this is an unconventional way of building an electric or bass guitar. i have built a total of 14 including this one.
one of the electric guitar that i have built has lived for 4 years now, but still plays that good.
my building construction has a downside, and i'll talk about that during the build process.
the advantage of this instructable is that it is cheap.
since i have have 7 guitars i decided to build a bass.
i dont know why, but this bass design from rickenbacker is so captivating to the eye.
Step 1: Prepare materials
machine head, pick ups, female jack, potentiometer, string
any hard type of wood, since the goal is to minimize the cost, salvaging wood is the best solution..
the only wood i bought is for the neck which cost about $8..
main tools -->hand saw, chisel, hammer, ruler(a T-square is much better), isometric triangle 30x60(it'll come in handy), sandpaper.
electronics-->soldering iron, soldering lead.
other tools -->scissors, screwdriver.
i dont know in some countries if this is available, but i think any industrial glue can be used.
to keep the budget low i used enamel paint
big sized paper, pencil, shoe laces/clamps(is much better), G.I. wire,
and pure muscle =) (for those with less muscles)..
Step 2: Design the body
things to consider when creating a pattern:
check if you have proper tools for creating the desired pattern.
if you dont have power tools, then i suggest you build an easier pattern.. i.e a flying V or a Dean ML
but if you are like me who is patient and wants to put a lot of sweat to their work, then go with any design.
also design the headstock, as for my build i took a rickenbacker design.