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    5 String bass guitar

    Here is a 5 string bass I made from scratch. It is made from walnut and ash. It is a 7 ply laminated neck through body. There are 2-3/4" ash stripes between the neck and the walnut wings.


    PS the end vise on the bench that I made was made specifically for this project.
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    Beautiful, Dave. Simply beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammad Madha View Post
    Beautiful, Dave. Simply beautiful.
    What he said + WOW
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    ditto, Wow
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    Here are a few more pics. I made the bass in march of 08 and just refinished it 3 months ago. I stripped it down and stained just the walnut and put a higher end bridge on it. The pics on the first post were from 08 and these pics were just taken a few minutes ago. There are also some pics of a case I made for it when I refinished the bass. The case was a whole other project by itself. I hot pipe bent 2 sets of sides and laminated them together. The sides were 1/4" and laminated the case sides are 1/2".
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    It's really great looking. The refinish job does look better.

    What's the finish ?

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    Dave,
    Beautiful Bass, I built a 12 string Guitar earlier this year, but haven't come up with a case for it. do you have any pics of the case build?? I'd love to see a tutorial on building one.
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    The first finish was just shellac, the refinish is ebony stain on just the walnut and formbys tung oil applied by rag. The finish came out really smooth, I think there are 7 coats.

    I don't have any pics of building the case. It wasn't very hard, this was the first thing that I have hot pipe bent, I don't know how many people are familiar with hot pipe bending. I have never heard of it untill a few months ago. This is were I saw it done. http://www.finewoodworking.com/Skill....aspx?id=32490
    So basically I made a template out of plywood and formed the maple sides to it. I laid the bass on a large piece of paper and traced the shape that I wanted the case to be. I then took 2 pieces of 1/2" ply and screwed them together so I had a 1" thick piece. Then I copied the shape onto the plywood and cut out the shape. I then unscrewed the boards so I had 2 pieces exactly the same. I took those pieces and sandwiched 2x4s on edge between them, this essentially gave me a thick template that I could clamp to. I took some 3/4" x 5" maple and resawed it on the table saw and planed it to 1/4" I soaked the maple for an hour or so and used a hot pipe I made from a 3" copper pipe with a 200 watt bulb inside to bend the wood to fit the form. (I tried a pipe with a torch like the guy on the video used but I couldn't keep the temp down enough to keep from scorching the wood.) After I bent the pieces I glue laminated them together. The total length of the wood for the sides is 9', I didn't have anything that length so the added a 30" piece to make it up. I did a half lap joint to glue them together, The 30" piece is where the flat side of the case it. So after the sides were glued together I cut about 1.5" off the width, doing this created the "body" and the lid peices. I then used a rabbiting bit in the router table to do a rabbit that the plywood top and bottom fit in. I used 1/4" ply for the top and bottom and glued it in the rabbit. Then I spray glued fake leather on the outside and cut foam and covered it with cloth for the inside. and thats about it. I did make a bent glue laminated handle out of walnut and ash (matching the bass) and screwed it to the case. I think that covers the case, I hope this makes sense.

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    Awesome-looking bass, Dave, and with the EMG pickups and the neck through the body, I'll bet it sings like a son of a gun. Great job, man. The case is one of the nicest I've seen, too.

    I have an old BC Rich Mockingbird that was made with a similar construction out of koa and maple. If (or rather when) I finally get around to building an electric guitar, I'd like to also do the neck through the body like that.
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    Now....that is a neat project. Well done.
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