Dusty Hill Style T-bass

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  1. The Crash Cowboy

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    A friend bought a second hand Allparts Tele bass neck. He asked me to build a body to it, using the (ridiculously expensive) Fender Custom Shop Dusty Hill Signature Precision as an example. So I started the works. My friend bought a piece of abachi wood.

    The Dusty Hill Signature. Back to the basics.


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    One piece abachi wood.

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    Routing the body with the MDF template.

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    The body is almost 60 mm deep and my biggest router bit only 38 mm. It needs two passes.

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    A chip broke away, but I repaired it.

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    Pickup cavity. After bringing the body to it’s final thickness (40 mm) the cavities will be deeper. For now it gives me a reference when the template is removed.
    The control knob cavity will be routed at the back later.

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    Routing the neck pocket.

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    I routed the lower parts of the sides, using the already routed upper part as a reference. First I had to remove the template, to allow the router to go deep enough.
    As you can see, I used the ‘masking tape & superglue trick’ to hold the template on the body.

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    I did some sanding on the sides, to see how they will look. I’m happy so far !

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    I deepened the cavities some more. Tomorrow we will make the final thickness of the body using a machine thicknesser. After that I can route the cavities to the right and final depth.

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    I envy all you woodworking gents. The bass will be awesome.
     
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    This is my first ever wood body :)
    I did build some steel bodies a few years ago.
     
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    This is incredible......please post pictures of the final results!!!!!
     
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    I was worried about tear out in the lower bout since you left a lot of material in there. Since it's your first I recommend you cut and/or sand as close to the line as possible before routing. Chances of tear out are greatly reduced. I've never heard of abachi. I'll have to look that one up.

    I really like your steel ones. Very cool.

    Nice job and recovery.
     
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    I did sand it down almost to the line. Abachi tears out even by looking at it !
     
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    The Wood Database says:

    Generally easy to work, though the interlocked grain can cause some rough surfaces in some machining operations. Carves, stains, glues, and finishes well.

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    This African hardwood is very soft and lightweight, but has a decent strength-to-weight ratio. It’s fairly stable in service, and its bland grain patterns are frequently stained a darker color.

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    We put the body trough a machine thicknesser/planer. The depth is 40 mm now, instead of 52 mm.

    I have to be very careful from now to avoid damaging the wood. This is the final shape, except from sanding the wood and rounding the edges, and routing the cavities.

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    Oops ... router mistake.

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    Looking good, when does the fur go on?:);)
     
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    That depends on what my friend wants as a fur/finish. He’s not decided yet ... Just transparent ? Colour stain ? Oil ? Nitro ? Let us know ! And keep the Dusty Hill look in your minds ... and the fact that I never finished wood in my 60 y lifetime. I’m a finish rookie.

    To consider: the abachi wood is very soft and sensitive to damage from outside. C’mon ! Advise us !
     
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    I rounded the sides and sanded the top to 240 grit. I start liking the grain !

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    Love the router tear out repair. Great recovery! The neck pocket one is a trickier, but a little finesse sanding could probably blend it in. Then you could modify your neck heel contour to match if you wanted.
     
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    Well, there’s no disadvantage in playability and construction. I’ll sand it a little and leave it like this. It’s a mistake, but hey, it’s my first wood body.
     
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    My first wood body got burned in a fire bit :lol: You'll probably be the only one to notice it. Keep posting updates!
     
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    Don't sweat router mistakes that aren't readily apparent...see that Strat in my avatar to the left. Zoom in on it and look at that neck pocket. :D And, that's no cheap Strat. It's an American-made '57 re-issue. Hasn't bothered me a bit over the years (since 1991). If I were buying it today I probably would have caught it and picked another one, but back then I was happily clueless about such things.
     
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