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Project change/results

Postby spideyjg » Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:58 am

Got this a while back and the finish was like coarse sandpaper.
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I had one plan but now one of my nieces is learning acoustic geetar and was asking about bass so I'm assembling it and just finished sanding and doing the body with 3 coats of gunstock oil and waxed it down. Came out very nice. Well except some excess sanding spots on the fretboard. Damn amateurs. [smilie=fun_84.gif]

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Need to do the electronics next and order up some hardware.

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Re: Project change/results

Postby GonzoBass » Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:01 am

Love a natural finish.
Especially with a light neck.

Very cool tool!
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Re: Project change/results

Postby spideyjg » Thu Jun 17, 2010 6:38 am

GonzoBass wrote:Love a natural finish.
Especially with a light neck.


Yep there is something special about all natural basses. I have a soft spot for any grainy body.

I have an SX P/J getting a new nut installed at the luthier and she gets this one or that depending how they turn out.

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Re: Project change/results

Postby GonzoBass » Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:00 am

spideyjg wrote:Yep there is something special about all natural basses.

I think it's the 'no frills' that makes it look like it's meant to work.
Tool vs Boutique
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Re: Project change/results

Postby spideyjg » Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:26 pm

GonzoBass wrote:
spideyjg wrote:Yep there is something special about all natural basses.

I think it's the 'no frills' that makes it look like it's meant to work.
Tool vs Boutique
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I think you are right Gonzo on the no frills aspect.

Just got tuners from John and the damn ferrules fall out the is so much play. [smilie=angry-smiley-005.gif] This thing appears to have had 2 different types of tuners in it's life.

Hipshot HB-2s are what I got from John and would fit in the rear without plugging and redrilling but I don't know what to do on ferrule issues. [smilie=coz.gif]

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Re: Project change/results

Postby spideyjg » Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:14 pm

Busy day at the tool bench....I swung by my luthier and he had other new ferrules which he was able to install in exchange for the new ones. [smilie=food-smiley-004.gif]

Decided to do this old school G&L style. Dug out my old Schaller pickup from my SB-1 swung over to Ace and grabbed some #127 springs which felt close to the right tension. Drilled a shallow 3/16 hole to grip them.

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Stuffed with foam to reduce spring ping...

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Lotsa screwing, drilling, and soldering later. Used a Gotoh 201 on it and the SX and at $35 from Warmoth they are the replacement bridge of choice IMHO.

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Still need to shim the neck after it settles under tension.

Also tweaked on the SX so my niece can have a choice but due to the ash one having an oddball neck footprint for the screws I'm leaning let her use the SX although if the maple neck dials in it may be a better starter neck. It is closer to an SB-2 than a P bass.

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Although the temptation to get some pickups for the SX is there, once I adjusted them ya know it sounds respectable. Much lower output than the Schaller and not as vibrant but not bad at all. Still may get some from John.

$40 for the bass, $70 for a new nut/pot/setup and $35 for the Gotoh it is sweet. [smilie=music-smiley-005.gif]

Beats the pants off the beginner basses I used.

Leason learned with soldering irons. Went to check the ash one on the table where the soldering iron was running. Brainiac me had to reverse the components on the tone pot since it worked backwards. Sounded like a swarm of bees with the tone cranked up. Double checking the controls , shielding and every other damn thing trying to figure out. [smilie=coz.gif] [smilie=coz.gif] [smilie=coz.gif] [smilie=coz.gif]

Nudged the soldering iron temp adjustment and the bees changed. Flipped it off and they were gone. [smilie=angry-smiley-005.gif] Half an hour of head scratching for naught. Watch the RF noise from them thar things you guys. The buzz may not be the basses fault.

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Re: Project change/results

Postby GonzoBass » Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:25 pm

spideyjg wrote:Image

:drool

Damn, I wrestled with my first TWO basses,
for years,
before I learned set up on my own by trial and error
(mostly error).

Nuyce gift Jim!
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Gibson EB3 (Project)
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GK MB500
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GK 1x15 RBS

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Re: Project change/results

Postby hoytbasses » Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:02 am

excellent job! sexy looking bass...... I vote for keeping the natural one and giving the painted one to the student learner. She's not going to care as long as it makes noise and is easy to play.

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Re: Project change/results

Postby hmagman » Sun Jun 27, 2010 6:04 am

GonzoBass wrote:Nuyce gift Jim!

Very nice gift! [smilie=music-smiley-005.gif]
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Re: Project change/results

Postby spideyjg » Mon Jun 28, 2010 7:50 pm

I hear you guys probably will hang onto the ash one. Her sister knows I was putting this together though.

The neck needs shimming but I've never done that. Any way to guesstimate the shim size or just trial and error?

I really think this was somebody's woodshop project.

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Re: Project change/results

Postby GonzoBass » Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:11 am

For shims,
I usually start with cardstock-
Business card, matchboox cover...
but have ended up doubling that a few times.

Just make sure you get it between the screws.
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Fender Deluxe 24 Fret Jazz
EBMM Stingray Natural/Maple
Xavier Custom 6 String
Ibanez AEB10K Acoustic
Dean Rhapsody 8 String
Carvin BK2A Fretless
Gibson EB3 (Project)
Epiphone Newport EBS
Synsonic Half Scale
Fender Mandolin
A couple Flea Ukuleles
and a few guitars...

Rigs:
Small-
GK MB112 combo
Medium-
GK MB500
GK 2x10 Neo
Large-
GK 1001 Mark II 2x10 combo
GK 1x15 RBS

Effects:
Line 6 Bass POD XT Live
BBE 462 Sonic Maximizer

Re: Project change/results

Postby Rob Francis » Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:21 pm

Nice looking bass!
I have used card stock like Gonzo but also paper or veneer ....it depends how far out they are.
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Re: Project change/results

Postby spideyjg » Sat Aug 14, 2010 5:40 pm

Sadly the natural one has a shot neck. Frets out on the G at the 3'rd fret and there is a twist. :(

8 or 10 pieces of card stock were needed to get close. [smilie=smilie_kopf.gif] [smilie=angry-smiley-005.gif]

Took to a luthier for a look and he said he wouldn't touch the thing. The pocket is too deep to take a standard neck and the neck twist kills it.

Next weekend will reverse the process and yank all the new stuff off it.

May go back to the original idea of a bath tub routed test bed.

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