Another Poplar Wishbass; this time a Lobe with a very pretty mix of colors.   The neck is mahogany, purpleheart and maple with a really nicely figured Wenge fingerboard, which I plan to epoxy.  Rear controls and a EMG Select Jazz complete the spec.  This bass weighs in at a very regular 9 llbs.

I was planning on a straight forward refin on this one, reshaping and refining, with the addition of a tone control and a side jack input.  I then decided to epoxy the fretboard, which added a little more time to the project.  The finished bass has a great tone!

Completed Work:

Strip Bass of hardware

Shape/sand body to 220 grit

Shape/sand neck to  220 grit

Initial sand of fretboard to 220 grit

Drill for side jack

Filled holes/gaps as required.

Sand body to 400 grit   

Sand neck to 400 grit

Sand/radius fingerboard: 20”

Seal wood

Epoxy ‘board and radius 20”

Polish ‘board

Seal wood

Apply Tru-Oil

Sand-back and polish

Powder coat cavity cover

Shield cavities with copper tape

Redo wiring harness with tone control and orange drop cap

Fabricate ebony nut and bridge

Refit hardware and final set-up

Back to Wishbass Refinishing.

#1188 Poplar Lobe                                               Photos