8 String Roya

8 String

Quilted Maple top

Mahogany body

Maple/Ebony/Maple/Ebony/Maple neck

Birdseye Maple fretboard (35″ scale)

Searcy String Works pickups

Seymour Duncan EQ

Hipshot gold tuners and bridge

Turquoise finish with burst


October 3, 2007

Here is the Birdseye Maple for the fretboard:

The Honduras Mahogany body blank:

Ebony for the stripes down the neck. It is covered in wax right now, so it doesn’t look as good as it really is. It is jet black.

The most beautiful piece of Quilted Maple I have seen:

I can’t wait to get to work on this one, it will be fun!


October 5, 2007

I rough cut out the templates for the neck and body to see what it will look like. The neck will be trimmed down a bit, but the body is cut to its final shape.


October 10, 2007

I got a little update on the pickups so far from Searcy String Works. He has started winding them and is working on the Ebony pickup covers.


October 12, 2007

I got the Quilted Maple in the mail today and was very happy with what I had purchased.

I then started work on the neck:

After that I rough cut out the body (I mean ROUGH since I did it with my 1″ resaw blade) and started eating away at the neck pocket:

Don’t mind the glue line between the bookmatched Quilted Maple, with a little sanding it will be gone.


October 21, 2007

I finished cutting out the body and went ahead and rounded all the edges over with a 3/4″ bit on the router.

I then rough cut out the neck taper along with the neck thickness on back. I also cut out the angle for the headstock and the headstock shape.

It’s not that big next to a Stratocaster.

I was doing some green dye for another project and decided to try it out on the Quilted Maple. It is the same kind of dye the bass will get, but in turquiose. It really brings out the figure in the wood and it will really look like waves in the ocean with the other dye. Beautiful!


October 27, 2007

Wow, a lot of progress was made today on this bass. It won’t look that much different from here on out though. I was able to trim the neck to its final size, perfectly straight and start the shaping. I also carved the “tummy cut” on the back of the body.

Although it is covered by the fretboard in the picture, I routed the channels for both truss rods.

Here I made the nut and truss rod cover out of Ebony with a Maple “J” inlayed.

I got an update on the pickups and they are done! They should be here on tuesday. From all the pictures I can tell they look great and I look forward to using them. Thank you very much Clint Searcy of Searcy String Works.


November 3, 2007

Today and yesterday went perfectly. I got the neck pocket routed perfectly that I can pick the neck up and the body stays with it. I also routed the pickup cavities. I wasn’t happy with how the Quilted Maple bookmatched together, so I added a small Ebony inlay between the boards. It will look really nice once the finish is on.

Here is the control cavity routed and the little lip for the cover. I think I am going to add an external battery box so changing the battery will be easier.


November 12, 2007

This weekend I routed out the area for the battery box, made the control cavity cover and drilled the holes for the neck screws and gold ferrules.

Yes I know it doesn’t look that great now, but when it is all black on back it will look great.

I went ahead and made a little lip on the edge of the fretboard for some Ebony binding. It will really bring the bass together and make the side dots more visible.

Lastly, I made the Greek letter “phi” as the 12th fret inlay. The epoxy didn’t have enough time to dry before I was done for the day, so it looks a tad bit sloppy. Once it dries I can sand it down and It will look great, especially with the Ebony binding to give it a border.


November 19, 2007

Hipshot only sent me 7 bridges, so I was waiting on the 8th one. This is my first bass with gold hardware and I must say it looks good. I just need to route a cavity for them to fit in since Hipshot makes them like that.

I didn’t have much time to work on the bass this weekend, actually only a few minutes. So I started sanding down the inlay to see what it looks like. In the picture it isn’t sanded down all the way, it will clean up and have more uniform edges. I glued the Ebony binding on the sides of the neck and let it dry.


November 24, 2007

This weekend was just great. I got to dye the Quilted Maple body and see what it really looks like.

I also put the side dot markers in and almost finished the 12th fret inlay.

The final color of the bass should be a little bit more blue. I added too much green dye to the mixture, but then thinned it out with more blue. Here is the bass as it sits now:

I just love this bass!


December 1, 2007

I thought I would do a test fit of the parts to see how everything looked together. The body doesn’t look that great because it isn’t wet and the figure isn’t showing.

I also went ahead and started to apply the finish to the back of the neck:

Here is the neck with the freshly hammered in frets. I still need to trim them and dress them properly.

I just got the strings from Conklin today as well. Here is the .150″ low F#!!


December 17, 2007

Sorry for the lack of updates lately. It’s just not that exciting to post new pictures of a freshly sanded board. That is basically all I have been doing on it. I am very close to having the bass done and sending it off to have the finish put on. Hopefully near the start of next year. Here is the neck next to a guitar neck 🙂


December 27, 2007

Again, not much to update here with the busy holdidays, but I thought I would put up some new pictures at least. I got this case the other day. It is the only one I could find wide enough for this bass. It is actually pretty sturdy for a gigbag.

Here are some current pictures of it with and without strings. Yes I know the strings aren’t the right ones, they are just a couple old sets. Yes I know they aren’t on the tuners very good.

The neck is totally done besides a nice wax job and the front being painted of course.


February 4, 2008

Wow, sorry for the lack of updates again. The bass is officially out of my hands. Today I sent it off to the shop to have the finish put on, frets leveled, electronics installed as well as all the hardware. They said it would take about a month to do it, maybe more since they seemed really busy. So if all goes well it should be around the middle of March when this beast is done. Probably no new updates until then.


February 29, 2008

I went in to check out how the finish was coming along with the bass. They were still working on filling the grain on the body. It turned out a bit more green than I had hoped for, but part of that is due to the poor lighting in the picture.

I didn’t take any pictures of the neck because it was all masked off and the headstock and heel were being painted black. With any luck it should be done towards the end of March is my guess.


April 16, 2008

I got a call saying the shop had done the burst and that I need to check it out and give it my approval. I think it gets my approval just fine!

Now it just needs a few clear coats and then they can move on to the fretwork and electronics.


May 7, 2008

I went in today to give the shop instruction on how to finish up what was left. Turns out they are going to refret the entire fretboard, it seemed easier than fixing some of the bad frets. This also means that they will be redoing the inlay as well. I also told them where to put the knobs and to hurry it up. 🙂

Here are just a few pictures I took today to hold you over. All that is left is some buffing of the finish and it will be like glass. Nothing real exciting on the neck, the back looks great though.


June 27, 2008

Well it will be done from the shop on Monday. I took a quick picture of it as it stands, there will be gold knobs on it though.


June 30, 2008

I have the bass back in my hands!! It looks amazing, the finish is perfect! It still needs to be setup and all that so it can be played easier and then the waterfall photos. 🙂


July 1, 2008

Here are the business cards that I ordered to go with this bass:

Customer Testimonial

"I fell in love with the Rainbow the day I got it. What craftsmanship from Jared on the collection of wood used on this magnificent bass. The tone is amazing, and my fan base always wants to check it out. What an eye catcher! I look forward to working with Jared on my next bass creation. I recommend JC Basses to any professional player looking for a quality custom bass.”

- Chris Hall