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Project by wallybob posted 05-26-2011 10:56 PM 1779 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a project, been looking a lot though, so I thought i would contribute my latest attempt at a bass guitar.

The instrument is modeled after a Gibson Reverse Thunderbird bass. However, I choose to make the bass fretless as I had never attempted one. Actually this is only my second attempt at a bass.

The redwood top and covers came from the redwood stump in the first picture. I veneered the stump into 3/8 in. slabs on a Wood Mizer Mill. Still have a lot of material left although I have shared some with friends.


Body – Honduran Mahogany, red heart and black walnut with rewood burl top and access covers
Neck – Sipo Mahogany with 15 degree neck angle
Headstock veneer – mahogany, black walnut and red heart
Pickups – Seymour Duncan Basslines
Bridge – Schaller
Tuners – Carvin
Finish – Liberon Oil sanded in

I know there are not a lot of guitar fans on the site but the project was a lot of fun, especially learning to work with the brittle redwood.

Thanks for looking


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#1 posted 05-26-2011 11:09 PM

Not a lot but quite a few we are! Wonderful work mate!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#2 posted 05-26-2011 11:14 PM


-- Doug...

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#3 posted 05-27-2011 01:04 AM

WOW !! That’s a real beauty… about a YouTube video so we can hear it ? : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 05-27-2011 03:20 AM

That is absolutely stunning! Great work!

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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#5 posted 05-27-2011 06:50 AM

Don’t know a lot about guitars, but yours is awesome.

-- RStadler

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#6 posted 05-28-2011 04:26 AM

Never seen a fretless T-bird before. Good stuff.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#7 posted 05-28-2011 12:29 PM

lovely looking bass you should be proud of yourself i know how hard they are to make ive made a couple of guitars but nothing has nice as yours bob—-

-- robert dignam

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#8 posted 05-28-2011 04:13 PM

That is beautiful. I’ll stick with playing the bass, not building one.

-- Marc - Tucson, AZ

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#9 posted 05-28-2011 04:40 PM

Looks great Wally. Are the red(ish) marks where the frets usually go inlays (or what)?

I think there are quite a few musicians of all types on the site. But you don’t have to know anything about music to appreciate a project that looks this good. I’m with dusty, I’d love to hear how it sounds. I’ve been playing music for about 40 years and I think this bass is one of the better looking ones I’ve seen. My brother bought a Strat a while back and it looks very close to yours. I took a look at your project pages and it is very obvious that you have lots of woodworking talent. I really liked the Tele. Just beautiful.

Be safe.
- JJ

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