4 String Omega

4 String Fretless

Ebony Fretboard

Mahogany Body (Semi-hollow)

Claro Walnut Top with Custom “Sound Hole”

Walnut Set-Neck

Hipshot A-Style Bridge and Tuners

Ebony Nut

JC Basses Custom Pickups

All Black Hardware

 

August 28, 2008

I cut out the template of MDF for the body, neck and headstock.

 

September 2, 2008

I was able to find a chunk of claro walnut that was 2.5″ thick for the top. I had to resaw it on my bandsaw to make the bookmatched top that is 1/4″ thick. Here are a few quick pictures of the top with and without the template to give you an idea of what it will look like.

 

September 13, 2008

I finally got to put in a full day of work.

I glued the neck laminates together, cut the neck profile, shaped the headstock, drilled the tuner holes, made the truss rod route, made the volute and started shaping the neck. Oh and I also am letting the headstock cover dry as we speak.

I glued the bookmatched claro walnut top together, rough cut out the shape and glued a black veneer to the back.

I took off about 1/16th of an inch in thickness of the snakewood fretboard, then tapered it to its proper size. I also put in the side dot markers.

I then cut out the truss rod cover, have yet to inlay my “J” logo in it.

 

September 17, 2008

I spent a couple hours working on the body this morning. I finished almost all the routing except for the control cavity area.

Here are a couple pictures of the body with the top sitting on it.

All the wood and the bridge.

 

September 23, 2008

Somewhere in there you can see the top being glued to the body.

I went ahead and rounded all the edges over roughly. After taking quite a bit of wood out of this body it is surprisingly heavy, which will help it balance better.

 

October 4, 2008

I ended up making the neck over, this time all out of walnut. It will look better from the back in my opinion. I also made the neck pocket and have started on the pickup routes. I can’t finish those until I finish the custom pickups I made and have the final sizes.

 

January 12, 2009

After taking time off to build the Mandobass, I am back to work on this one. Sadly, the snakewood fretboard has been taken off to be used for something else. So I made a new neck out of black walnut and I will be using an ebony fretboard instead. I finished the pickup routes and neck pocket. I plan on making some new pickup covers as well since I wasn’t happy with the first set.

 

February 2, 2009

I got the new ebony fretboard glued on with the truss rod installed. I also started shaping the back of the neck.

 

February 7, 2009

The bass is really coming along, I have mostly everything done. I made new pickup covers, glued some claro walnut on the headstock, made the side dot markers, drilled the jack hole, drilled the straplock holes and glued the neck in. All I have left before the whole finish sanding process is to do the control cavity cover.

 

February 15, 2009

Not much to update here besides a lot of sanding. The fretboard is pretty glossy already, almost mirror like. I did punch the serial number “JC0914″ into the back of the headstock. I also decided to go without a preamp for a more natural tone. There will be a volume, tone and blend knob.

 

February 20, 2009

I am pretty sure I finished everything there is to do on this bass as far as woodworking goes. I made the control cavity cover and lip it goes in, drilled dozens of various screw holes and sanded for hours. This is how the bass stands after 1 coat of tung oil.

 

February 21, 2009

Almost done with the finish. I’ll put some wax on it soon and let it harden for awhile before I try to assemble it.

 

February 24, 2009

The finish is done and I am working on assembly right now. Still waiting on knobs and string through ferrules. I forgot how much I love the sound of flatwounds on an unfinished ebony fingerboard…

 

February 27, 2009

Here they are!!

Customer Testimonial

“Hey man, I got the bass yesterday and it’s amazing! REALLY! It is completely incredible. Exactly what I wanted and everything I hoped it would be. Man, you did a great job, it’s beautiful. I took it to band practice last night and it sounded great. The guys in the group loved it. They even said that maybe I should think about just playing this bass on everything, instead of doubling on the upright like I have been. Again, thanks a million for making my dream come true. This is without a doubt, the best instrument I’ve ever had. I love it!”

- Brandon Cottongim