Yes - I know...another bass! Sort of good news in a way - each time I finish a bass, I seem to get an enquiry for another and different one. The only downside, because I only tackle one full project at a time, is that it has been AGES since I did a 6-string electric build.
After this one, a Mouradian-style 4 string bass, I've been asked to build a short scale (c 25") piccolo bass, so that will feel more like a 6 string at least
But this one is another unusual one. It is in the style of the bass that Jim Mouradian built for Chris Squire of Yes:
The guy who's asked me to build it has actually built himself a couple on the past - including a double neck one! Anyway, he wants a through neck one and had seen the recent EB-3 build so came my way.
The basic construction I've chosen is similar.
Through neck with wings, then top on top. Here were the templates - slightly slimmer than the original:
Maple / rosewood/ maple neck was thicknessed, trued up and glued and then notched at a 2 degree neck angle to accept the mahogany top. It is going to be solid colour painted (cream), so the mahogany mismatch isn't an issue:
With such a complex shape, it was too risky to cut out the wings until the top fit was sorted, even though the wings will be glued first. Once the top and neck were trial-fitted, I could trace the shape onto the back wings and cut those out: