Acoustic Bass Guitar

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Project by Kernal posted 750 days ago 1172 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was pretty much my first woodworking project. About ten years ago I enrolled in a guitar-making class because it sounded awesome and I like working with my hands. The class lasted 3 months and, at the end, I had the very nice acoustic bass guitar pictured above. The class was great fun and I still cherish memories from those three months, like “Uh, [teacher]? I think I just drilled a hole through my guitar. In fact, I’m pretty sure I just drilled a hole through my guitar.”

For information on the class, see:

The guitar is build mostly of my own design. The black parts (head veneer, fingerboard, bridge, heelcap) are all of ebony. The neck is maple, and the sides and back are beautifully flamed maple. The front is….I can’t remember the name of the wood anymore – something soft. This project instilled in me a deep appreciation for the beauty in wood grain and texture.

She sounds great, too!

-- A new version of the old adage - "Count twice, buy once."

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 750 days ago

Beautiful job on that guitar! You’ll appreciated playing it more because you made it yourself!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 750 days ago

Really nice! I like the style of the head, and the truss rod cover.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#3 posted 750 days ago

That is awesome—design and workmanship is stunning!

-- Sow justice, reap peace

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#4 posted 750 days ago

I dig that profile. Looks like fun.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#5 posted 750 days ago

Very impressive work on this! Love it!! What a wonderful field… making guitars!! Some people truly shock me with their talent~ and you sir are very good in your field.

-- Dana, Tn and Tx artist

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#6 posted 750 days ago

Love this bass – well done

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#7 posted 749 days ago

That came out awsome for a first project, Good choice in the wood and the profile.

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#8 posted 749 days ago

If this was your first project I would love to see what you can if you ever learn how. :)
Beautiful guitar! Great execution of an awesome design! Wish you could post an audio clip.
Keep up the good work!
Have a good’un

-- rejo55, East Texas

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#9 posted 749 days ago

What a first project! This looks really nice.

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#10 posted 749 days ago

Thanks everyone! I’m not really sure that any skill of mine deserves the credit for this – the teacher did a fine job of showing us what we needed to do for various stages and, importantly, giving advice as to how to fix our inevitable mistakes. The shape at the bottom of the fretboard, for example, is only present because I chipped of a giant piece while trying to file it down to my original design shape!

Although, ten years later, I am returning to woodwork to prove it wasn’t only the school’s tutelage that allowed me to make something beautiful.

-- A new version of the old adage - "Count twice, buy once."

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