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Friday, September 26, 2014
Sir Paul McCartney Violin Bass Pretend Guitar
Sir Paul McCartney has one of the sweetest Bass guitars I've seen: The Höfner 5001 Violin Bass!
I used to play guitar, but no longer. I much more enjoy playing Air Guitar nowadays while listening to my iPod.
But for fun I thought I'd make a simple pretend guitar to augment my air guitar playing. The first thing I did was make some scale drawings of the guitar for templates.
I printed these templates, cut them out and traced them onto some wood. Because of the size, I created a template that was half of the guitar. I traced this template twice so I had 2 halves.
Then I cut out the pieces with my jigsaw.
Next I made some pocket holes on one side of the guitar half...
...and I glued and screwed it to the other half.
I glued in some wood plugs to fill the pocket holes.
Once dry I sanded the plugs smooth.
Next I routed the edges of the top of the guitar. I also glued the guitar to another board to thicken the body.
Using scraps of wood, I also thickened the rest of the guitar.
I cut the new wood additions with my jigsaw and glued and screwed it to the body. I clamped it and let it dry overnight.
The next morning I printed out more templates for the pick guard, pickups and volume plate.
I cut these pieces out with my jig saw and miter saw.
Before attaching those parts I still had work to do to the body. I used my hand planer to begin thinning out the neck.
Then I used my sanders to smooth and shape it out.
With the neck and body sanded I then attached the parts I cut earlier. I used glue and screws for most of it and clamped everything tightly.
While that dried I cut out 2 pieces of wood for the pickups. I routed the edges to make them look nicer.
I then glued and screwed the pickups to the body.
Next I went through my stuff and found parts that could work for the machine heads and knobs for the guitar.
I drilled and screwed some bolts for the machine heads.
Then I screwed in the knobs.
This thing is coming out really nice so far!
I decided to make a piece for the guitar that could hold my ipod. I measured out the size and shape on a piece of wood.
Then I drilled the 4 inner corners with my drill press. This will make it easier to cut out the inner shape.
But before I cut out that shape, I routed the edges.
When I put the ipod holder on the guitar I felt it looked too big and bulky.
So I decided to use a small piece of trim instead.
The trim is a lot smaller and nicer looking.
I cut the trim using my miter saw and glued the 4 pieces to a thin piece of plywood. Then I glued it to the guitar.
The plug port for the head phones are blocked....
...so I used some files and my rotary sanding bit to open up that area.
Then I added wood filler.
When the filler dried I did a lot of sanding.
The results so far are great!
Next I used some skinny sticks....
...and started cutting them to form frets.
I cut the sticks with a sharp pair of scissors and glued them on.
Then came the stain!
Next I distressed it a little.
Then I gave it a good cleaning.
Next I went out and bought some carriage bolts and fly nuts. These are going to be the tuning knobs for the machine heads.
I drilled holes into the head of the guitar.
Then I screwed and glued them in place.
While I was out I also bought industrial strength Velcro.
The rough part will attach to the guitar...
...while the soft part attached to my iPod.
I did not attach the rough part yet, as I still had work to do to the body of the bass. But the Velcro will hold it in place while the guitar is "in use".
Next I used some gold and silver paint markers to draw on some nice designs.
Then everything received some coats of glossy clear coat.
When that dried I gave it a good sanding with super fine sandpaper to make it very smooth.
Then I cleaned it up.
Next I need to add a guitar strap, but I don't have one right now so I'll move onto other things. I decided to make a small guitar stand similar to the one I made a few months ago.