Wrenn's Bass VI - #017

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Wrenn's Bass VI - #017

Post by Phil » 31 Dec 2010, 21:26

That one was an interesting project to build as I didn't know that much about these basses before. There was quite a bit of research needed to recreate it and a few hard to find parts to source. The two control plates for Bass VI's aren't produced by Fender anymore. They only make them through the Custom Shop and per order. No Fender part dealers can access them.

Luckily, I found the offsetguitars.com forum where a few of the guys on there have built Bass VI's and have had custom parts built for them. I was able to source the two plates from one guy and the 1" bass VI bridge from another, to top it off I was able to find a very accurate CAD plan of one so that saved me quite a bit of work designing it.

Here's a pic of the two custom plates

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The plan came as an Adobe Ai file which I could import easily into Rhino 3D, once in there I could just copy and paste the curves I needed into the separate templates required for building the bass. Undere here is a screen shot of Rhino, in the centre is the drawing as it came and under it a copy of the pickguard curves all attached into an object together that I used to make the pickguard template. At the left is the new neck template, started from the existing plan neck but headstock changed to mine.

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Once all the drawings are ok, I add toolpaths to them with MadCAM which is a CAM (Computer Aided machining) software that creates the toolpaths for the cutters of my homemade CNC and then cut the templates out of 3mm thick MDF.

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Here are the 4 templates I'll need to cut the bass. The funky body looking one at the left is specifically for cutting the neck pocket easily. The main advantage of CAD and the CNC is that I can make sure that all the lines line-up and are accurate before I start routing the body. I know this way the neck will end up straight. Thats a major advantage as lining up the neck is one of the hardest parts of the build.

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Body template stickied to Swamp Ash body

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Routs done on body

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A bit of bandsawing goin' on

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Corner edges done on the router table

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And a pic after the arm rest and belly carve done

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more to come in the next several days :)

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Re: Wrenn's Bass VI - #017

Post by Nigel » 31 Dec 2010, 21:37

Brilliant work Phill, you know someone will now ask you to make a guitar next.
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Re: Wrenn's Bass VI - #017

Post by acmeman » 31 Dec 2010, 21:43

This will be interesting to see finished, brings back memories. Are you doing without the bridge cover and the vibrato bar?
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Re: Wrenn's Bass VI - #017

Post by Phil » 31 Dec 2010, 21:59

Nigel wrote:Brilliant work Phill, you know someone will now ask you to make a guitar next.
Funny thing is that has actually happened :lol: I don't want to do too many of these though, I'm a bass builder first and foremost. :thumbup:

I couldn't source the cover or the mute for the 1" bridge unfortunately. I do have the vibrato though.

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Re: Wrenn's Bass VI - #017

Post by TheBottomLine » 31 Dec 2010, 22:50

:popcorn:
things that make me go ................mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm :drool:

don't loose those templates !
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Re: Wrenn's Bass VI - #017

Post by CrayZee_Bass » 01 Jan 2011, 11:01

Phil wrote:
Nigel wrote:Brilliant work Phill, you know someone will now ask you to make a guitar next.
Funny thing is that has actually happened :lol: I don't want to do too many of these though, I'm a bass builder first and foremost. :thumbup:
Oh no... dont go to the dark side Phil!!!

The VI looks great! I have always been curious about them and have managed to stave off serious GAS so far..........meh!
But, with Chris getting his lovely looker and your build.....aghhh, must resist.....

Can i ask your price on one of these beauties? No worries if that's a bit too public to ask. :shifty:

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Re: Wrenn's Bass VI - #017

Post by Phil » 01 Jan 2011, 11:04

Pretty much the same thing as my other vintage style basses, $2100-$2400 depending on the options.

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Re: Wrenn's Bass VI - #017

Post by Rude_Mechanical » 01 Jan 2011, 12:18

Phil wrote:Pretty much the same thing as my other vintage style basses, $2100-$2400 depending on the options.
This is a great deal - I was only just able to get my MIJ VI into the country for under $2,000 due to import fees & shipping costs.

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Re: Wrenn's Bass VI - #017

Post by godinpants » 01 Jan 2011, 16:06

Looking awesome. Whats the finish going to be?

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Re: Wrenn's Bass VI - #017

Post by KirBass » 01 Jan 2011, 18:04

godinpants wrote:Looking awesome. Whats the finish going to be?
Seafoam green if I'm not mistaken - appropriately surfesque :cool:
This will be one cool bass!

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Re: Wrenn's Bass VI - #017

Post by Phil » 01 Jan 2011, 18:18

Sorry, no the Seafoam one if Geej's bass :D. This one is 3 tone sunburst with tort pickguard

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Re: Wrenn's Bass VI - #017

Post by KirBass » 01 Jan 2011, 18:24

Ah yes - my mistake :shifty:

- even more appropriate colour!

...seafoam green with a gold anodised scratchplate would look pretty cool though :cool:

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Re: Wrenn's Bass VI - #017

Post by Wrenn » 02 Jan 2011, 01:16

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwww!!!
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Re: Wrenn's Bass VI - #017

Post by Wrenn » 02 Jan 2011, 01:24

Heheheh no seafoam green as my LEJ is LPB and IMO LPB besides Seafoam Green = Hippie Era :D. I always wanted the classic 3TB and Tortoise combination but haven't owned that color up to now :D
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Re: Wrenn's Bass VI - #017

Post by godinpants » 02 Jan 2011, 06:55

Aww seafoam green would've been amazing.

Now I'll have to save up for an antigua burst.

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