 29, 2011
    La Crescenta, CA
    Doooo eeettt!!!
     
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  18. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    Probably will.:lol:
     
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