Build #020 - Polaris Manta "Double-BBM" MB Sig

Building, Modding, Setup and Repair
User avatar
drbass
Posts: 3287
Joined: 04 Apr 2013, 05:31
Location: Doreen, Victoria
Contact:

Re: Build #020 - Polaris Manta "Double-BBM" MB Sig

Post by drbass » 30 Dec 2018, 09:53

So here are the finished holes filled with Big Bladmen - neck and bridge included for reference




Note that I've done nothing on the neck yet, and of course there's no body-shaping whatsoever. Have to say this might almost work as a slab ... . No.

Regards,
Michael
- Merlin “Kermit” 6 multi, Merlin Gaia 6 fretless, Merlin Rockmachine 5, Merlin NT5, Manta 5, Manta 5 YOLO, ("Red Baron" 5), Q 5, (Sandberg Classic S2-5), (Thumb-4)
- Genzler Magellan 800, 2 Genzler BA12-3

User avatar
vin-tone
Posts: 4752
Joined: 09 Oct 2009, 21:46
Location: Ballaarat Vic.
Contact:

Re: Build #020 - Polaris Manta "Double-BBM" MB Sig

Post by vin-tone » 31 Dec 2018, 15:28

:popcorn:
Fender Roscoe Beck V, Fender 63AVRI, Eberhard Meinel Upright > Markbass & AI Coda

User avatar
drbass
Posts: 3287
Joined: 04 Apr 2013, 05:31
Location: Doreen, Victoria
Contact:

Re: Build #020 - Polaris Manta "Double-BBM" MB Sig

Post by drbass » 07 Jan 2019, 19:48

Most visible progress with this one. Did the round-over, drilled the "pot" holes and dug into the shaping. I'd say the front is about 80% there, the back still needs some attention, particularly the tummy cut (needs to extend a little further down towards the bridge end).




This one will also simmer for a few days. I had completely forgotten how tough northern ash is to work with after being spoiled by that beautiful (and nice-smelling) walnut! But of course the grain pattern makes up for the effort - mind you, I've been so lucky with the northern ash stash I had, all worked out real nice. Unfortunately that's all gone now.

Regards,
Michael
- Merlin “Kermit” 6 multi, Merlin Gaia 6 fretless, Merlin Rockmachine 5, Merlin NT5, Manta 5, Manta 5 YOLO, ("Red Baron" 5), Q 5, (Sandberg Classic S2-5), (Thumb-4)
- Genzler Magellan 800, 2 Genzler BA12-3

User avatar
drbass
Posts: 3287
Joined: 04 Apr 2013, 05:31
Location: Doreen, Victoria
Contact:

Re: Build #020 - Polaris Manta "Double-BBM" MB Sig

Post by drbass » 11 Feb 2019, 13:03

Flame insane.

Sanded:


Stained:


First application of finish:


Seriously? I love when there are surprises in seemingly innocuous pieces of timber.

Regards,
Michael
- Merlin “Kermit” 6 multi, Merlin Gaia 6 fretless, Merlin Rockmachine 5, Merlin NT5, Manta 5, Manta 5 YOLO, ("Red Baron" 5), Q 5, (Sandberg Classic S2-5), (Thumb-4)
- Genzler Magellan 800, 2 Genzler BA12-3

bigswifty
Posts: 1480
Joined: 24 Apr 2011, 18:53
Location: Sydney Hills District
Contact:

Re: Build #020 - Polaris Manta "Double-BBM" MB Sig

Post by bigswifty » 11 Feb 2019, 14:52

This is going to be so pretty! Diggin' the photos.
I'm a mean offloading machine!

basshack
Posts: 4712
Joined: 06 Feb 2010, 10:14
Location: Melbourne Victoria

Re: Build #020 - Polaris Manta "Double-BBM" MB Sig

Post by basshack » 11 Feb 2019, 15:34

Is that the deep blue we were talking about or is it going to get bluer still?
><((((º> ·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸.·´¯`·... ><((((º>
.·´¯`·.¸.·´¯`·... >((((º>

User avatar
drbass
Posts: 3287
Joined: 04 Apr 2013, 05:31
Location: Doreen, Victoria
Contact:

Re: Build #020 - Polaris Manta "Double-BBM" MB Sig

Post by drbass » 11 Feb 2019, 19:36

basshack wrote:
11 Feb 2019, 15:34
Is that the deep blue we were talking about or is it going to get bluer still?
Hi Blaine,

Nowhere near the final colour. Here's the pic:


On the right (the actual bass) is one app of the aniline dye - looks velvety-blue (since it's very matte).
On the left is a piece of ash sanded to 120. The bottom bit has two applications of the dye - in the pic it looks quite similar to the single app on the body but it IS darker.
The top part has one app of blue, one app of black (un-diluted) followed by another "smear" app of blue. This is where it's going, more a black with a hint of blue.

The neck and fretboard will be of a similar colour but of course the maple will react and look different to the ash.

Fun and games.

Regards,
Michael
- Merlin “Kermit” 6 multi, Merlin Gaia 6 fretless, Merlin Rockmachine 5, Merlin NT5, Manta 5, Manta 5 YOLO, ("Red Baron" 5), Q 5, (Sandberg Classic S2-5), (Thumb-4)
- Genzler Magellan 800, 2 Genzler BA12-3

basshack
Posts: 4712
Joined: 06 Feb 2010, 10:14
Location: Melbourne Victoria

Re: Build #020 - Polaris Manta "Double-BBM" MB Sig

Post by basshack » 11 Feb 2019, 20:39

Yeah that’s more like what I thought you were talking about on Friday
><((((º> ·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸.·´¯`·... ><((((º>
.·´¯`·.¸.·´¯`·... >((((º>

kodou
Posts: 185
Joined: 30 Mar 2015, 10:10
Location: Eltham, Melbourne

Re: Build #020 - Polaris Manta "Double-BBM" MB Sig

Post by kodou » 12 Feb 2019, 19:35

Only just realised there was an OzBass thread :D

Subscribed!

User avatar
slowlearner
Posts: 5889
Joined: 21 Dec 2010, 14:30
Location: Sydney, Australia
Contact:

Re: Build #020 - Polaris Manta "Double-BBM" MB Sig

Post by slowlearner » 14 Feb 2019, 06:56

Is this the sort of dye you're using DB?

https://www.thewoodworks.com.au/shop/co ... es-aniline
Bassline "I'm not arguing.... I'm just explaining why I'm right."
My Band - https://www.facebook.com/PBT-1914426202220972/

User avatar
drbass
Posts: 3287
Joined: 04 Apr 2013, 05:31
Location: Doreen, Victoria
Contact:

Re: Build #020 - Polaris Manta "Double-BBM" MB Sig

Post by drbass » 14 Feb 2019, 10:46

slowlearner wrote:
14 Feb 2019, 06:56
Is this the sort of dye you're using DB?

https://www.thewoodworks.com.au/shop/co ... es-aniline
"DB, DB, DB" - what does he mean, this crazy Pete? And then it dawned on me (so much for the "D" part ;) ).

Anyway, no, one could but the powders/crystals have a significant disadvantage: they may not dissolve completely so you might apply the dye and streak out a partially dissolved crystal which gives you a super-high-intensity area. To avoid that you need to mix, mix, mix and then filter, probably through a cloth.

What I currently use is this:


The water solubility brings up another issue of course: when applying the grain goes fuzzy. There are really good instructions on the U-Beaut web site (at least one wipe-down with damp cloth followed by careful sanding with - from memory - 400 grit paper before application) so it's controllable.

Regards,
Michael
- Merlin “Kermit” 6 multi, Merlin Gaia 6 fretless, Merlin Rockmachine 5, Merlin NT5, Manta 5, Manta 5 YOLO, ("Red Baron" 5), Q 5, (Sandberg Classic S2-5), (Thumb-4)
- Genzler Magellan 800, 2 Genzler BA12-3

User avatar
slowlearner
Posts: 5889
Joined: 21 Dec 2010, 14:30
Location: Sydney, Australia
Contact:

Re: Build #020 - Polaris Manta "Double-BBM" MB Sig

Post by slowlearner » 14 Feb 2019, 13:29

Cool. I gather what you mean is knocking the grain down a few times before you dye it?
Bassline "I'm not arguing.... I'm just explaining why I'm right."
My Band - https://www.facebook.com/PBT-1914426202220972/

User avatar
drbass
Posts: 3287
Joined: 04 Apr 2013, 05:31
Location: Doreen, Victoria
Contact:

Re: Build #020 - Polaris Manta "Double-BBM" MB Sig

Post by drbass » 16 Feb 2019, 18:10

slowlearner wrote:
14 Feb 2019, 13:29
Cool. I gather what you mean is knocking the grain down a few times before you dye it?
If you have to get THAT technical, then yes ;) .

Always fun to work with timber and dyes - your practice piece looks great so you go ahead and the actual piece looks different.

After applying the black (which made it look pretty much, well black) I put on another application of blue. Hmmm:



TBH, that looked nothing like I expected but amazing, and a little bit to my surprise Matt liked it too so we decided to leave it like that.

Next surprise. Putting the Oslo on reverted things back to exactly what Matt had in mind originally: midnight blue (well, probably a little darker than that, but it IS blue):



You win some, you lose some. All good. Here's the front, and it's not really obvious from the pic but the dark part near the forearm cut is actually blue (one of the lightest parts of the blue area):



So, I'll keep putting on Osmo (the spalted timber soaks it up so this will require a few applications), and the neck is next - really need to tackle the carving (which I'm always a little apprehensive about).

Regards,
Michael
- Merlin “Kermit” 6 multi, Merlin Gaia 6 fretless, Merlin Rockmachine 5, Merlin NT5, Manta 5, Manta 5 YOLO, ("Red Baron" 5), Q 5, (Sandberg Classic S2-5), (Thumb-4)
- Genzler Magellan 800, 2 Genzler BA12-3

kodou
Posts: 185
Joined: 30 Mar 2015, 10:10
Location: Eltham, Melbourne

Re: Build #020 - Polaris Manta "Double-BBM" MB Sig

Post by kodou » 16 Feb 2019, 18:20

Admittedly I can be quite contrary when it comes to colour but anything purple gets my vote :D

That being said the dark blue/black is much more in line with what I was going for.

basshack
Posts: 4712
Joined: 06 Feb 2010, 10:14
Location: Melbourne Victoria

Re: Build #020 - Polaris Manta "Double-BBM" MB Sig

Post by basshack » 16 Feb 2019, 18:29

I still don't like the neck on this one Michael, looks very much unfinished. The colour however is really nice and yes surprising how the dye works, you never know what you are going to get really. I do like the spalted front.
><((((º> ·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸.·´¯`·... ><((((º>
.·´¯`·.¸.·´¯`·... >((((º>

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests