Course: May 2013
John Hepworth    Pete Lewis    Charles Rogers    Kevin Scott    Peter Scott-Wilson

Instrument details: Pete Lewis - Electric bass guitar


Pete starts by joining the two halves of his alder body.

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A scrub plane is ideal for quickly removing excess material.

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A maple cap is joined and glued to the body.

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When installng a truss rod into a one piece neck, a curved channel must be routed from the rear.

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The truss rod is then installed through a hole in the headstock which will be plugged with a walnut dowel.

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Pete is fitting black Tahiti pearl fret markers into the top of the neck.

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Drilling the machine head holes. Simon lines up while Pete watches on.

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Pete fine tunes the neck fit. Care must be taken to allow just the right slack to accommodate the thickness of the lacquer.

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The stain is applied by hand prior to lacquering.

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The lacquer is flattened...

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...and polished.

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The back of Pete's bass.

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A close-up of the front.

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Course: May 2013
John Hepworth    Pete Lewis    Charles Rogers    Kevin Scott    Peter Scott-Wilson

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