Course: September 2013
Michael Argent    Den Edwards    Alex Kinchin    Tom Wilkinson

Instrument details: Alex Kinchin - Thru-neck Electric Bass Guitar


Alex starts by thicknessing the purpleheart splices for his thru-neck.

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The maple pieces are also planed flat and to thickness ready for gluing.

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The resulting section is then planed flat and square.

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The truss rod has been fitted and the walnut wings are glued to the central section.

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The headstock veneer is then glued on.

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Small holes are drilled for location dowels to stop the fingerboard slipping during the gluing - these will be covered by the frets in the final instrument.

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Gluing the fingerboard.

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The neck is then reduced to the fingerboard dimensions.

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On a bass guitar the fingerboard is planed under tension. When released it changes into a back bow that will pull forward again under string tension.

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Drilling for the fingerboard dots.

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The pickup cavities are next to be routed.

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The trial stringing is the time for getting the set-up finalised.

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Wiring the pickups.

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Alex checks that everything is working well.

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Course: September 2013
Michael Argent    Den Edwards    Alex Kinchin    Tom Wilkinson

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