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    Jan 2022
    NC USA

    Smile HI from NC

    Hi, I have always wanted to build my own guitar. I recently met a fellow bassist who had made his own 5 string, not from a kit but from a chunk of mahogany and he has made many guitars. In talking to him, I found out just how available kits are and he has agreed to help me, so how can I turn that down right? I just ordered a PB bass kit and I can't wait to get started! I am a little stuck on how I want to finish it. I have some experience in furniture making as a hobby and love a good tobacco sunburst on a quilted body, but I think I will wait to see what the wood suggests. I see this as the first of many builds and wish I had started this many years ago.

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    GAStronomist Simon Barden's Avatar
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    Oct 2016
    Reading, UK
    Hi and welcome.

    Yes, waiting until the body turns up to decide on a finish is a good decision and one I recommend.

    Start a build diary when it arrives and ask as many questions as you want. All the best!

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    Mentor Trevor Davies's Avatar
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    May 2020
    Hi PB4ME,
    good luck with the build.
    PitBull Builds: FVB-4, LP-1SS, FBM-1, AG-2 (Runner up GOTM May 2021), TB-4, SSCM-1, TLA-1, TL-1TB, STA-1HT.

    Scratch Builds: Pine Explorer, Axe Bass, Mr Scary (current), Scratchy Thinline (current).

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    Overlord of Music McCreed's Avatar
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    Oct 2018
    Welcome PB4ME.
    I'm not a bass player, and whether building guitar or bass the basic processes crossover, but there are some differences as well. There are certainly lots of bass player/builders here that can help navigate those.
    Look forward to seeing the build.

    Making the world a better place; one guitar at a time...

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    Welcome to the forum!
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