Assembled A Bass Guitar

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“He’s bringing the bass, huh?”
  --Eddie Murphy,
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

I’ve always wanted to put together a musical instrument from pieces, and I’ve never owned a bass.  I saw this kit online and thought it would make a pretty cool project.  I ordered it earlier in the week.

The bass comes in a lot of pieces, but in general, the main things I had to do were to assemble the body of it first, put together the neck, and attach the two together.
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Some of the loose parts included were the tuning pegs, the bridge, the pick guard, and lots of screws.
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The first step was to thread this ground cable into a small hole in the body of the guitar.
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The bridge actually goes on top of this cable.
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After I attached this cable to the corresponding cable in the pick guard, I had to attach the pickups to their cables as well.   Then, the pick guard goes down onto the base.
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The instructions included with this kit were a little less descriptive than I would have liked, especially at this part.  There were no pilot holes for the pickups, and drilling the pickups into the base directly would have them seated way too low.  I figured out on my own that these springs that come with the kit go on the screws that I used to put the pickups in.
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The body is pretty much done at this point, so I moved on to the neck.  I screwed the tuning pegs into place.
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I also attached the little nut that stabilizes and holds the bottom two strings down.
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Time to attach the body to the neck.  A rectangular flat piece is used where they attach, and I simply screwed that into place.
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Once that was done, I strung it up.
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After I put all the strings on, I had to adjust the action a little bit because the strings were way too close to the frets.  I fixed that, tuned it, and finally, was able to play it.  Pretty awesome!



This was a fun project.  I wish the instructions for the kit were a little more detailed, but I was able to figure it out.  I thought it was cool to see the inner workings of an electric instrument.  It definitely gave me a deeper appreciation of the craftsmanship involved with making them.  If you enjoy playing music at all, I totally recommend doing something like this.

Well, I better go practice that bass line for “Hey Joe” now.  It’s not going to play itself.


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