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by drbass
21 Feb 2018, 12:39
Forum: Basses
Topic: Mid-price 5 string P/PJ options
Replies: 30
Views: 802

Re: Mid-price 5 string P/PJ options

Looks like I've got my path... I won a cheap MIM 5 string jazz on ebay last night. I'll be heading to Melbourne early March and planning to stop in at MSGM for a few hours, so I'll discuss/do routing under the pick guard and cutting a new guard with a reverse p mount. All (cosmetically) reversible ...
by drbass
20 Feb 2018, 18:58
Forum: Basses
Topic: MTD USA Daniel Sing Custom 534
Replies: 16
Views: 297

Re: MTD USA Daniel Sing Custom 534

Roger Sadowsky is going to cry when he finds out you are cheating on him :) I just can't be one bass guy! :p Nice top, Daniel. Does it qualify as a "10" top? Body timber? Natural finish? Little confused, couldn't find a "534" - is this a 34" version of the 535? Any options? And what's the expected ...
by drbass
20 Feb 2018, 15:21
Forum: Basses
Topic: MTD USA Daniel Sing Custom 534
Replies: 16
Views: 297

Re: MTD USA Daniel Sing Custom 534

Nice top, Daniel. Does it qualify as a "10" top? Body timber? Natural finish? Little confused, couldn't find a "534" - is this a 34" version of the 535? Any options? And what's the expected build time? Sorry for all the questions, since I build myself I'm just keen to see what you get for your money...
by drbass
20 Feb 2018, 10:23
Forum: Lutherie
Topic: Future Builds - Maybe Random
Replies: 201
Views: 7649

Re: Future Builds - Maybe Random

Still agonising over the final finish for the Manta, and yet plans for the next two builds are crystallising nicely. Next up will be a Q version with a twist. Body already glued up (2 piece northern ash), spalted maple top, all natural. 5 string, 35" with 24 frets (maple neck, probably maple board) ...
by drbass
18 Feb 2018, 14:59
Forum: Lutherie
Topic: Sneaky's random builds log
Replies: 150
Views: 7581

Re: Sneaky's random builds log

Same - right now I'm not the best when it comes to making decisions.

Alternative suggestion: how about a 4 string "shorter scale" multi scale bass, say 33-30" (or shorter, e.g. 30-27)? I think that would work aesthetically ... .

Regards,
Michael
by drbass
17 Feb 2018, 17:44
Forum: Lutherie
Topic: Future Builds - Maybe Random
Replies: 201
Views: 7649

Re: Future Builds - Maybe Random

Quick comparison of the "original" Manta (which already was a modification of a different design) on the right, and the latest iteration on the left. Two main differences: much smaller lower horn (looking at it now I feel that it could point down a little more) and the considerably shorter headstock...
by drbass
16 Feb 2018, 16:36
Forum: Lutherie
Topic: Future Builds - Maybe Random
Replies: 201
Views: 7649

Re: Future Builds - Maybe Random

Curto wrote:
16 Feb 2018, 16:33
I'm sure whatever you do, it'll look good!
Appreciate your confidence 👍
by drbass
16 Feb 2018, 15:24
Forum: Lutherie
Topic: Future Builds - Maybe Random
Replies: 201
Views: 7649

Re: Future Builds - Maybe Random

Just came back from the workshop (chopped off 18 mm of the end of the headstock, soooo much better in terms of proportion plus less weight plus shorter bass, and frets in but that's a whole different story ;) ) and David had a very radical suggestion. I'll stew on it for a while (still waiting for t...
by drbass
16 Feb 2018, 12:17
Forum: Lutherie
Topic: Future Builds - Maybe Random
Replies: 201
Views: 7649

Re: Future Builds - Maybe Random

Curto wrote:
16 Feb 2018, 12:01
I actually ended up with something similar using some software. This is not what it would look like though.

Regards,
Michael
by drbass
16 Feb 2018, 06:49
Forum: Lutherie
Topic: Future Builds - Maybe Random
Replies: 201
Views: 7649

Re: Future Builds - Maybe Random

Thanks, Ivan and Nick, I am eternally grateful for your consistent advice ;) . It's a prototype. Yes, I'll be playing it but it is supposed to help me find out what works and what doesn't, and maybe be "out there" - why not. Compromise thought: I'll just do the bit from the last fret to the end of t...
by drbass
16 Feb 2018, 06:46
Forum: Lutherie
Topic: Build #12 - 6 string fretless (warning; crazy content)
Replies: 71
Views: 1831

Re: Build #12 - 6 string fretless (warning; crazy content)

Interesting observations there, Pete - a case FOR spraying I suppose since you don't wipe off anything. I've had similar experiences with the Oslo stuff I'm using. Both the padauk which naturally has pigments causing the red/orange colour) and the dyed ash left the rags red and blue, respectively, e...
by drbass
15 Feb 2018, 19:56
Forum: Lutherie
Topic: Future Builds - Maybe Random
Replies: 201
Views: 7649

Re: Future Builds - Maybe Random

Come to think of it, I think a blue fretboard would look good on this bass. It would have to match the blue bits I can see on the body though. :thumbup: Hmmm. It's not going to match, the northern ash and the maple "develop" the colour quite differently - see samples earlier in this thread. Regards...
by drbass
15 Feb 2018, 19:47
Forum: Lutherie
Topic: Future Builds - Maybe Random
Replies: 201
Views: 7649

Re: Future Builds - Maybe Random

Classic5 wrote:
15 Feb 2018, 19:45
How about some photoshop work to mock up a blue fretboard and compare side by side. Coukd be interesting......would definitely look less conventional.
Less conventional is good - I take that as a yes from Ivan.

Don't have PS so it's either do or don't ... .

Regards,
Michael
by drbass
15 Feb 2018, 19:28
Forum: Lutherie
Topic: Future Builds - Maybe Random
Replies: 201
Views: 7649

Re: Future Builds - Maybe Random

Bit of a mock-up. Everything fits snug, electronics comp is just big enough. Headstock will lose about 20 mm in length, another design fine-tuning effort (always felt it was too long). Still not really sure about a blue fretboard ... . https://www.flickr.com/photos/94660385@N02/38468235340/in/datepo...
by drbass
13 Feb 2018, 20:17
Forum: Lutherie
Topic: Sneaky's random builds log
Replies: 150
Views: 7581

Re: Sneaky's random builds log

Man, that was quick! Looking good, and love your shoes, too ;) .

"Conventions" are for conventional people ... .

Regards,
Michael