About as straightforward of a build as it gets
I needed a bass so I went ahead and made this. The body is alder and took to the lacquer/wet-sand finish I gave it very well. The pickups as they stand are all stock to the kit. I am by no means the world’s most stellar bass player so I’m not very precious about what I have in here, but to my ears, it’s definitely a usable sound. The bridge positioning was all pretty straightforward and I used a wiring diagram from Seymour Duncan to hook the electronics all up. The bridge pickup can be split and all in all, there’s a pretty wide range of tones that can be had out of this thing. The action and the pocket were set up pretty well from the start so I didn’t have much trouble getting the neck set up how I want it. Action is pretty low all around.
This DIY Bass Kit WILL require some drilling
One of the things the makers of this kit did not do was pre-drill a hole for the ground wire. This is understandable given the fact the bridge was not pre-installed. You need to do that on your own. This isn’t a difficult thing to do as long as you have a drill bit long enough to extend to the electronics cavity. I see a lot of walk throughs on kit assembly where people either don’t mention, or don’t bother drilling a place for a groundwire. If you’re using passive electronics this will be problematic. YOU NEED THEM! Otherwise this will be a noisy instrument.
This is a pretty good primer on how to measure and install a bass bridge to intonate correctly. It’s exactly how I did it on this bass
That’s pretty much all there is to this. As I mentioned I didn’t do any upgrades from the stock kit for this. The body took to lacquer pretty well so buffing to a mirror finish was relatively easy. There’s three coats of black and approximately 4-5 clear coats on top with a 400-1000 grit wet sand between each.
Want to build one of these DIY Bass kits? This is all you’ll need! The bass can be built withing a $300 budget
Bass guitar kit– Tune to taste
Black Nitrocellulose Lacquer – You’ll likely need two cans of this
Teak Oil – I like finishing bass necks in this. It’s what I used. You can still feel the vibe of the wood but it’s smooth
Clear Nitrocellulose Lacquer – You’ll likely need a couple cans of this.
Turtle Wax– Buff the finish with this as a last step.