Making a Bass

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  1. rscalzi

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    Ok, so I was in the middle of building two 12 strings at the beginning of the year and got completely side tracked by real life. I still plan to finish those, but before I do that I want to build a rick-ish bass for my son and hope to get back into the flow of building. I cleared out space in my basement and finally organized a shop area to work in which should make things much easier going forward.

    Anyway, I'll just post some pics and describe what I'm attempting. It's not going to be 100% documented, but you'll get the idea.

    Template cut and body and neck blanks cut ( 2 views )
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    Neck template ...
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    Body wings cut....
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    Starting to look right ...
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    Worked on the neck ...
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    Angle the headstock... Not crazy about the headstock bottle opener look. I will probably modified it a bit.

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    Start on fretboard...
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    Cut inlay slots ..
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    Truss rod in and trying a pour method for the inlays with Crystal Clear epoxy.
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    Should get a bunch of parts this week so hopefully I'll post more next week.
     
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    Looking good.
     
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    Thanks bloggs.

    Got a bunch of parts yesterday... waiting on 1 more shipment ( the pickups and wiring stuff ) Then I'm good to go. The crystal clear i used for the inlays takes 72 hours to totally cure so i have to wait on that still. This will also be my first attempt at using binding on the body and the neck. A little nervous about that :)

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    Did a little work on the fretboard to see how one of the poured inlays would clean up. not bad....

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    That bridge looks mighty hefty. I like your design!
     
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    I like the innovation of the clear epoxy as fret markers. Is it just the photos, or is there some sparkle in there?
     
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    Looks good, but it isn't 'his' design. It's a Ric copy.
     
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    Yes, I sprayed some silver paint in the slots and added some white and silver sparkles. Should show up better once I completely buff them up.
     
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    You spilled the secret! :lol: Definitely based on a 4003, but no exact measurements. Just winging it and will make it comfortable for my son to play.
     
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    Two thoughts.....

    1) I spend alot of time figuring out how to make my mistakes into features and......
    2) I don't think I'll be binding any more necks :eek:

    Carving the back of the neck ...
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    Fretboard with binding...
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    Got some parts today! Feeling like Steve Martin in "The Jerk" when the phone book arrived. :lol: Thought about trying to wind my own pickups, but decided against it.

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    So, needed to route the binding channel but really didn't want to pay 50 bucks for a bit I would probably only use once. Came up with a jig for the router and by some miracle, it worked! (I'm sure the type of jig has existed forever, but I made it my own :) ) Love it when something I try actually works!

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    Nice fit...
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    Making some progress.... not 100% sure in I am going with this fretboard.... I may re-do it....

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    Looks great. I may do a rick copy one of these days.
     
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    Thanks! I'm just hoping when its time to put the finish on, and can do something like the fireglo, but we shall see.
     
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    Did the routing for the pickups and tailpiece....

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    I wasn't thrilled with the fretboard so I decide to make another with no binding and see if I liked it more.... used this stuff and this is what I ended up with. Hard to tell from the blurry pic, but there is a hint of red sparkles in the inlays.

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    just plodding along..... attached the fretboard and did the fret work. I could be wrong, but just some final sanding to do then put everything on and make sure it fits then take it back off for the finish.

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    Looks great! Thanks for posting.
     
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    This looks great! Awesome body shape.
     
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