Building My Bass: Assembly and Wiring


The fun part - final assembly and wiring!

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Tuners installed in the headstock.

I used Schaller tuners, and fit the bass with a Hip-Shot Drop-D for the E string.

Holes are drilled for the string ferrules. I chose to run the strings through the body for better stability and sustain.

The bridge is installed, and the pickup cavities are shielded.

The passive electronics are in place. Note the liberal use of copper shielding and shielded wire. I'm a fanatic when it comes to reducing hum.

The effort paid off -- I can hold the bass within 6 inches of a fluorescent light and it's perfectly quiet.

The ferrules are in, the instrument jack installed, and the electronics cover in place.

The pickups are a Seymour Duncan SPB-1 Vintage P-Bass in the neck position, and a Seymour Duncan STK-J2 Hot Stack Jazz in the bridge position.

One volume control for each pickup. I don't believe in tone controls - why roll off treble with a 50 cent capacitor when most amps have quality EQs?

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