The Making of…The 4 String Bass

The Signature Moondot Music Bass

Photo summary:

A five piece neck blank constructed with careful jointing and glueing of maple, wenge and padauk. Neck tapers, headstock angle, side dots are all done before the wings are glued.

Abalone side dots, the ebony fretboard face is bare

Pressing in the Gold Evo fretwire

  • Gold hardware, a Badass II, an ABM bell brass adjustable nut, EVO gold fret wire. Handwound pickups to be installed.
handwound pickups and covers

Custom pickups. Shaping the wenge covers.

The last stages of the build:

moondot music unfinished bass

Strung up before applying a finish, it’s interesting to have a comparison of the acoustic and amplified sound of an unfinished instrument compared to finished.

hardwood hardware

Handcrafted wenge hardware, pickup covers, bridge plate, jack plate, truss rod cover.

finish curing

Curing between coats.

Handwound wooden bass pickups

Handwound single coil pickups

There’s a great shine when applying the finish, makes all the finish sanding worthwhile.

The final coat of finish.

Neck-through 4 string 28 Fret Bass

  • gold ‘Badass II’ bridge,
  • bell brass ABM nut,
  • gold EVO fretwire,
  • gold tuners,
  • wenge ramps over two handwound single coil pickups,
  • wenge jackplate
  • the control cavity plate was cut from the ash body wings achieving matching grain.

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