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08/13/2008 @ 02:32 AM: As promised I am moving right along on guitar projects. This week I completed another one, but it stands out from the others for one obvious reason: it's a bass!

I am truly a hack bass player. I find my way around the instrument for studio recordings and very (very) seldom gigs. But I've never owned a bass I would consider extremely playable like some of my favorite guitars, and since the comfort and playability factors have been so great with my custom guitar projects thus far I opted to see if I could do the same with a bass. Though I've only had a few days with it, all evidence seems to indicate a success in that respect.

Like the guitar I completed just a couple of weeks ago, the natural flame Tele, I did virtually all of the work on this project. My trusted tech friend Ted Vig made and installed the bone nut, but it was otherwise all me--routing, drilling, wiring, and soldering. This proved to be no small task, as I drilled, from scratch, a unique five-bolt pattern for mounting the neck with ferrules (in lieu of a neck plate). I also had to accurately measure and drill for a string-thru bridge and string ferrules on the back side of the body. The easy compromise would have been to simply install a top-mount bridge, but I've found I genuinely prefer the resonance associated with string-thru instruments.

Pictures of this bass guitar in progress, along with my other guitar projects, can be found in the photos section of my MySpace page:


Body: A&D Solid Alder/Flame Maple; Walnut Stain; Tru-Oil/Wax Finish

Neck: AllParts JRO Maple/Rosewood; C-Shape Profile; 10" Radius; 1 1/2" Bone Nut; Jumbo Frets (20); Chrome String Guide; Tru-Oil/Wax Finish

Pickups: GFS JB Pro Jazz Bass Single Coil Bridge & Neck

Electronics: CTS 250K Volume & Tone Potentiometers w/ Black MXR Style Knobs; Switchcraft Jack w/ Chrome Jack Plate

Hardware: Chrome String-Thru Bridge; Wilkinson Chrome Tuners; Nickel String Ferrules; Chrome Neck Bolt Ferrules; Chrome Strap Buttons


J_Bass_01 (109k image)

J_Bass_02 (95k image)

J_Bass_03 (53k image)

J_Bass_04 (111k image)

J_Bass_05 (78k image)

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Andrew Thomas