By Aurelia Beaty. Electric Bass Guitar. Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 08:14:06 AM.
The neck, the soul of a bass! For this bass I'm going with a maple neck and a walnut lined maple fingerboard. I like the brightness of the maple and the crazy glue epoxy finish (more on that in another section). Normally, a maple neck tends to get all gunked up with finger oil and dirt because maple tends to soil easily, however with an epoxy finish I will not need to worry about that. Again like the body, you want to make the neck smooth and supple! A 400 grit rub down with the grain works great but make sure (and I can't stress this enough) to not press hard. I order my necks unfinished so I can color and finish it anyway I want (which we will in this tutorial with Tru-Oil) plus it's way cheaper (about $50 to $80 dollars more) which really makes a huge difference especially when you are on a budget and who's not these days! Just like the body it is important to let the neck hang between coats in a well ventilated area. You will finish the neck much like the body. Use a rag and rub in small circles with the finish covering the sections of the neck. Let the neck dry an hour at a time and buff lightly with with steel wool. Again you are aiming for about 10 to 15 coats. Like on the body,
All the parts separately would cost a lot more, but for about 18 bucks you get them all plus instructions and trust me, wiring a jazz bass is very very easy! I will go into this in more detail in the electronics section of the website to help clear things up. Another thing I like to do helps) is to line every part of the inside of the bass with copper foil tape. This helps to ensure that even if wires do come loose they will be grounded and shielded. This also helps prevent hums picked up from lighting and other electronic devices ( lights and certain electronic devices emit a 60 cycle hum that interfere with pickups and bass electronics). Now that everything is sealed, grounded and assembled its time to move to the neck.
Below is a diagram showing how a standard P-Bass split coil pickup is wired as hum-canceling pickup. The pickups are wired in series. (For another example as having them wired in parallel, check out pickup_parallel_wiring. Notice that the split coils are actually out of phase here. It does not matter in this case that the coils are out-of-phase, since there are no other pickups here. If the coils are wired in-phase, then it becomes a single coil type of wiring, and you can expect to hear hum when your are near electrical fields. If you wish to add a J-Bass pickup in the bridge position, you will likely need to wire the P-Bass as a single coil, unless you thought ahead to by a split coil Jazz Bass pickup, as mentioned earlier.
it will gain a nice luster that will polish nicely with the wool. It is also important to remember that the neck needs to have a good amount of finish on it. This is because the neck is under constant pressure and any moisture can compromise the strength of the wood that leads to warpage. ( There are some woods that cant even take coats of like most of the African woods because they are too oily or waxy already.) I find that Tru-Oil needs a good day or two to cure which is why I always try to finish the body and the neck staggered one after the other.
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