It was an absolute pleasure to make this instrument. It was also a great opportunity to record the process and share it with everyone. I have always loved to watch how things are made. The processes are fun to see, and it teaches you all sorts of ideas.
I am posting the complete series here, in 2-3 video segments until everything is available. The posts will happen every couple to few days. Check back often to see more videos in the series, and enjoy watching the process.
How to Make an Electric Bass – 24 Video Series Part Thirteen “Fret Trimming”
I have a different way of trimming my frets that most luthiers. I also build my fretboards separate from the neck. Then, I glue the finished board to the neck. Finally, I shape the neck to the fretboard. I like this process, because once I get the fretboard perfect, I make the neck match, and the process is far easier.
How to Make an Electric Bass – 24 Video Series, Part Fourteen “Neck Gluing”
I glue my fretboard to the neck using carpet tacks for alignment. Once the fretboard is placed where I want it, I drive in tacks to keep it in place. This allows me to remove the board and add glue. Replacing it is easy, because the tacks do all the work. I simply place the fretboard back in position, and snug it up to the tacks. This prevents having to measure again once everything is covered with glue. Finally, clamps are applied, and the process is complete.
My Electric Bass Body Swap article explains an easy way to get into guitar making. The body swap method allows you to make the body only, and use parts from another bass to complete the build. This is a nice introduction to guitar making. It also lets you see if you like the process before going all in.
If you have any questions about my How to Make an Electric Bass 24 Video Series, please leave a comment and I will answer them. Happy building.
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