Tag Archives: Kill The Treble


In the Meantime…

This gallery contains 6 photos.

My daytime job this has left me with very little time, as my bass still sits waiting. Continue reading


Next Item Up….

This gallery contains 1 photos.

Now with everything square and flat, it’s time to undo most of the work with tapered cuts, and tapered thicknesses Sounds like a headache. Continue reading


A tricky joint to “roll”

This gallery contains 2 photos.

It’s not what you think. Continue reading


The only math I like

This gallery contains 4 photos.

In cabinetry and furniture woodworkers will all agree that taking time to layout joinery, oversizing the stock, and sneaking up on the finished dimensions is a must if you want success in the final result. Continue reading


The Blind Leading Myself ?

This gallery contains 3 photos.

The blind leading myself ? Sometimes but not always. I don’t suffer from multiple personality disorder. I publically admitted that there have been several times when I wanted to trash this first attempt at building a bass guitar. Continue reading

Design Revisited, & Lessons Learned

This very moment is the first I’ve had in almost a month to pick up where I left off. This moment also marks a second attempt at building a bass guitar. In hindsight I needed some time to regroup, come up with a design I truly loved, and the ever critical decision of wood selection. As before this bass is made from multiple pieces of wood, starting with a body core, and neck of Mahogany. The top plate is still somewhat a question, as I’ve worked on a piece of book matched Tiger Maple, and this wood is definitely exhibition grade material. The only hesitation in employing this species is that Tiger Maple can be found on so many guitars, both factory and custom.

With all that being said, I spent the better part of the last hour gluing up the core blank, with two inlay strips of Maple/Walnut/Maple, that will fall on either side of the center line. Gluing up solid body guitar blanks is much for stressful with the race against adhesives that feature superior strength and little patience. The term “open time” is a myth, glue is glue as far as I can tell. In order to ensure a flat blank I clamped from every angle that matters, and since my vise has yet to find a home in my new home/shop, part of it serves as the perfect weight to hold everything down. Now that time is once again on my side, I’ll be able to consider the Tiger Maple as the top plate or is there a better choice? Chances are it will be the Tiger Maple as my checking account is boss in this area.

Kill the Treble…

This is the first of hopefully many posts about making bass guitars. I’ve decided to provided insight on the purpose of this journey on the “about” page. My first bass is a 4 string, with a Honduras mahogany core, and a walnut top. The finger board is wenge, followed by a headstock veneer of either walnut, or zebra wood. The work will be done as I can get to it, so day 1 to-day 2 might be a week apart, hopefully not but just so you know. Happy Thumping!