Musical Instrument Kits

Four String Alder Body DIY Bass Kit

four string diy bass kit

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.