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Tom's Headless 5 String Bass - #033

Posted: 26 Oct 2017, 19:19
by Phil
This design was worked up from scratch with Tom based on his ideas of what it should look like. The body is Bubinga with a Burl top (was is Walnut?? :hmm :shifty: ), Wenge neck and Birdseye Maple fretboard. The headless hardware are Hipshot's.The pickups are Nordstrand/Dingwall FD3's with a Darkglass Tone Capsule preamp, black hardware. And now for a few build pics :)

The Bubinga body being glued together.
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Walnut burl top being bookmatched
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Lining up the top and body to prepare for gluing the top.
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Starting to build the neck
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Fretboard slotting
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Checking nut clamp, fingerboard position before gluing board on neck.
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Routing the neck contour and the recess for the nut clamp
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Cutting body routs and dry fitting the neck.
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More to come in a couple of days. :thumbup:

Re: Tom's Headless 5 String Bass - #033

Posted: 26 Oct 2017, 19:33
by narcdor
I admire your judicious use of clamps. Also that bubinga body and top are really nice.

Re: Tom's Headless 5 String Bass - #033

Posted: 27 Oct 2017, 05:44
by drbass
Beautiful.

FD3s, and DG tone capsule, hmm? Little bit of Dingwall coming through πŸ˜‰. I am really happy with the FD3/Glockenklang combo in my six-string builds, don’t think this will disappoint.

Looking forward to more pix.

Regards,
Michael

Re: Tom's Headless 5 String Bass - #033

Posted: 30 Oct 2017, 12:02
by PilbaraBass
very cool, Phil! Love the headless SC design... love the electronics idea, too...

As you know, burls are tricky to identify due to lack of characteristic grain patterns, but based on colour alone, I'd agree that it's walnut. And if you look at the grain radiating out next to the front pickup, it really looks like walnut.

Re: Tom's Headless 5 String Bass - #033

Posted: 30 Oct 2017, 12:07
by Phil
Thanks Kerry yes it is Walnut I finally had a look at my paperwork :lol: Its actually not a single cut though, zoom up on the glued top photo with the pencil lines, you'll see its shape.

Re: Tom's Headless 5 String Bass - #033

Posted: 30 Oct 2017, 12:21
by PilbaraBass
^ahhh...missed that pic... sorry... I like that, too...

Re: Tom's Headless 5 String Bass - #033

Posted: 30 Oct 2017, 14:28
by bigswifty
I love seeing build photos, this looks great!
Mike

Re: Tom's Headless 5 String Bass - #033

Posted: 30 Oct 2017, 18:35
by basshack
That's going to be very pretty Phil. Love your work!

Re: Tom's Headless 5 String Bass - #033

Posted: 21 Dec 2017, 15:48
by Phil
Next batch of pics.

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Rough cutting the neck contour on the router table.

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Shaping the neck

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Shaping the body

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Drilling the headstock end with a template.

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Filling the cracks in the top with a mixture of Wenge dust and glue.

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Prepping for the lacquering process.

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Re: Tom's Headless 5 String Bass - #033

Posted: 21 Dec 2017, 20:57
by ozrider
Very nice πŸ‘

Re: Tom's Headless 5 String Bass - #033

Posted: 30 Dec 2017, 20:59
by Classic5
That's looking terrific. Love the maple board and wenge neck combination, and the maple board with the walnut top :cool: