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Build #1

Post by narcdor » 14 Jul 2014, 10:25

Starting the NMIT bass (and guitar) building course tomorrow and a little excited.

Initial thoughts for first build to be a P to keep it simple. Some ideas I'm kicking around:
- reverse P pickup if it doesn't make pickguards too annoying to find
- mary kaye paint job with gold anodized pickguard over alder body but chrome hardware
- mahogany body with dark transparent colour or stain (possibly gold hardware depending)
- maple neck with 7.5 radius and 1 3/4 inch C nut width
- fretboard either maple or rosewood to match body depending, honestly I think the sound difference is quite small compared to the aesthetic difference for me
- inlays not decided yet either, maybe pearl or black block maybe dots depends how the rest shapes up

Need to make some decisions once I see the pieces of wood on offer. Maple, mahogany and alder I know will be available but depends on who is using what and how much I guess.

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Re: Build #1

Post by narcdor » 14 Jul 2014, 10:27

Perhaps a PJ? Mudbucker? Tele bass?

Oh headstock, need to come up with something there too. Eventually...
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Re: Build #1

Post by narcdor » 14 Jul 2014, 10:29

Sonic blue with matching headstock? Ok ok get a grip...
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Re: Build #1

Post by rodl2005 » 14 Jul 2014, 10:30

PJ is easy and very versatile.
Sounds like fun. 8-)8-)8-)
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Re: Build #1

Post by basshack » 14 Jul 2014, 15:17

Bugger forgot all about this, was going to enroll too.

Watch the mahogany body. Very dense wood with good tone but heavy as. Small body like the Warwick Thumb okay but standard Fender-ish shape and it'll get up there.

Have fun it looks like a good course.
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Re: Build #1

Post by Classic5 » 14 Jul 2014, 18:31

Sounds great :thumbup:

Keep us posted on your progress. I'm pretty sure you'll have a really nice bass at the end of it :yep
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Post by slowlearner » 14 Jul 2014, 19:27

Good on you! Wish I'd been able to start that way. :)

Don't stress about timber or inlays. Work on the fine details like fit and finish. That's your biggest challenge with a first build.

If you want to do something different, a mudbucker, mini-humbucker or gretsch PU in the sweetspot is a nice usable thing.

Looking forward to your pics.
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Re: Build #1

Post by narcdor » 14 Jul 2014, 21:30

basshack wrote:Bugger forgot all about this, was going to enroll too.

Watch the mahogany body. Very dense wood with good tone but heavy as. Small body like the Warwick Thumb okay but standard Fender-ish shape and it'll get up there.

Have fun it looks like a good course.
Can let you know if there are any places left?

I can handle a heavy body, been playing heavy Warwicks for the last 10 years, but weight wasn't something I'd considered, thanks for reminding me.
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Re: Build #1

Post by narcdor » 14 Jul 2014, 21:47

slowlearner wrote:Good on you! Wish I'd been able to start that way. :)

Don't stress about timber or inlays. Work on the fine details like fit and finish. That's your biggest challenge with a first build.

If you want to do something different, a mudbucker, mini-humbucker or gretsch PU in the sweetspot is a nice usable thing.

Looking forward to your pics.
I know I don't really need to decide on these details until later, I'm just getting ahead of myself. Must slow down do it properly and not rush.

Did I mention I made a pencil box that didn't sit flat on the table in high school? :rolf:
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Post by slowlearner » 14 Jul 2014, 22:33

^ I know the feeling. My handle ain't 'slowlearner' for no reason. :/
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Re: Build #1

Post by basshack » 15 Jul 2014, 07:29

narcdor wrote:
basshack wrote:Bugger forgot all about this, was going to enroll too.

Watch the mahogany body. Very dense wood with good tone but heavy as. Small body like the Warwick Thumb okay but standard Fender-ish shape and it'll get up there.

Have fun it looks like a good course.
Can let you know if there are any places left?

I can handle a heavy body, been playing heavy Warwicks for the last 10 years, but weight wasn't something I'd considered, thanks for reminding me.
Thanks, I'm checking today. Hopefully I'm in if not next year.
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Re: Build #1

Post by narcdor » 15 Jul 2014, 23:19

First day. Decided on mahogany after all. Glued up getting ready for the thicknesser. The grain has a lovely wavy S shape to it, bookmatched (not actually but kind of) making mirror waves on the other side.

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Re: Build #1

Post by BassInvader » 15 Jul 2014, 23:28

Looks like fun :D

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Re: Build #1

Post by basshack » 15 Jul 2014, 23:32

Talked to David earlier today and he said he had a full class, might have enough for another night though. Have fun!
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Re: Build #1

Post by slowlearner » 16 Jul 2014, 09:57

:) Looks good.
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