How to build a bass guitar – Finish sanding the neck part 1

In this build step, we begin finish sanding the neck. Below: Two Super Jet brand glues (medium/red and thin/blue), furniture powder (used as a filler material, rosewood dust could have also been used), 150-grit adhesive-backed sandpaper, a hard block and the neck itself. Below: A view of the visible gaps beneath the frets. Below: Furniture … Read more

How to build a bass guitar – Laying out the nut slots and trimming the nut blank part 1

Below: This is what will be used for this build step. The neck itself, a circle template, mechanical pencil, mahogany veneer blanks, calculator, ruler, woodworking/machinist square and radius gauge. Below: The current state of the nut in the slot before work is started. Below: The square has been used to mark the proposed ends of … Read more

How to build a bass guitar – Cutting the nut slot and prepping the nut blank part 2

This is a contiuation from part 1. Below: The file is now being used to smooth the nut channel. All rough edges left behind from the chisel will be smoothed out. Below: The finished nut channel Below: The current blank is oversized, which in this case is good because it can be cut down to … Read more

How to build a bass guitar – Cutting the nut slot and prepping the nut blank part 1

Below: The tools used for this step. Shown is a radius block, two F clamps, pull saw (sometimes called a japanese saw), strips of mahogany veneer, cow bone nut blank, pre-made acoustic guitar saddle, micro-chisel (about 1/8″ wide), 1/8″ nut seating file (the tool with orange handle), two utility blades, digital vernier caliper, sticky-back 150-grit … Read more