Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Dunluce IB bass guitar

Here is a few pictures of the construction of this simple bass guitar I made very much based upon the Fender Precision bass.
Dunluce IB Bass
The body is made from ash, the neck is maple and rosewood.
The scale length is 34" and the bridge is a clone fully adjustable.
The electronics are really basic having a single Seymour Duncan Basslines SPB-3 Pickup Quarter-Pound pickup, a volume and tone control. That's it!

I made the neck flatter than normal with a 14" radius and the normal 20 frets. All the hardware is chromed high end Schaller.
The neck is just bolted on with 4 screws and the strings are standard 40 to 100s.

The tone however is pure 60s thud and ideal for rock, soul, R&B, jazz (to a certain extent) and most other genres. The Seymour Duncan SPB-3 is a higher output pickups and works well into most bass amps or DI's straight into the desk.

I finished the guitar with traditional Lake Placid blue nitrocellulose paint with clear gloss nitrocellulose lacquer over the top.

The scratchplate was made from 3 ply white-black-white stock.
The nut I fashioned from bone.

All the electronics cavities are lined with copper foil tape for RF shielding.

Bass after a couple of coats of Lake Placid blue.
6 coats were applied and then 6 coats of clear.

Fretboard Masked prior to lacquering

Rear of neck.
Truss rod is inside so no skunk stripe in this one.

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