Here are parts five, six, and seven in the how to make an electric bass 24 video series. This video series was shot for six gun guitars, which is now Westfarthing Woodworks. I have struggled to maintain two websites, and have since moved everything here.
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These videos are all about the truss rod, and how to make one yourself in the shop. They cover what you need, where you can get it, and how to put everything together.
For a very long time, guitar makers made their own truss rods in the shop. It was not until luthier supply houses came along that truss rods were commonly available. The new rods work well, and shop made variety work just as well.
If you scroll through the website, you will find more videos in the series. This was for a build that I did for a Christmas present, and I filmed the entire thing from start to finish. There will be a total of 24 videos, and they will be posted here until the entire series is available.
How to Make an Electric Bass Video Series – Part Five – The Truss Rod
The first video explains the parts you will need, and where to get them. It covers every piece, and shows you exactly which pieces you will use to create a very strong truss rod right in the shop.
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How to Make an Electric Bass Video Series – Part Six – Truss Rod Making
This video details how to heat the rod and bend it to form the two arms that make the truss rod function. It shows the process in real time, and shows you exactly what you need to do for each step.
How to Make an Electric Bass Video Series – Part Seven – Truss Rod Wrap Up
This video covers threading the rod, and putting everything together. Threading for the block at the end is how the nut actuates the rod. The threaded section is pulled when the nut is tightened, and it makes the rod bend backwards. This is what straightens out the neck.
For more on making guitars, take a look below:
- Fret Slotting Jig (slot fretboards without measuring)
- Making Exotic Wood Fret Dots (use wood scraps to make high end fret dots)
- Finishing with Tru-Oil (finish your guitar without spray equipment)
- Loading the Soundboard (a trick to ensuring great sound from your guitar)
If you have any questions on my how to make an electric bass video series, please leave a comment and I will answer them. Happy building.
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