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Re: Any suggestions for woods?? Im BUILDING my OWN BASS!!!

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Posted by Dave Rawlings on March 12, 2001 at 15:02:59:

In Reply to: Any suggestions for woods?? Im BUILDING my OWN BASS!!! posted by ROB on March 06, 2001 at 16:01:14:

I too am an amateir builder. My first was a copy of my Ampeg clear body bass.
I used alder for the body and it is a dream to work with! cuts, routers and
sands beautifully! The bolt-on neck was maple with a Bocote fretless
fingerboard. Weighed about 4 pounds!
My second was an 8-string (4 strings doubled with octaves). It was a through-
the-body fretless (all mine are) with alder body and maple and mahogony face.
My third was a 6-string with alder body and Zebra wood face. Zebra wood is
fine to work with but splinters very easily so is best with power tools. Mine
had a lot of hand carving and was a bear to wor tht way. It also heavy.
My latest is a 5-string with solid Bocote for the body wings. It has a
laminated neck with 11 laminations of walnut and maple. I find that Pao Ferro
is an excellent fingerboard material. it is hard and it has nice patterns. It
also won't cost you a second mortgage like ebony would.
For electronics, I generally use Carvin's H50N pickups. They are plenty hot
and can be used either passive or active. Carvins active electronics are an
excellent buy at $79 and work great. Fairly easy to solder everything together
without burning a hole in the table!
I use Gotoh tuners on everything! they are smaller than the standard
elephant ear Fender types and come in black, chrome or gold.
I like Schaller and Gotoh bridges but the new ones from Carvin are cool too.
i also found a book called "Build your own electric guitar" to be very
valuable. I think it's by a guy called Hickock (not sure) from England. It has
charts on figuring fret spacing. Email me and I'll send you an Excel file that
will figure fret spacing on ANY scale length you need.
Hope this helps and not confuses.

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