NBD - one year in the making



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NBD - one year in the making

Postby STYX » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:58 pm

Finally finished my home-built bass after pretty exactly one year (build thread here.)
Some setup work left to do but it's playable already.

Maple set neck and Alder body, rosewood fretboard, split coil pickup. Currently tuned to C standard.
So excited! :yay:
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Re: NBD - one year in the making

Postby dubkitty » Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:44 pm

more pix!
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Re: NBD - one year in the making

Postby STYX » Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:50 pm

dubkitty wrote:more pix!

With pleasure! You'll have to wait until tomorrow, though.

[edit:]Or whenever attachments are working again...
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Re: NBD - one year in the making

Postby STYX » Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:22 am

OMG pix!!!
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The very thick neck, may not even need the trussrod. I'm tempted to get the file out again and thin it down - maybe in a few months time?

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Re: NBD - one year in the making

Postby STYX » Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:31 am

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I do like how the picture below turned out.
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Since then I've installed the trussrod cover.
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Re: NBD - one year in the making

Postby STYX » Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:39 am

And now for the not so glamorous shots.

As I mentioned in the build thread, the cross grain cuts proved a problem for the lacquer with lots of pin sized holes appearing. Also note the slight bleed onto the binding.
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If you look closely you can see the edge of the neck heel extending into the body here:
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Re: NBD - one year in the making

Postby hbombgraphics » Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:36 pm

nice work dude, that looks so sweet.

what is the width of the body?
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Re: NBD - one year in the making

Postby STYX » Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:15 pm

Thanks!

The body is 4.5cm thick and 33cm across (1.75"/13") , which is the same as a p bass, I believe.
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Re: NBD - one year in the making

Postby dubkitty » Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:06 pm

you can find instruments with worse flaws than that being sold in the shops as professional grade instruments. that's an admirable job, especially for a first build. maybe someday i'll have the guts to build something from scratch. well done!
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Re: NBD - one year in the making

Postby Chankgeez » Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:35 pm

Yeah, I dig it.

Nice work.

I like thick necks. I'd say keep it the way it is unless it's too uncomfortable for you.
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Re: NBD - one year in the making

Postby dubkitty » Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:51 pm

I LIKE THICK NECKS AND I CANNOT LIE
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Re: NBD - one year in the making

Postby STYX » Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:52 pm

dubkitty wrote:you can find instruments with worse flaws than that being sold in the shops as professional grade instruments. that's an admirable job, especially for a first build. maybe someday i'll have the guts to build something from scratch. well done!


Yeah, that having the guts thing. It took me 3 months agonising over getting the neck blank rectangular and sawing the wood to get the headstock face - never mind cutting the outline or routing the trussrod channel. It did get easier as I went along. Still, I recommend it; the feeling of achievement every step of the way is great.

Re: the thick neck: I did want a thicker neck to take some pressure off the thumb but it takes some getting used to. It feels very strange switching between this and my Jet King with the typically skinny Ibanez neck.
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