IT’S ALIVE! COMPLETED 5 STRING BASS. Here is the completed bass. Mahogany body, flame maple cap, and custom clear pickguard. Bird’s eye maple neck with a purpleheart fingerboard. 1/2 fretted, 1/2 fretless. Compact headstock and tuners, bone nut, and mother of pear inlays. Custom-wound 5 string jazz bass pickups and piezo microphones in the bridge […]
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 […]
Turning the bobbins into pickups Continuing from the first post, where I assembled the bobbins, I will now show the detail of creating pickups from the bobbins. Once the bobbins are completely assembled and cleaned of any burrs that could damage the wire, they are dipped in shellac to protect the flatwork and put a […]
Hand-wound custom pickups for the 5-string bass As I begin the final step of this bass, I need to wind the two magnetic pickups that will be positioned in the body. The third pickup, a piezo (microphonic) pickup is integrated into each saddle of the bridge. The process of making the pickups involves assembling all […]
Thanks to the good weather here lately, the nitrocellulose lacquer finish has been applied to the bass. With a dozen coats of lacquer applied to the body and the neck, the bass will now hang for at least a couple weeks to allow the lacquer to cure. Once the lacquer is hard enough to buff, […]
With a drop in humidity and some cooler weather, I’ve made some good progress on the Custom 5 String. Closing in on the finishing touches, which includes a special touch on the headstock for a custom order. Stay tuned.
I’m very excited about my latest custom build, a custom 5 string bass, because I get to incorporate some unusual elements into a bass guitar. A 5 string bass is such an uncommon instrument that almost all of them are custom, so I began by creating the design in a CAD model. By specifically designing this […]