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    JB-4M Build Diary - Build 01

    Hey everyone

    This is my first guitar build with Pitbull Guitars.

    For my first project I thought I might try a bass as I already have a few electric guitars in my collection and needed a bass for recording and playing here and there.

    I decided the choose the JB-4M as I was restricted by budget and was in stock.

    To get things going I started with sanding. The overall body was already in pretty good shape so it didn't require too much work. Started with 120 to remove any imperfections and then moved to a much finer grit to get the body nice and smooth.

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    Next I shaped the headstock. At first I did some rough sketches of ideas I had and once I was happy with the shape, I roughly drew the design on the headstock. To help get the curves right I used a random selection of circular things found around the house (measuring cups, pvc pipe etc).

    Using a jigsaw to cut out the shape started of pretty sketchy but got the hang of it eventually. One thing I was very mindful of was the tuners. I wanted to make sure that they still had plenty of spaced to be screwed on once the headstock was shaped.

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    Next I will be the type of finish. I am undecided whether to go with a natural wood finish or paint it black (I have a thing for black guitars).

    Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to sharing my project with you!

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    Welcome aboard Kevin! Congratulations on your choice of bass- they're great sounding basses and heaps of fun to put together. I'm loving the Sadowsky style headstock- classy as!

    I'll be interested to see what finish you run with. A black bass with a maple fingerboard would be very striking.
    "Music is in the air; it's my job to pull it out."- Jaco Pastorius

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    Welcome Kevin
    Current:
    AST-1FB

    Completed:
    First Act ME276 (resurrected curb-side find)
    ES-5V
    Scratchie lapsteel
    Custom ST-1 12 String (to be converted to 6 string)
    JBA-4
    TL-1TB
    Scratch Lapsteel
    Meinl DIY Cajon
    Cigar Box lap steel

    Wishing:
    Baritone
    Scratchie 12 string
    Open D/Standard Double 6 twin neck

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    Thanks Bass Guy!

    I'm leaning more towards the Black finish as the wood grain isn't that interesting on this kit, although I'm not sure whether or not I should quickly do a dry assemble before painting? That way all my pilot holes for the neck, tuners & bridge won't damage the finish.

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    Thanks Fretworn

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    Welcome to the forum Kevin
    Build #1 - ST-1 - Completed and upgraded
    Build #2 - LP-1SS - Completed | Co-Winner-May 2016 GOTM | Runner up GOTY 2016
    Build #3 - TLA-1R - Completed
    Build #4 - SGD-612 - Completed | Runner up Feb 2017 GOTM
    Build #5 - ES-1G - Completed
    Build #6 - STA-1HT | Completed | Co-Winner - July 2017 GOTM
    Build #7 - ST1JR - Completed
    Current Build #8 - JBA-4
    Build #9 - Semi-scratch build Tele x 2 - Completed
    Current Build #10 - PRS-1H
    Current Build #11 - AGJR-1
    Current Build #12 - ATL1SB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy40 View Post
    Welcome to the forum Kevin
    Thanks Andy!

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