Before you set out to try to build a bass, you need to know what you’re getting into. Other supplies include razor blades, carpet tape, painters tape, lots of sandpaper from 220 to 1000 grit, face masks/respirator, rubber gloves, wood glue, super glue, clear epoxy, feeler gauge, fret oil, polishing compound, binding tape, razor blades, ½” tap and tap handle (due to my table mounting process, and a board to mount the guitar onto for the routing).
After you’ve constructed the pieces of your acoustic bass guitar, just treat them like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and assemble the instrument using appropriate adhesives (wood glue, etc.) But know that glue alone will not properly hold elements such as the strap buttons, neck, machine heads and saddle;these will require wood screws … unless you want the instrument to fall apart soon.
While sound and tone may be most important, because it is a musical instrument, after all, the looks of the guitar are what everyone will notice, even when the guitar isn’t plugged in. Even though you can expect a specific type of wood to look and sound a certain way, there are minor nuances that can change, depending on the the environment in which the tree grew, like grain pattern, color, shade, weight, and density.
For example, jazz basses, designed for use in jazz music but popular across many genres, traditionally have a different neck size or shape to other bass guitars, with pickup configurations designed to produce brighter tones, and body shapes that identify the instrument as a jazz guitar While it is not necessary to rigidly conform to traditional designs, use of some bass guitar parts will be restricted by their fit and features.
I just hope there’s more REGGAE bass lines added as well as more bass lines from Jimi Hendrix. The wood-cutting machine can make a neck and a body in less than two hours and can cut multiple pieces at once. Six-week course covering all aspects of the process from design to construction to finishing of a flat-top guitar. Tip: Because the adjustments that control playability are affected by string gauge and tension, be sure your bass sports the type of strings you plan to use.
This means: make sure all ‘ground’ pins of the components, starting with the one from the output jack, are connected together without making any loops. My Jazz bass ended up fretless, steel flatwound strings, angled tuning pegs, and pretty little pearl vol/tone knobs. You can build any body in any shape you want since it is electric, Its the pickup that will produce the sound. Unless you work strictly from templates (body, body cavities, neck) my suggestion is to make the neck first as poster suggested. It speaks for itself that you test your guitar thoroughly before thinking about painting.