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5 String Bass Build

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Re: 5 String Bass Build

Postby Gordon Bellerose » Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:59 pm

I'm just letting whomever may be following this thread, where I am in the build.
I spent yesterday doing a fret level and dressing on the bass, and another 6 string I'm building at the same time.
Today was wet sand and buff day. Two bodies, two necks.
Been a busy weekend.

More pictures to follow.
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Re: 5 String Bass Build

Postby Gordon Bellerose » Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:05 pm

Alright. I'm done.
Here is a picture of the completed bass. It is simply sitting on a kitchen chair.
Before I welcome your comments, let me tell you a bit about the guitar.
One thing I will say about the bass, despite being a long scale, is very well balanced due to the longer upper horn.

35 inch scale. (I did that for better tone on the bottom B string.)
Top = Flamed Maple
Body = Wenge. Cherry, Hard Maple
Neck = Cherry, wenge, hard maple.
1 3/4 at nut. 3 inch at base. String spacing is a bit closer together at the nut than a Fender. Very nice.
Fret board = Macassar Ebony
Inlay = Abalone
Nordstrand Big Split singles. (like a jazz bass on steroids)
Full Contact Hardware bridge.
250k pots. Vol. Tone. Blend.
Hipshot Ultralight Tuners.

5 String Bass 1.jpg
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Re: 5 String Bass Build

Postby Peter Wilcox » Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:13 pm

That's a beautiful instrument. My only concern would be the security of the upper strap button.
Maybe I can't fix it, but I can fix it so no one can fix it
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Re: 5 String Bass Build

Postby Beate Ritzert » Fri Sep 08, 2017 4:14 pm

That's a really beautiful bass.
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Re: 5 String Bass Build

Postby Gordon Bellerose » Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:50 pm

Peter Wilcox wrote:That's a beautiful instrument. My only concern would be the security of the upper strap button.

Peter. I used a long screw in that button. It goes in at least 1 1/4 inches. I hung the whole weight of the bass on it to test it.

Beate Ritzert wrote:That's a really beautiful bass.

Thanks Beate! I will take some more pics of the back of the guitar tomorrow and post them. It is beautiful from the rear also.
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Re: 5 String Bass Build

Postby Bob Francis » Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:07 pm

Really nice Gord!
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Re: 5 String Bass Build

Postby Peter Wilcox » Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:47 pm

Gordon Bellerose wrote:
Peter Wilcox wrote:That's a beautiful instrument. My only concern would be the security of the upper strap button.

Peter. I used a long screw in that button. It goes in at least 1 1/4 inches. I hung the whole weight of the bass on it to test it.


Glad to hear that, Gordon - I'll sleep better tonight. :D
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Re: 5 String Bass Build

Postby Gordon Bellerose » Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:14 am

Peter Wilcox wrote:
Gordon Bellerose wrote:
Peter Wilcox wrote:That's a beautiful instrument. My only concern would be the security of the upper strap button.

Peter. I used a long screw in that button. It goes in at least 1 1/4 inches. I hung the whole weight of the bass on it to test it.


Glad to hear that, Gordon - I'll sleep better tonight. :D

One other thing you can't see is that the end of the upper horn is filed flat just wide enough for the strap button base. It stabilizes it quite a bit.
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Re: 5 String Bass Build

Postby Gordon Bellerose » Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:53 pm

Here are the promised pics of the rear of the bass.

Finished Rear 1.jpg


Finished Rear 2.jpg


Finished Rear 3.jpg
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Re: 5 String Bass Build

Postby Peter Wilcox » Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:52 pm

I really, really like your neck/body join. That curve just naturally flows around the perimeter; the matching of the body and neck stripes is perfect. If it weren't for the screws, I'd think it was a neck thru build. You've done a fantastic job, and a really nice design!
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Re: 5 String Bass Build

Postby Gordon Bellerose » Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:15 pm

Thanks very much Peter. I didn't know how this was going to turn out when I started.
Well, I kinda did, but you never know when its the first one you build.
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Re: 5 String Bass Build

Postby Frederiek de Vette » Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:45 am

Oh wow!! Congratulations! It's stunning :shock:

How does it play? How does it SOUND??
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