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How We Build a Bass: a pictorial building diary, page 2.

page 1. glueing and cutting out the body.
page 2. body routing and starting the neck.
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page 3. neck, part 2.
page 4. neck, part 3.
page 5. neck, part 4, starting the neck pocket.
page 6. finishing the neck pocket, glueing the neck in.
page 7. side dots, radiusing the fingerboard, frets.
page 8. frets, part 2, a closer look at the radiusing jig.
page 9. shaping the neck and carving the heel.
page 10. the pickups, fret dressing and crowning, done!

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pickups routing done:

tummy cut rough carved:

The body back with electronics and battery box routings done:

Now here we go with the neck. I have a particular way of making the neck. I call it the J-neck:

Why? Well, it's a fast way of building a neck, it saves wood, it produces a strong and stable laminated neck. Each layer is glued with opposed grain direction.

It starts with 3 pieces of wood:

Then I cut the core to length and using a router, I round one of its ends:

The core is then glued to the neck back:

The truss rod channel is routed and the fingerboard prepared (slotted):

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