Electric Bass Guitar.. #1: First time making a guitar...

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Late last year, the boys at the local hardware sent a young bloke over to buy some timber so he could build a Guitar… Electric Bass that is…

It even has a name

CHERRY DEMON….cool hey

And so does he… Johnathan…

He had never built one but was going to give it a try…

Today we finally got together to build it… you got it… He and I are going to build our first electric bass guitar.. together….

Found a nice piece of Hoop Pine… only bit big enough… and light to boot…

Using his prototype for a template, marked out the blank and then went to the band saw to rough out the shape.

Smoothed the curves on the Disc sander and the Spindle sander…NOTE that is a pencil mark for the centre line not a glue line… it is one solid piece of Hoop Pine..

Routered all edges top and bottom with a 1/2 inch round over bit and off to the ROS to smooth the blank all over…

I figured that Jonathan would like to be able to say he made it….... so I did a little and then he did the rest..

Back to Johnathan’s house and a little grain filler to smooth out some small defects…

This Guitar is going to be sprayed Cherry…so we need to make sure it is a smooth as a bowling ball…

As this is almost pro bono, I figure he can do most of the work…

Once each week for a few hours… next week it is the Neck… better watch some videos to see what I have to teach him next… learning curve for both of us… I may even learn to play the guitar when it is finished…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#1 posted 900 days ago

I got sick of cutting boards and am now making electric bass guitars…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 900 days ago

Cool work Larry looks like fun.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 900 days ago

Nice work Larry. You can still use the back of the guitar as a cutting board..

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#4 posted 900 days ago

Good one, Larry! I made a Lap Steel Guitar a few years ago out of Rose Alder….had a bit of help from a bloke over at Ningi who had been playing a lap steel since he was 14. It turned out really good, nice sound….but then he moved up to Warwick before I’d learnt to play it properly! Long way to go for a lesson! Good to see a young fella having a go at making his own…..and good to see you showing him!

-- yesterday today was tomorrow

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#5 posted 900 days ago

Great project. I really enjoy seeing guitars made by wood workers. Lots of variety.

Degoose, do your guitars look like cutting boards? I bet a cool guitar body could be made from some of your board designs. I don’t know but it sounds like it would be fun.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#6 posted 900 days ago

Geoff, been thinking that might be a go next time…
Des, We is learning together…
Mike, cut the cheese with the strings..
Jim, If it aint fun I aint doin it…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#7 posted 900 days ago

You’re thinking of learning to play the thing? For the sake of your marriage, when you practice, hook the amp to a pair of headphones and not the speakers!

I can hear it from here: endless renditions of “Waltzing Matilda” in very low tones…

Looking good, as usual Larry my friend. Good on ya for helping the lad.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#8 posted 900 days ago

Nice Larry. A new skill and product is always a useful thing. Plus it is great to pass on some of your skill and knowledge to a youngster. Have fune with it.

I must agree wit Paul though – headphones are a wonderfull thing!

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#9 posted 899 days ago

Hi Larry. I wonder if we will soon have guitars turning up with geometrical designs? Or why not a guitar that can also be used as a cutting board? It would be great for entertaining at BBQs, lol.

It’s nice of you to take the time to help Jonathan out with his project. Looking forward to sees the whole build.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 899 days ago

Very cool build, can’t wait to follow this one…..rock on!!!

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#11 posted 899 days ago

What a way to branch out and try new things.
This is a nice thing you are doing. Good for you.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 899 days ago

That’s a change.

Jonathan got a great teacher. very nice of you for helping Larry!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#13 posted 899 days ago

cant wait to see it done should liik cool
what are you going to do about the long rod that goes thru the neck to keep it straight and for adjusting the neck later in its life when it starts to bow?

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#14 posted 899 days ago

Hey Larry,

You should do a few out of your cutting boards. Probably sell like hotcakes.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 899 days ago

Good looking start, good looking young man, and great project….did you say you were going to learn to play it as well ? Oh your neighbors are gonna be some happy folks ! Oh and since it’s a base, you might wanna put a little double sided tape on the bottom of the good lady’s favorite china and collectibles ! Boom ba boom bawoom ba boom ! Love me some base runs…..have fun my friend !

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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