Custom 4-string bass guitar

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Project by whitcombbasses posted 01-27-2010 09:58 PM 2008 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bass started from all rough cut lumber from my local yard. Planed it all down, cut it to size, glued it up and cut out. I then shaped, sanded and finished all by hand.

The top of the body is curly purpleheart and the main body is ash. The neck and fingerboard are both made of curly maple.

I finished the bass off with a wipe-on oil/varnish blend.

-- ~Dustin, Wooden Made Designs (WMD)

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#1 posted 01-27-2010 10:13 PM

Beautiful Job! My brother-in-law would be jealous (he plays bass). Question – how did you build in the electrical stuff? Panels on the back? routed and glued in? I would be nice to see you add a photo of the back if so.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#2 posted 01-27-2010 10:21 PM

The closest thing I am to a musician is when I sing in the shower. However, even I can appreciate the looks of this guitar. Nicely done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 01-27-2010 10:54 PM

Very nice work. The color is great.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 01-27-2010 10:55 PM

The lines of that look a lot like the Ibanez Soundgear series basses… Perhaps a little Warwick influence to the head stock. Very nice combination…

Are the electronics active or passive?

And finally, where’s the sound clip? Basses have a WIDE range of tonal possibilities. I’ve got 2 nearly identical basses, a 2002 Ibanez SR480, and a 1994(ish) Ibanez SR500. The 480 is completely stock with Ibanez active P/J pickup setup, and it is smooth as butter, the 500 is fitted with EMG active P/J pickups and GHS Bass Bommer strings and is crunchy, and aggressive, a real hard rockin’ axe…

If you have sound clips, post the link. I’d love to hear how that thing sounds!

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#5 posted 01-28-2010 10:48 AM

Thanks everyone for the comments.

Bobkberg: Yes, there’s a cover on the back and the pickups are wired into the cavity. I’ll post a pic soon.

dbhost: I have picked up some influences along the way. I’ve played on many different basses over the past few years and didn’t quite like everything about them. So, I’ve taken what I like and feel and put it all together. I actually had to make sure my headstock wasn’t that of a PRS. Didn’t want any copyright stuff coming my way. The electronics are EMG active 18V. Gives me the headroom I need. I’ll be upgrading the electronics soon. (currently it’s just volume, volume, tone and I’ll be adding the 3 band EQ) But, I will record a clip and post it as soon as I can before and then after the upgrade. It does sound amazing but I think I can get a little more out of it.

-- ~Dustin, Wooden Made Designs (WMD)

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Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 01-28-2010 03:17 PM

Sweet Looking Bass! Great job. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 01-28-2010 06:34 PM

Nice… I have played on a variety of basses myself. Mostly Fender, Ibanez, and Yamaha… Never played a custom other than my modified Ibanez… Those EMG pickups have some mean tone to them… What styles do you like to play?

You’ll really like the EMG EQ. My P/J rig came with the volume, P/J switch, tone and EQ… I just can’t get a mellow tone of the the thing though. I I love what I do get out of it, something along the lines of say Robert Trujillo instead of maybe Geezer Butler… And here I am aiming for Geddy Lee! Maybe I need to try a Jazz bass, or practice more!

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#8 posted 01-31-2010 08:45 PM

Great looking guitar. Keep us posted of the future of it

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 02-02-2010 06:51 AM

Wonderful guitar

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#10 posted 02-25-2010 09:04 PM

Great job! Looks fantastic.

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