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This is going to be a slow build - I'll only be doing work on it in between DIy and other builds.

So a few years back at the SW Bass Bash @Rich gave me a piece of hardwood from an old window that looked like it might be useful to make a neck from. Last year at another bass bash @Frank Blank gave me a couple of pieces of hardwood that 'might be useful' to me. The pieces weren't quite big enough to make a standard body from so I put them to one side.

I saw a picture of a Telecaster bass using what looked like a Telecaster guitar. which I thought looked interesting. I checked the dimensions and still the larger piece of hardwood Frank gave me was still just a little narrow. After a quick scrat through the offcuts I had, I found a piece long enough to make up the difference and end up with a body bank of a suitable size.

My initial plan for this is for the bass to be passive using a Retrovibe Mudbucker pickup with coil tapping, hardware I already have (generic elephant ear tuners, Wilkinson bridge, Telecaster scratchplate, Telecaster control plate) and for it to be 30" scale (as that seems to suit the shorter body size). There's a good chance something will change along the way but this is something a bit different for me!

So first up, I cut the man piece in half and tried the offcut to make up the centre section. 

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I thicknessed all three pieces to 45mm then flipped the two halves to get the grain running in opposite directions. The centre section was tried with the grain running quarter sawn in between the two wings.

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This ended up with a block big enough for a Telecaster body. The offcut for the centre section has turned out being very similar to the wings which is a bonus. I've dried clamped this to make sure it all lines up.

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I've also thicknessed the neck wood. This has highlighted a couple of small faults in the wood but nothing that can't be worked around.

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Next task for this will be to glue the blank up and to make templates for the body and neck but this may have to wait for a little while as I have another mini bass build in progress.

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I drilled a couple of holes for wiring options then glued the body together and applied by usual five clamps:

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I'm thinking something like this which will be 30" scale. 

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I am toying with the idea of using some veneer on the top and on the headstock but undecided at the moment.

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I've got some flamed maple veneer which my dad gave me years ago that might look quite nice:

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The other option I'm thinking is to use some ash veneer:

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Anyone have any thoughts?

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In the interests of preventing 'neck dive' place the bridge as far back as possible, extend neck pocket to where the front guitar pickup is located.  Having planned (lol) and played around with a very similar idea you can use a guitar fingerboard in this configuration.  The veneer or hardwood both look good, I am thinking mahogany body and neck for mine - the licence plate cigar box 3 string I recently built finished really well with Tru-oil.  Maple, rosewood, ebony or what for the fretboard? Mine is not yet started, am awaiting arrival of some more wood.

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14 hours ago, Frank Blank said:

I’m in.

Likewise.

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That flamed maple veneer looks amazing - why would you not use it?

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