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Username: blazer

Post Number: 208
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 - 12:02 pm:   Edit Post

Well so my dad's 70'th birthday is nearing and I decided to make a bass in his honor, a bass which he unknowingly designed.

See back when I was a boy he once made me toy guitar by sawing out what is roughly the shape of an electric guitar on a piece of plywood with a piece of construction lumber as a neck.

The neck has long since gone but the body was always kept, the paintjob I did back then has since flaked and faded.

But I kept looking at that old body and going "How cool would it be to turn this old thing into a real playing instrument for dad's birthday?"

So I took it to the workshop, traced it onto a new piece of plywood, cleaned up a lot of the wonky lines and made it into a template for a four string bass.

Initially my idea was to honor the original toy by using scrap material so I routed out a body from pine, to be finished in black with a Fender style pickguard (you can make out the place where I drew the pickguard on the original toy) but when orders came in for basses made from very pretty pieces of maple I decided to make it into deluxe bass.

It has a Hippie Sandwich body of striped maple, Cedrella (Spanish ceder) and tiger maple. The pickups are custom wound Harry Hauessel units and the Bridge is a Leo Quann badass II.

Go here to see the whole process.

I hope you guys dig my handywork here, it certainly was a labor of love.
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 1586
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 - 12:40 pm:   Edit Post

Awesome story behind the build. Have you presented it to your father yet?
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 3059
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 - 1:12 pm:   Edit Post

Lovely tribute!
Username: growlypants

Post Number: 62
Registered: 3-2011
Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 - 2:48 pm:   Edit Post

Wow. I'm certain your dad will be deeply touched. Congrats on the build, the idea, and ofcourse, the occasion!!
Advanced Member
Username: jzstephan

Post Number: 206
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 - 4:01 pm:   Edit Post

Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1604
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 - 9:42 pm:   Edit Post

Way too cool! My son gave me a guitar, but building one?? Tell your dad I'll trade him kids.......

Senior Member
Username: pauldo

Post Number: 1068
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 8:44 am:   Edit Post

Coolest bass EVER!
Nothing like love being put into an instrument. :-D
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11214
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 2:25 pm:   Edit Post

Nice work!

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