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Unread postAuthor: trollhameran » Thu Jun 05, 2008 3:34 pm

Ok so I've been working on this bass since before christmas now, and today its finally come to an almost complete stage. All that needs doing is connecting the pickups, putting the jack in for the lead and putting sort of finish on it. This is the first guitar I've made but im most likely going to make quite a few more in my life. The neck is off a hohner lx900b rockwood bass because the neck is the hardest part to make so I decided to use a bought neck for my first bass.

Now for pics from different stages during the making process, altogether its probably had about 48 hours work on it but its taken me ages because ive been busy with college so only been doing it in spare time.

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The block of wood i started with, its inch and a half thick sapele which i got free from college.

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After i cut the main shape out on the bandsaw, you can see the drawing on it which is what i used to know where to carve

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It with all the carving done and the neck resting on it, I used vandyke die to color the black parts.

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It after i routered out the pickup holes and the neck thing.

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And finally me holding it, just need to do wiring, pickups and finish on the wood...oh and buy some big chain for the strap.
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Unread postAuthor: thewarp16 » Thu Jun 05, 2008 3:39 pm

omg how much you want for it. i will pay anything!!!

your well good at woodcarving to have made that you must be the most talented purson on this forum, its one thing to stick pipe together but to hand carve a guitar thats amazing!!!

i want one
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Unread postAuthor: starman » Thu Jun 05, 2008 4:20 pm

Nice Axe! You should sand that thing down a bunch and give it an air brushed candy green and black paint job and multicoat poly finish.

Chain for a strap? ...why...the instrument is heavy enough as it is. What kind of pickup and bridge are you using?

thewarp16 wrote:omg how much you want for it. i will pay anything!!!

your well good at woodcarving to have made that you must be the most talented purson on this forum, its one thing to stick pipe together but to hand carve a guitar thats amazing!!!

i want one


:roll: ....pay anything??? ... most talented purson on this forum...:roll: Warp, just a little over-the-top there man. Use your spellcheck next time.
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Unread postAuthor: magnum9987 » Thu Jun 05, 2008 4:25 pm

I'm sorry, I'm not all for the exotic shaped guitars used by modern bands. I do have a STeinburger Spirit and hope to learn how to play bass as soon as i master guitar. I must admit that you have done an excellent job though
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Unread postAuthor: MaxuS the 2nd » Thu Jun 05, 2008 4:52 pm

If you want to learn bass and begin well, then start off with guitar. It'll improve your dexterity no end. Better yet, do what I did and learn them both at the same time and then alternate.
Great job mate! Must've taken you ages to carve, looks like it was definately time well spent.
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Unread postAuthor: psycix » Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:30 pm

Im not into playing instruments, but I do like dragons!
Awesome job you did there!
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Unread postAuthor: THUNDERLORD » Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:30 pm

Looks like an awesome bass.
Your Dragon looks a little like a wolf if you changed it a little.
Maybe you could put red light(s) for it's eye(s).

That would be cool if you could hook your ram-jet to it somehow :wink:

I used to play bass. But I started working too much(long time ago).
It's funny because I love heavy metal again lately.
Maybe from watching too much Metalocolypse. :P 8)
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Unread postAuthor: Spuddin » Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:07 pm

i was actually looking for a barrel or propane meter until i realised its a guitar. dude i can picture u selling those in the near future to the music industry for big bucks! dont stop at that one. great job.
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Unread postAuthor: Ragnarok » Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:26 pm

Very clever, I'm damn impressed at your wood work.
I'll say this for it - it's certainly unique.

How long you been playing?
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Does that thing kinda look like a big cat to you?
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:41 pm

Wow, great job. Very nice.

I couldn't even draw the stencil let alone cut it out :D
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Unread postAuthor: TwitchTheAussie » Fri Jun 06, 2008 12:20 am

Nicely done mate.
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Unread postAuthor: trollhameran » Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:26 am

Thanks alot for all the great comments, i really appreciate them. Ill try to answer everyone who asked a question but if i forget any i'm sorry.

Starman: That color paint job would look pretty cool. It is pretty heavy but i just fancied a chain to give it a final touch once its finished. The bridge and pickups are off of the hohner which i got the neck from, i wouldn't think there particularly great but i can't afford to buy better ones just now.

Thunderlord: Haha yeah a ram jet bass would be very interesting indeed, a small flame thrower going up the back of the neck would be quite cool though, then i could have a fire breathing dragon :D

Spuddin: Thanks alot man, I would love to be able to make guitars for a living and sell them to people in the music industry...maybe i will eventually, still plenty of time to get that far though cause i'm only 17 at the moment.

Ragnarok: I havn't been playing very long but I do alot of woodwork and i just bought myself a set of carving chisels and fancied making something, so when i saw the hohner bass in an antique shop for £50 I decided i'd make a bass.
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Unread postAuthor: Darkside 6ix » Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:43 am

Very nice. Im into guitar and acually just picked up my Line 6 30wat amp today. What type of music are you into?
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Unread postAuthor: trollhameran » Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:55 am

Thanks. Mostly into classic rock and metal, but occasionally listen to other stuff.
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:56 am

trollhameran wrote:Thanks. Mostly into classic rock and metal, but occasionally listen to other stuff.

Seems that way with most spudders...interesting :P
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