Bass VI Guitar Routing Templates
This 30" scale length offset waist bass guitar originally debuted in 1961. It is tuned like a regular guitar but one octave lower, and is equipped with a floating vibrato system for a very distinct sound. Over the years it has been used to good effect by bands like the Beatles and the Cure.
This template set includes a main body template, neck pocket template, pickguard template, and control plate templates.
The body and neck pocket templates include registration holes along the center line. If you use screws to hold the templates to the wood you’re routing, the holes will help keep everything lined up between templates. They are located so that the holes will be hidden under the pickguard.
Recommended dimensions and routing depths are:
Body Thickness: 1 5/8"
- Neck Pocket Depth: 5/8"
- Pickup Cavity Depth: 5/8"
- Switch Cavity Depth: 1 3/8"
- Volume/Tone/Output Cavity Depth: 1 3/8"
- Vibrato Cavity Depth: 1 3/8"
- Bridge Thimble Hole Depths: 1 3/16"
- Roundover Radius: 7/16"
Needing the matching metal control plates to go with the templates? I have them here.
I also carry the matching neck template as part of a set, for those wanting to build their own neck. Alternatively you can buy a 21 fret 30" scale six string neck from the fine folks at USA Custom Guitars.
• Original template by Paul Rhoney