How to Build a Bass Guitar

Best Bass Gear wants you to learn how to build a bass guitar, so we have developed the How to build a bass guitar series of articles.

Each article takes a look at the different areas of building a bass, and includes not only useful information but also useful tips and tricks.

Please note: This is a work in progress. Not every step is listed just yet, but we are releasing one article per week until every build step is covered.

Remember, each step has a comment area, so if you have a question, feel free to ask and we'll answer as soon as we can.

  1. The full scale drawing
  2. Routing the truss rod channel (need a truss rod?)
  3. Gluing a fretboard
  4. Cutting the fret slots
  5. Cutting a two-dimensional profile of a neck
  6. Smoothing the neck
  7. Radiusing the fingerboard
  8. Inlay and side marker installation
  9. Scalloping the headstock
  10. Fret installation
  11. Fret dressing
  12. Neck carving
  13. The body layout
  14. Neck pocket template fabrication part 1
  15. Neck pocket template fabrication part 2
  16. Neck pocket template fabrication part 3
  17. Neck pocket template fabrication part 4
  18. Routing the neck pocket into the body – Part 1
  19. Routing the neck pocket into the body – Part 2
  20. Fabricating a control cavity routing template – Part 1
  21. Fabricating a control cavity routing template – Part 2
  22. Routing the control cavity - Part 1
  23. Routing the control cavity - Part 2
  24. Routing the control cavity - Part 3
  25. Routing the pickup cavity
  26. Drilling Pickup and Ground Wire Holes
  27. Mounting the Neck - Part 1
  28. Mounting the Neck - Part 2
  29. Making a P Bass pickup routing template for the pick guard - Part 1 (need pickups?)
  30. Making a P Bass pickup routing template for the pick guard - Part 2
  31. Routing the pickup opening in the pick guard - Part 1
  32. Routing the pickup opening in the pick guard - Part 2
  33. Drilling holes and cutting out the pick guard - Part 1
  34. Drilling holes and cutting out the pick guard - Part 2
  35. Pick guard edge beveling
  36. Pick guard neck cutout
  37. Cutting out the body - Part 1
  38. Cutting out the body - Part 2
  39. Taking down the treble side rib
  40. Spindle sanding the body
  41. Carving the rear body contour, i.e. the "tummy cut"
  42. The forearm contour
  43. Body edge roundover
  44. Finalizing the body shape / Rough Sanding part 1
  45. Finalizing the body shape / Rough Sanding part 2
  46. Finalizing the body shape / Rough Sanding part 3
  47. Finalizing the body shape / Rough Sanding part 4