Sunday, April 15, 2012


Did some shopping this weekend after getting paid for that parts bass. Found this old Power King drill press. It needs some work (understatement) but I did use it to bore some holes in The 1936 and it worked fine. I'll get some before and after pics once I get it with the router. The press is pretty shaky (literally) right now, and things were falling off my table. I decided the best thing to do would be build a little shelf so I can get all that stuff off the table, which is definitely not a bad thing. I'm hoping that one I flip the motor pulley to the correct position and get the belt straight that some of the wobble will go away. I'm beginning to see that building a workshop is just as if not more challenging than building a guitar.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Couple more shots of The 1936. The dots are made from maple scrap from the neck. Drilled the holes with a 1/4" forstner bit and made the dot with a 1/4" tapered plug cutter. The headstock will likely get a little more subtle shaping. Ryan said he wanted it to look "utilitarian" so I took that to mean "like a shovel."

Friday, April 13, 2012

Bye bye black bird

Customer is coming to pick this up in the morning. 30 1/2" scale bass made from spare parts.

Adventures in resawing

Had another piece of that Jatoba that I managed to eek 4 rough fingerboard blanks out of. Now I just need a good slotting system...

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The 1936

The picture below is a maple neck blank with a truss rod glued in, and a slotted black walnut fingerboard. The body is my own design and will be made out of butternut. To the right you can see the fingerboard glued on and ready for dots. This is a custom build for Ryan Owens He said he wanted a dummy proof guitar, and so it was originally going to be a telecaster (not that I think tele players are dummies.) but then it morphed into this. Callaham bridge, Kluson tuners and Ryan has some old RIC single coils to drop in. It's working name is The 1936.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

On the table...

Hey there. So what we have going here is a mid 60's Kapa Continental Bass that I'll be bringing back from beyond the grave of one of the worst refins I've ever seen. It will be getting a coat of primer and a very opaque finish, something like an Ocean Turquoise. Though I'd really like to match the finish of my parrot vise. Setting up to spray will be thrilling at the least.

In the vise is the neck for Bass Hammer Number One! It's a 5 piece neck made of Jatoba (Brazillian Cherry) which I got as scrap from the local hardwood supplier. It's a little on the thin side (like I said, it's scrap) so I may have to get a little experimental with the truss rod. I'll be making the truss rod myself, look for that in the coming weeks. Months?

And very exciting is a custom build for Ryan Owens. I'll post some more photos of what's going on with that in another entry.