Five string exotic wood bass build

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  1. Elias Graves

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    More clamps for the veneer.
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    Looks like a good seal. No air bubbles.
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    I'd rather do the veneer later but because of seams, this has to go on before the fretboard. I'll lacquer it to offer some protection during the remainder of the build. Still plenty of rough handling yet to come.

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  2. Elias Graves

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    Next up is some fretboard work.
    First, I need to get the back side planed smooth and flat.

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    Because of how things go together, I'm polishing the end of the board now. It's going to be difficult to reach later after it gets glued onto the neck. I took two shots; one with flash and one without. The flash really amplifies the brown streaks in the wood.

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    But in normal light, they're barely visible at all.
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    Next up, inlays. We took inspiration from Hofner on the inlays and are going to do a side to side block.

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    Where Hofner used shell, it appears, we are using burl maple.

    Marking out and measuring the slots. The inlays will be half the width of the fret space they sit in so each will be progressively smaller.

    An undersized test cut. Looking good.
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    And here we go. This will look killer with the burl on the headstock and fret markers.

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    They run fairly deep, as they are also to be visible from the side for use as side markers. I'll slice the burl to fit, then round it all over together at once when I cut the radius.
     
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    Here's a shot of my raw material for the inlays. I'll be slicing wafers out of it to make them.

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    Like so. I've applied lacquer so the color will show. They are quite striking.

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    And I made a little ebony slash detail for the 12th fret.
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    Some of these have lacquer and some don't. That's why you see the difference in color.
    I thought I had all of them done but my brother decided he wants an inlay at the 1st fret so I have one more to make.

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    Here's the first one glued in place and trimmed flush.
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    ^awesome idea
     
  6. Elias Graves

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    Thanks. It was kinda Hofner inspired, as they do a full bar on a few guitars but it is thin shell. I haven't yet seen another example quite like this one. I find it hard to believe that my idiot brother and myself are the first to do this.

    I'm up to four of them now. Looking good.

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    i am for different inlays, i just did a v with a hacksaw blade cut in the middle then i filled it in with putty, good to see you posting, used to see you post a bit on MLP
     
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    Cool! I was mainly looking for something I could that was all straight lines and no corners! Lol.

    Here's the whole process of making the inlays. Super easy.

    Starting with my block, I mark out my inlay.

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    Then I take a slice off the top with a hand saw.
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    Make my first straight cut.
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    And the second, leaving an extra .02" for shaping.
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    Then trim the width and use a sanding block to do the final shaping.

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    Goodness, we need an update! Work on this one was fits and starts while I finished my frankentele but now I'm focusing more on this one.

    Since we last met, the fretboard was glued in place.
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    Then on to shaping the neck. My brother has requested that I stick with a Fender C shape and go as thin as we can get away with.

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    And there. I have an old habit of applying a sealer coat to parts I've finished cutting on to keep them from getting beat up while I continue to work. Since this neck gets nothing but yellow dye and lacquer, I went ahead and applied the dye and a couple coats of clear.

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    Next, I'm shaping the headstock. I left the foot on there so as to have a square, flat surface to use as I worked. Time for it to go.

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    That went well except for the one little router gouge. :( Fortunately, it'll have a tuner over it.

    Time to shape the tip and cut the volute.
     
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    We're back!

    The router gouge came out in the sanding!
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    And a neck tenon is born.
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    It's basically a PRS style neck joint. Cut like a Fender but deeper and glued in place.

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    The headstock is just about ready for binding and tuner holes.

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    And I have the radius cut on the fretboard.
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    The eye in this one is gonna look insane when finished.
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