Finally, my Rickenbacker is complete. This is what I’ve been working towards for the past six months. Although it’s been hard work it has never been a chore – in fact it’s been a lot of fun. I’ve asked myself if it was all worth it and yes, it was. When I look back at the bass carcass that I started with I can’t believe that it has been transformed into such a quality instrument. The feel-good factor of this is worth the price of the project alone.
Speaking of cost, here’s the final tally on how the numbers stack up. I think it’s been money well spent.
Hand made parts £170 by Mattie Dread
Total cost £1450
I went over budget on this bass, but I could have brought it in on target if I hadn’t indulged myself in a lot of new and custom-made parts. Sourcing some parts second hand could have made savings, but this build was never about practising frugality – it was about trying to build the best instrument I could.
At the end of the day I got the bass I wanted. If you have any questions about the process on this, or any other bass, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be happy to answer your questions if I can.
Would I do it all again? Yes. In fact, I already have my next project lined up. Get ready for a classic bass from 1979, starting next month…