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    5 string jazz bass build

    I decided october 9th 2014 that I should build myself a new bass, so I bought some pickups from eBay which lead to buying tuning machines, then an onboard preamp and bridge and strap locks and all the rest. So november 15th I started making some saw dust. These pics are in rough order of how things went together. This build made me realize that my 14" walker turner wasn't up to resawing 6" so I did make a small field trip to grizzly for a G0513x2. I was going to get the anniversary edition but I talked myself into the x2 because of the blade guides and cast iron wheels etc. etc. but thats another thread.

    The whole bass is maple with walnut strips, The top is book matched heartwood curly maple, all the maple came from my wifes aunts farm, and the walnut came from the woods by my house. The neck is a 5 piece neck or 9 piece if you count the thin walnut strips. The fingerboard is wenge, this was the first guitar that I made the fingerboard from scratch, the others I bought pre radiused and slotted fingerboards. I made a miter box for the slotting saw which luckily was on sale at woodcraft when I needed it.
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    I did something a little different than on most guitars, I bound the neck with 2 plys of wood, maple on the inside and wenge on the outside.
    Attachment 88781Attachment 88786Attachment 88785Attachment 88784Attachment 88783Attachment 88782Attachment 88778Attachment 88780Attachment 88779Attachment 88787I think it turned out nice and is subtle.

    why do these pics show up as attachments?
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    More pics, I messed with finishing the fingerboard with ca glue, I like the idea but will do it different next time as the way I applied it this time gave me unevenness which I had to sand back. I put a few drops in the board then wiped it around, so in the spots where I dropped the ca on it was thicker and you can see the difference in the shine.
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    It's gonna be another beauty, Dave. Wenge is splintery stuff, but your fret slots look perfect. Would love to see some close ups of your slotting fixture/miter box. It looks like you built it from Corian? Does it have some sort of indexing pin to position the fret template? I want to build some cigar box guitars/ukes and don't want to spend a lot of money at stew mac just to cut a few finger boards.

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    Oooooooooo - so cool!

    You're gonna love that 513x2 -- i love mine. Keep yer 14" though... if you haven't gotten rid of it already and can find room. It's very handy to have both setup
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    Yes I'm keeping the 14" saw.
    Ill try to get some pics of the slotting jig tonight

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    Looking very cool Dave! Lovethat fretboard.
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    That looks sweet, Dave!
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    Here is the slotting jig, its made from some corian sink cut-outs I got from a counter guy. Its really simple, the sides are nice and square and can slide for blade kerf adjustment. I just clamped a piece of corian to the saw for a depth stop as well as stiffen the blade. There is an index pin to use with a stew-mac slotting template, the fingerboard gets double sided taped to the template and the the template indexes to the pin. I added a carriage bolt as a hold down clamp to make sure it stays in place while sawing.
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    Heres some more
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