How to Make an Electric Bass – 24 Video Series

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how to make an electric bassHere are parts fifteen and sixteen in the How to Make an Electric Bass 24 Video Series. The series details the complete construction of an electric bass from start to finish.

This is a through neck, solid wood, four string bass. The neck is made from Curly Maple, and the body is made of Mahogany with a Padauk top. The fretboard is East Indian Rosewood, with Padauk fret dots to match the top. You can create your own exotic hardwood fret dots by reading this article.

If you are thinking about making an electric bass, or making a guitar, there is an easy way to start. You can do a simple body swap instead of a full build for the first instrument. This allows you to make the body only, and use parts from an existing bass for the rest. It is a good introduction to making instruments, and it will help you decide if this is the right craft for you. See more about doing a body swap here.

The earlier videos in the series are all on the website, and the rest will be posted every few days until they are all available.

How to Make an Electric Bass – 24 Video Series, Part Fifteen, “Headstock”

Video fifteen covers adding the headstock veneer. Most headstocks have smaller pieces of wood glued to the ends to widen the piece. These leave visible glue lines, and need to be covered. Using a piece of thin wood, the face of the headstock is covered, and the joints are concealed. It gives the neck a clean look, and allows for plenty of room to place the tuning machines.

How to Make an Electric Bass – 24 Video Series, Part Sixteen, “Body Work”

Video sixteen covers how to cut out the body pieces. With a through neck bass, the body is made a little differently. Two pieces are glued to the sides of the lower portion of the neck piece. These are the same thickness as the base of the tail of the neck, and together they form a solid body.

If you have any questions on how to make an electric bass, please leave a comment and I will be glad to answer them. Happy building.

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