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

Instrument details: Tom Wilkinson - Electric Bass Guitar


Work starts with the design, from which a body outline template is made. Time is taken to get the line smooth and flowing

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The two halves of the swamp ash body are then planed flat before final fitting and gluing together.

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The glued body is then planed to thickness, marked out with a marking gauge.

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Tom is fitting carbon fibre rods either side of the truss rod, which he is gluing in with epoxy resin.

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Drilling for machine heads.

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The neck is fitted to the pocket in the body.

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Tom is making a decorative imbuya scratchplate which will recessed into the body.

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Routing the recess.

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Installing the frets.

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Tom cleans out the channel for the nut.

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The pickup cavities are then routed.

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Tom checks the set-up during the trial stringing.

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The back of Tom's bass.

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Tom has opted for a natural oil finish and tries out his finished bass.

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

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