Work on the Ziricote 4 string bass has been progressing slowly but surely over the last week or so. The first task was to shape the top edge of the body with 45 degree bevel (the back of the body will be rounded over once the rest of the body routing has been completed).
Next, the cavity for the pickup is routed, along with a small recess which will sit underneath the Hipshot bridge. Routing this cavity revealed the hidden wiring channel (routed before gluing the top on), which will be used to run the wires from the piezo saddles through to the control cavity.
The recessed holes for the controls & mini toggle switch are then drilled, before the body goes back on the pin router to have the S-hole routed.
The S-hole is my take on the traditional F-hole sound hole, utilizing the 'S' from my logo.
Ziricote can be tricky to route, so a very sharp spiral cutter (downcut) is used to cut the hole cleanly. Due to the size of the cutter, it can't get right into the sharp corners of the design, so I mark the outline with a white pencil and get to work with various files and sandpaper.