David Galea 6 String Fretless build

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Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Post by David Searle Guitars » 08 Oct 2015, 19:18

and some more...

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This shot shows the test pieces of koa, black veneer and mahogany with its rounded edge.

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Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Post by David Searle Guitars » 08 Oct 2015, 19:20

and then more...

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This shot shows the forearm curve nicely. No tummy cut as yet (this will go in after all of the machining is done and create a beautiful curve along the top edge)

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Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Post by David Searle Guitars » 08 Oct 2015, 19:23

and the mighty Hipshot 'D' style bridge .

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These things look like they mean business :partydance:

Cheers, David.

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Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Post by Classic5 » 08 Oct 2015, 19:53

Oh yeah.....that bridge looks terrific as does the koa & mahogany wood combination. Great progress on this one :cool:
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Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Post by Imaidan » 12 Oct 2015, 17:13

Regarding the discussion back on page 1 about control route alternatives for future bass builds:
The controls on a Godin bass might serve as inspiration.
http://www.guitarshop123.com/images/201 ... 668808.jpg
They could probably be a little more aesthetically pleasing but the layout and position is a good start.
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Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Post by David Searle Guitars » 18 Oct 2015, 20:34

Some update shots! Over the last week or so I've been making jigs and routing, routing and more routing!

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This shot shows the jig from the side with the slight angle on it so that the strings will run uphill to the bridge a little like the angle on a Les Paul neck rather than flat like a Fender.

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Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Post by David Searle Guitars » 18 Oct 2015, 20:37

And more...

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Neck pocket route done!

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Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Post by David Searle Guitars » 18 Oct 2015, 20:43

Then onto the upper horn control route and the rear access route...

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This shot shows the top of the routing jig. There's plenty of engineering under this jig to get it to locate perfectly on the edge of the bass body!

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And here it is! Plenty of measuring and accuracy required for this route as the bottom of the recess had to finish up with a material thickness of 3mm to hold the pot and the mini switch.
And I shaped the route into a tapered oval (egg) shape to create an elegant look and to accommodate the rear tummy cut.

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Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Post by David Searle Guitars » 18 Oct 2015, 20:48

Then onto the rear access routing.

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In this shot you can just make out the internal bracing across the inside wall of the cavity.

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And this one shows the top of the volume knob just peaking over the inside edge of the control route.

I must say that this works REALLY WELL! :partydance:

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Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Post by David Searle Guitars » 18 Oct 2015, 20:50

Some more shots of the upper horn area.

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More shots soon for showing the pickup cover production....

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Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Post by narcdor » 18 Oct 2015, 23:04

Great flowing lines David, looking good.
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Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Post by Bassboy » 19 Oct 2015, 09:10

Looking amazing David I love all the shots u have in photo bucket love the control cavity also.

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Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Post by drbass » 19 Oct 2015, 11:51

Most impressive, David, but then I didn't expect anything else ... .

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Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Post by Classic5 » 20 Oct 2015, 07:24

Can you patent that control cavity design.....love it. :cool:
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Re: David Galea 6 String Fretless build

Post by David Searle Guitars » 21 Oct 2015, 18:45

Thanks for the kind comment everyone!

Here's a few more shots of the build. The last few days have been productive with the pickup cover completed (but not had its final sanding yet) and the neck up to getting its line marking.

Yes I know that there's plenty of people that don't like lines on a fretless but I'm with David Galea on this one. No fret lines for me equals no idea where I'm at. And David needs to know where he's at on the fretbaord. Check out his great playing on youtube and some of his amazing recordings via his website and you'll understand that close enough isn't good enough for this bass monster. :)

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