posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 05:58 PM
Originally posted by Infi8nity
Thats one bad lookin mofo. Is it cheaper to make one, comparing it to one in store of similar quality?
You should show us your others.
I spend around $600 on hardware. I have ordered basses from the internet for $250 and used the hardware and pickups from them before. Typically, the
pickups are cheap. I use Bartolini pickups. They are superior to anything I have used in the past. I use Carvin EQ and tuners. They are reasonably
priced. The neck runs around $250 to buy. The ones I make cost me around $50, but the time it takes to fret the neck is involved. You can build a
bass if you have the ability to make templates for routing. The routing is the difficult part to get right. For shaping the body and necks, I use an
angle grinder with a lapped sanding bit. It cuts the wood like butter. After that, I use a file to refine the shape and then a sander. After doing
this for some time now, I have it down to a science.
Here are some other pics.
This is one I wish I would have kept. I stretch the bottom wing out so that neck dive is eliminated.
I also do my headstock different than usual and fan out the tuners.
I made this one for a guy in Japan
Another Six String Fretless
This next one is the second bass I had ever made. It was a good bass, but not nearly as nice as the ones above.
And then there is base One. Ouch! The guy that bought it LOVE IT! It was a hollow body fretless and did have a great sound. It was made entirely
from wood off an old piano. The hardware was purchased from pawn shops for under $40. The guy that bought it swore it was the best fretless he had
ever played. Had a real growl to it.
edit on 8-6-2013 by EnochWasRight because: (no reason given)