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: www.myspace.com/andrewthomassolomusic.
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