Apologies for the lack of blogs lately! I'll be posting more about the other builds I'm currently working on, over the next few weeks. But for now, here's a quick update on the fretless 4 string bass which was featured in the blog a couple of months back..
The Ebony fingerboard is lined with strips of Maple veneer, which are trimmed flush with a chisel. After the fingerboard is attached to the neck, the Luminlay side dots are fitted, and the board is levelled and radiused.
The neck is then shaped by hand, using a spokeshave, a selection of rasps, and various grades of Abranet sanding sheets.
Finally, the edges of the fingerboard are rounded over, which makes the neck very comfortable to play.
Moving on to the body.. all the holes are drilled, and the neck pocket and control cavity are routed, along with the front bevel and rear roundover.
The final job before finishing (apart from a lot of sanding!) is to make a control cavity cover from a piece of black acrylic.