Midnight Woodworking


Purpleheart & maple bass guitar – day 7 complete

I had a little more time this evening, so I wired up the controls and closed it up.

Soldering the wires

Soldering the wires


Attaching the backplate

Attaching the back plate


Attaching the volume and tone knobs

Attaching the volume and tone knobs

I added the control knobs and wired it up.

Stringing her up

Stringing her up

Adam took it for a test drive, but thought it was a little too heavy.

Fit check...

Fit check…

So I handed it over to my middle son, Ian. He plays guitar, so he plugged it into his new amp and tuned it up for me. I took a couple of clips of him playing, if you want to hear what it sounds like.


I a few pictures from a couple different angles to try to highlight the grain of the curly purpleheart.





I still think I would prefer the natural maple color over the dyed amber, but it matches the neck pretty well, so I am happy. This project was mainly an experiment with sculpting the wood. I didn’t invest a lot in the hardware and the pickups, maybe $125 total. I am no guitar player, but it sounds pretty good to me and the purpleheart grain really stands out.

It was a fun week-long project.



5 comments on “Purpleheart & maple bass guitar – day 7 complete

  1. Pat
    June 25, 2015

    Did you stamp it?

    • Lwroten
      June 25, 2015

      No, didn’t even think about it. Maybe on the back of the control cover.

  2. nevank
    July 27, 2015

    Thats beautiful friend! Real talent, I love to watch projects like this unfold.

    • Lwroten
      July 27, 2015

      Thanks, I have a couple more guitars to experiment with in the next month or two. Glad to know you enjoy following along.

      • nevank
        July 27, 2015

        Awesome, I will be on the lookout for them.

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