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How to create an electric bass guitar via wood lamination and other various woodcrafting techniques

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Step 6: Creating a Body Blank:

Well no semi conventional bass guitar is complete without a body. It will be the home of your bridge, pickups and controls. So lets get into it without delay because there is some detailed work involved.

1. For my bass guitar body I used some Red Maple. I bought a plank that was about 2 inches thick and was 4 feet long and 10 inches wide. This was more than was needed but a small portion of the plank was slightly cracked and had a knot in it. So when you go out looking for a nice piece of wood for the body be sure to find a piece that is free of damage and has no knots. Also think about where you will be cutting the plank in half at in relation to its grain.

2. A major factor to think about when designing your Bass guitar body is the ergonomics of the instrument. Being able to comfortably manipulate the instrument while playing should be an important factor of the design.

3. I recommend using a reciprocating saw or a band saw to cut your piece of wood in half. A reciprocating saw is a reliable tool to create straight cut lines. However if you do not have either of these and you are a fan of hand saws go for it.

4.So now that you have cut the plank in two lets get onto the lamination of the body blank. This process will be a little different compared to the neck blank.
*Line up the two pieces of wood with the grain going in opposite directions this time.
*Before applying any glue lay out your clamps so the blank can be easily placed in the clamps. When you place the blank into the clamps and tighten them the body will want to break apart at the middle seem. To remedy this you want to place weight on top of both sides of the body blank.

  • When your clamps are ready take a damp cloth and moisten the two edges that you will be gluing together and apply the glue. Press both pieces together and remember to wipe off any excess glue that seaps out the sides.

*After applying glue, carefully place the body blank securely inside the clamps. Put pressure on top while tightening the clamps so the body does not buckle.

5. When the body is tightly clamped at as much pressure as can be made, check to see if the body is still even and clear off any excess glue. Now for another break because the body blank will need to sit in those clamps for at least a few days just as you did with the neck blank.
 
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