EXPLORER BASS 1958VCarve Aspire 11.554

1958 was the year that Gibson introduced the Explorer and the Flying V. Both instruments bodies were made of korina wood. The necks were made of mahogany.

The Explorer bass had a long droopy headstock (more droopy than the modern ones) with banjo tuning keys. They say that Gibson made only three Explorer basses like this.

The Explorer bass came with a humbucking pickup that came to be known as a “Mudbucker”. It also had a baritone switch similar to the one found on a Gibson EB-2.
In this model in question, I adapted a Dimarzio "Model One" Billy Sheehan (I like this pickup), but you can change for another you wish, getting the specs from your pickup diagram that you can find on its website.

The bridge can find it on Reverb and Ebay.

I had no information about the shape neck dimensions, so I used a C shape close to a modern one trying to preserve the aspect of the shape neck to the headstock union. This neck is shorter than my other Explorer 1984. It is also 34" scale but it has one fret less.

Each Explorer 58 I saw had a different pickguard. They change a little and also the bridge model and knob positions. In this model in specific I used a big one (pickguard) and 2 knobs are over the pickguard. Looking at the pics with attention I can note the acrylic pickguard must be 2mm (0.078") more or less.
I opted to make the fretboard with 9.5" but you can modify it if you want.
The headstock has 13º degrees.
The neck I made it to choose between screwed or glued (not a tenor version). So try the "pocket neck profile" toolpath with different allowance to check what is better for you. If you glue the neck, I usually do 0.0079" allowance.

I know that bass is unusual and a little ugly for most of you, but I particularly love those lost instruments in time.
For this reason I am selling it at a lower price than others from my list and I hope you can send me some pics with the results when you finish it!

Scale: 647.7mm (25.5")
Scale 34"
Radius 9.5"
Nut 1.612"
Body 1.4"

Truss rod version 1 : Old truss rod style
Truss rod version 2: 2 ways 18" - StewMac dimensions (it can be modified)

Files including simple toolpaths
Toolpaths are simple but useful to machining this guitars.
They was setted to be securty to the most of CNC, but is advised that you check each one before to machining your best woods.
Files and bits are in inches and there are not to many bit size variations. The bit are common and easy to find in the most of stores.

Body double sided file
Neck double sided file

Request this guitar for U$89.00 : sales@3dcncguitars.com
You will receive an invoice to the Payment by PayPal between spme minutes to 6 hours. After the payment I will send you links to download the files for VCarve or/and Aspire 11.554 in RAR.


Some guitars in the list have not VCarve version. Look at in the top of this page if this guitar will open on your software.

This guitar will not open on Aspire / VCarve 10.5 or previous