Attention to details on the 5 string bass
As I enter the home stretch of this custom bass build, I’m focusing on details. Today, I sealed the area under the frets to ensure good tone and better appearance. I also began to finalize the neck by starting the nut and oiling the fretboard.
I’m a big fan of bone nuts, since they impart a much richer tone than a pre-fabricated plastic nut. Also, since this is a custom build, the likelihood that I’d find a prefabricated nut to match this 5 string bass is pretty low.
Oiling the Fingerboard
Since the oil for the fingerboard will take a few days to apply, I started today with the first coats. I like Tru-Oil for fingerboards. It’s a product designed to protect gunstocks, so it should stand up to the abuse that this 1/2 fretless neck will deliver. It’s also renewable, so when it starts to show a little wear, just add another coat.
You can see the difference that a couple coats of oil makes on this purpleheart fingerboard. As I continue to add coats and buff them, the fingerboard will develop a soft lustre and highlight the curly figure of the grain.
That’s it for today, but more tomorrow.