The Yew Bass (P Bass Custom)

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Wolfie, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. Wolfie

    Wolfie TDPRI Member

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    A good friend of mine plays bass and being impressed by my previous guiatrs he asked me to build him one. He plays both rock music on a P Bass and folk on a Double Bass, so we designed something which would be suited to both kinds of music.
    I'd never worked with yew before and was pleased with the workability and the finish, amazing grain colours.
    It's a hollow bady made for Yew, with 2 f holes.
    Ash neck with fretless rosewood fingerboard.
    Reverse Tele headstock.
    P Bass and Piezo bridge pickups.
    Brass nut.
    Tru oil finish.
    He loves it and is very impressed with the sound. I'm sure he'll have as much fun jammin on it as i did making it.


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    Body routed with f holes cut
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    Completed neck
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  2. jpbturbo

    jpbturbo Tele-Afflicted

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    Gorgeous!
    I keep forgetting that I can play fretless when I'm dreaming about what sort of bass I'd want to build.
     
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    Hey I really like that. Nice work!!!
     
  4. bluesoverlord

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    Did you find the yew very soft? I'm making an English long bow out of Pacific Yew right now and it's a soft wood, but very springy. How is the resonance? Did you tone tap before and after your hogged it out?

    I'm starting to to see some of the best, and hence most dynamic, wood for making bows is also excellent for musical instruments.

    BTW, I love the look of yew and that bass is beautiful. It's very earthy and primal, but I don't mean in an aggressive way. The looks of it just call out to be touched. I dunno...it's the same feeling I get handling really nice long bows or custom recurves.
     
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    Oh...and are the control knobs more rosewood or something like bacote?
     
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    Really nice looking bass - how does it sound?
     
  7. Wolfie

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    It sounds very warm and the sustain goes on and on!
    I'm not sure what timber the control knobs are I don't think they are rosewood, they seem too light. I saw them in an online shop and thought they would match.
    I'm used to working with pine so i found the yew quite a hard timber, but it was easy to work with and not too much hard work to get a good finish.
     
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    Nice!!

    Love yew wood....
     
  9. rubis

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    Hi Wolfie
    lovely looking bass your friend has got now, did you do a rear rib contour on that?.... it looks as though you didn't what with it being chambered, but I have seen it done before on a tele.
    The reason I ask is that I'm just starting out on a Stingray project and have a one piece walnut blank for the body, its quite heavy and I'm mulling over the posibility of chambering it to reduce the weight.
    What weight did the body come out in the end by the way?
     
  10. Wolfie

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    No I left it with no contours, i too have seen it done, maybe next time.
    The body weights about the same as my thinline tele but the neck is heavier being bigger.
    It's nicely balanced and not too neck heavy.
     
  11. crazydave911

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    Now that is a better idea for a bass. Did you include any preamp for the piezo or just use a balance pot? Either way, really sweet build :)

    Dave
     
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    Sweet!

    That's a great-lookin' bass!
     
  13. Wolfie

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    At first i wired both pick up's passive but there was so little output from the piezo it needed a preamp. A friend of mine made me a small preamp powered by a 9 volt battery which works the piezo, but i left the p bass pick up passive.
     
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