Project “Bass”

Start of the Project

PB-10 Bass clone Saga guitar kit
Long time ago when I was a kid I played the bass guitar.
After many years passed I had a chance to try it again.
And you know what? I liked it very much.:)
So…
“Saga” again.
For those who doesn’t know.
Saga is a musical company which produces different guitar kits.
These kits are just clones of the well known models.
So current kit is marked as PB-10.
Guess what PB stands for.

Don’t expect to build a super-duper instrument.
The body and the neck are not bad, but the pickups and other parts are the
cheapest.
So it depends on how much you want to invest into the $100 kit.

Open It!

open Saga bass guitar kit

Now let’s take a look what’s inside.
– pre-sealed body (no need to apply a primer coat);
– nesck with the saddle head (you can shape it as you wish);
– pre-loaded pickguard (volume and tone controls already mounted;
– plastic bag with strings, bridge, tuners and other metal parts;
– pickups.
That’s it.

First step: peg head.

peghead

Ok. let’s start.
First thing is a peg head.
When just from the box it has an ugly paddle shape.
After a bit of googleing I’ve found the shape I want.
Printed it. Transferred to the peghead:

fretsaw
The only tool I need for this is a fretsaw. You can find it in any hardware store for about $10 if you don’t have it.

Peg Head Shape.

Be extremely patient and careful.
And the ugly paddle will become nice PB shaped peg head.
Actually you can make it whatever shape you like.
It can even be something very special and very personal.
I was too lazy to get fresh ideas so I’ve just googled for “PB peg head chart 1:1”.
And here you go:
Bass peg head shaping

Painting: Neck

Acrylic paint
For the painting I was using the aerosol cans of acrylic paint.
Don’t trust the words ‘INDOOR/OUTDOOR’ on the label!
Use it strictly OUTDOOR if you want to live!
Even working in the back yard wearing the mask I had to run away several times during the extensive painting.
Just to wait when the toxic cloud is done with the wind.
You can find it in any big hardware store.

Neck fretboard protection

Now as I have shaped the peg head it’s time to start the painting process.

First of all we have to protect the fretboard from the painting as it doesn’t need to be.
I use the masking tape from any hardware store. Just be careful to apply it over the corners.
Because the fredboard has to be protected from the sides too.

Neck fretboard protection

Then I used the peace of scrap wire to suspend it placing between the patio and the fence at my backyard.

Tip: Place some long piece of metal (nail) into the tuner hole and tie the wire to the ends so it is not in contact with the neck head surface.
This configuration with help you to paint under the wire.

Painting the neck is fairly easy as long as you cover it with transparent paint. I usualy do 2 coats for the neck. The Saga kit necks are well prepared so you don’t need too much of painting.
Just keep the spray can not closer then 20-30 cm to the surface so the big heavy drops will fall down.
This way you will avoid thick paint leaks on the neck.

Body Painting “Art”.

PBass Guitar Body Painting
At the beginning I decided to paint the body in “burgundy”. kind of wine color.
And I kept the winter car tent as long as I could so I could have a nice painting cabin. The air temperature recommended is above 15 Celsius.
So I had to wait for a warm days risking to be fined for keeping the tent on my driveway for too late.

So I’ve suspended the body using the rope and a nail. A long enough ail is necessary to keep the rope from the contact with the painted body.
I’ve put the nail through the hole for the neck screw.

First disappointment:

I’ve finally got the leak on the edge!
“No problem!” – I said to myself, “I’ll fix it with the sand paper!”

And I’ve sanded it with 800 grain paper…. right through the paint up to the body!

Final coat!

I’ve made 3 coats with the interval about 2-3 hours between.
What I’ve got as a result you may see on the following images.
It’s mate an a slightly bumpy (like goospumps) surface:

PBass Guitar Body Painting

One Comment (+add yours?)

  1. dale burns
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 04:35:00

    P BASS BODY THERE IS FOUR HOES IN IT FOR THE NECK BUT YOU SEE THERE HAS GOT TO BE FIVE ONE SMACK DOWN IN MIDDELL YOU DRILL A SIZE OF A QUARTHER COIN INTHE BODY BECAUSE ITS A FENDER SQUIER P BASS THE END P.S PUNK STYLE I LIKE DALE BURNS

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