Handcrafted basses

Building the Legacy 5

The beginning: bought some planks, Ash and American Walnut, and drawn the contours.

Drawn the neck and headstock, including the placing of the tuners and zero-fret.

The usual situation in my shack, from choas comes something beautiful..

Sawn the neck and made it the right thickness with the router. The headstock is angled backwards a bit so there is no need foor a string tree later on.

Neck in its rough form, fretboard and body.

A gully for the trussrod is being routed in the neck. the clamped-on contraption is for guiding the router.

Slot for the trussrod.

Yep, trussrod fits..

The transition from neck to headstock, seen from the side.

The trussros is glued in with PU glue. When the glues goes in, cover it with plastic (doesn't stick to PU), then a plank is clamped on. The PU glue expands when it dries, and the trussrod fits tight.

Drilled the holes for the neck bolts, and routed a cavity for the screw-ends. They have little hooks, when they're hammered in, they can't turn.

The body is cut out and had it's first rough sanding.

The fretboard is cut and fretslots are drawn on. A piece of aluminum L-profile is clamped on, right next to the line. Checking with the triangle if it is 90 degrees on the center line.

Sawing the fretslots. The blade is mounted reversed, so the sawing action is when pulling the saw. The metal strip under the profile tells when the right depth is reached.

The sides of the neck are straight, so the neck can be clamped on the body to draw the lines for the neckpocket.

The neck with glued fretboard. The routed part is for more playing room next to the pickup.

The headstock has the holes foor the tuners, and a lowered part on the fretboard for the nut.

The neck is not yet rounded at the back, yuu just can see the screw-ends for the neckbolts.

Headstock and transition are looking nice already.

fits nicely..

The cavities for the pickups and electronics are routed. It's important to think ahead how the cables are going to run between the cavities, especially when not using a pickguard.

Backside of the body, routed parts for lowering the screws.

Frets are on the fretboard.

The back of the neck is rounded, a-symmetrical as usual. This means a greater curve on the thumb-side, and a smaller curve on the fingers-side.

Dot markers placed on the neckside, the angle of the headstock is visible here.

This is beginning to look like a bass...

From the bodywood, i cut a block for the electronics. Made it hollow, and drilled some holes.

3 pots and 3 switches fit in there...just.

Fits exactly in the cavity. The body had it's first PU finish, and immediately the woodgrain reveales it's beauty.

All hardware is mounted. Everything in black this time, for a nice contrast with the Ash wood.

And the bass is finished. There is a small difference with the photo's on the "basses" page: after a "testrun", i routed some more off the fretboard near the 24th fret.