Post Number: 208
|Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 - 12:02 pm: |
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.
Post Number: 1586
|Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 - 12:40 pm: |
Awesome story behind the build. Have you presented it to your father yet?
Post Number: 3059
|Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 - 1:12 pm: |
Post Number: 62
|Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 - 2:48 pm: |
Wow. I'm certain your dad will be deeply touched. Congrats on the build, the idea, and ofcourse, the occasion!!
Post Number: 206
|Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 - 4:01 pm: |
Post Number: 1604
|Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 - 9:42 pm: |
Way too cool! My son gave me a guitar, but building one?? Tell your dad I'll trade him kids.......
Post Number: 1068
|Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 8:44 am: |
Coolest bass EVER!
Nothing like love being put into an instrument. :-D
Post Number: 11214
|Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 2:25 pm: |