Whether you are a beginner or experienced guitar builder, this instructional guide will help you build your own custom bass guitar in just a few easy steps. Before we begin, you will need a few tools and materials.
you will need are: Router with a 2'' straight bit and a 3/4'' round over bit, a jigsaw, a pair of bar clamps,a Phillips screwdriver, a drill with 1/8''-1/2'' bits, a solder gun, sandpaper with grits 120,220,400,600,1200, 1 pint of wood conditioner or shellack, and 1 pint of clear gloss polyurethane. The materials
you will need are as follows: 1 sheet 1/2'' x 24''x 24'' plywood or MDF, 1 body blank 2''x 24''x 16'' ( I will be using African Padauk), a standard 5-string bass bolt-on neck ( I custom order mine though www.warmoth.com/
), a pair of pickups ( I prefer Bartolini 589-J style), a preamp (once again, Bartolini brand 4.2 prewired harness from www.bartolini.com/
) , a 5-string bass bridge ( I use Takeuchi brand in gloss black) , 5 tuning machines, a pair of strap locks, a cover plate, a neck plate, and a set of bass strings. This build will take a minimum of two days, and requires an advanced skill with woodworking tools.