Photo-realism: 3D Model of a Fender Jazz Bass

Jazz Bass Final HDRI Full Shot
A 3D render of my 2008 Geddy Lee Signature Fender Jazz Bass created on Blender 2.82.  More images here!

This was the first solo render I ever created.  With photo-realism a constant goal, I wanted to put in as many details as possible.

The most challenging part of creating this was texturing the strings.  I use Rotosound R66 stainless steel roundwounds on my bass, so I wanted to duplicate the visual effect for this project.  Took me a while (and a few near-misses) but I’m happy with the result.

Jazz Bass Final HDRI Head Shot
Closeup of the head of the guitar.  Note the ribbed texture of the strings – the most challenging part of the whole project!

While extruding the general shape of the guitar wasn’t overly challenging, there are a ton of small parts on these guitars.  Knobs, screws, pickups, dials, frets.  There was a lot of modeling to do, but it was a great learning experience.

Jazz Bass Final HDRI Body Shot
The body of the Jazz Bass.  Every screw, dial, spring, knob, pickup and plug were all handmade for this project.

There is a lot of chrome on this bass, so in addition to utilizing point and area lighting for the final render, I also included an HDRI to add some reflection effect.  It not only gives some depth to the chrome, but does a decent job highlighting the form of the glossy black body.

Overall, I’m fairly happy with the final render of my first project.  There are a few things I’d like to tweak, but as da Vinci said, “art is never finished, only abandoned.”

On to the next one!

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