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Re: Future Builds - Kinda Not Random

Post by drbass » 29 Mar 2018, 15:28

Classic5 wrote:
29 Mar 2018, 15:20
Is it possible to be in love with a back plate :)

Looks terrific! Wood is just an amazing material to sculpt.
Anything is possible.

This is the back which means it’ll be covered with nickel so don’t get too excited ;) .

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Re: Future Builds - Kinda Not Random

Post by drbass » 01 Apr 2018, 13:31

Not much progress, don't think it's appropriate to make a lot of noise today. Anyway, the Special Q headstock has received its contrast layer and matching veneer:


Also clearly visible are the two carbon rods, safely epoxied into place. Still to do before even contemplating putting the board on (which I don't have yet anyway): fit the truss rod.

Routed the neck pocket yesterday, very deep (24 frets!!) and work in progress (need to clean up some edges):



Happy Easter, everyone.

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Re: Future Builds - Kinda Not Random

Post by Classic5 » 01 Apr 2018, 13:50

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Re: Future Builds - Kinda Not Random

Post by Classic5 » 01 Apr 2018, 13:51

Looking terrific Michael. What are you using for the contrast layer on this one?

BTW...I was at the Bass Ceter yesterday, buying a Mono sleeve gig bag for Classic#001. Bumped into Davin (aka Slashin_velvet). He's doing some great work too on that build of his. Really impressed especially given he's figuring it all out by himself :notworthy:

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Re: Future Builds - Kinda Not Random

Post by Curto » 01 Apr 2018, 15:34

Happy Easter!
The matching headstock is a nice touch.
Is that walnut veneer in the body?

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Re: Future Builds - Kinda Not Random

Post by drbass » 01 Apr 2018, 16:15

Thanks, Ivan and Paul.

Just black veneer this time (KISS), two layers for the body, one layer for the headstock.

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Michael
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Re: Future Builds - Kinda Not Random

Post by drbass » 03 Apr 2018, 16:29

I love the sound of a router in the afternoon ;) .

Took advantage of the beautiful afternoon and set up my router implements on my workbench. Big holes are the result:

The P is in the P position (just reverse), the MM is in the G&L bridge position which is (for the 35" scale) 26 mm closer to the bridge than the Sting spot (and another 4 mm closer to the bridge than a Jazz bridge PU). Don't forget, this is a 24 fret neck as well which makes the placement look a little "out of whack".

Another big hole around the back:

Already flooded with superglue to make sure the spalted maple doesn't crumble.

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Re: Future Builds - Kinda Not Random

Post by drbass » 04 Apr 2018, 13:57

Bit of work on the back side of the neck pocket. Getting there, but the lower horn side needs some more attention (still too wide but I don't want to remove any more until I have fitted the neck). Its as expected the ash grain played nice - compare with the previous picture and you know what I mean.



It also tapers towards the body-neck transition to make it as comfy as possible to get to the higher register frets. Still more to go though.

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Re: Future Builds - Kinda Not Random

Post by drbass » 05 Apr 2018, 21:00

With wenge you never quite know what you're going to get.

Good to see Blaine in the workshop tonight, working hard on his super-secret project - it'll be a beauty.

I did a fair bit of sawing, routing, thicknessing and sanding. The main product (apart from the roughly cut neck for the Special Q and the routes for truss rod and carbon rods for the Kermit neck-through) are 4 wenge fret boards. I'm showing both "front" and "back":





Someone will have to make a difficult choice ;) . I personally would choose 7 or 8 (while keeping in mind that the pattern will of course change once the board is at final thickness and radiuses).

1/5 and 2/6 are fairly plain, and I'm not very keen to use either as a fret board - the orientation of the grain means that the pressure of the truss rod might result in cracks. Anyway.
I still have a full 1.2 m wenge board, and a 45 cm piece that will be big enough for a nice top.

Was a good night, big thank you to Rob for his help with the thicknessing.

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Michael
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Re: Future Builds - Kinda Not Random

Post by narcdor » 05 Apr 2018, 21:28

5 for sure :thumbup:
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Re: Future Builds - Kinda Not Random

Post by drbass » 06 Apr 2018, 07:04

narcdor wrote:
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5 for sure :thumbup:
5 does look particularly chocolatey but a decision has been made: The Winner Is: 7. Would have been my choice too.

The thing with wenge is this: it goes (a lot) darker when finished so all board options will be chocolatey in the end.

Hoping for the birdseye maple boards to arrive today - they’re in the country already.

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Re: Future Builds - Kinda Not Random

Post by packrat » 06 Apr 2018, 09:09

Wow that was quick. Perhaps they're being held to see if they have rabies.

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Re: Future Builds - Kinda Not Random

Post by drbass » 06 Apr 2018, 10:59

packrat wrote:
06 Apr 2018, 09:09
Wow that was quick. Perhaps they're being held to see if they have rabies.

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Since it’s birdseye maple my guess would be avian flu ;) .

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Re: Future Builds - Kinda Not Random

Post by packrat » 06 Apr 2018, 11:50

Snerk snerk.

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Re: Future Builds - Kinda Not Random

Post by drbass » 06 Apr 2018, 12:00

Just arrived, beautiful stuff. Pics later.

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Michael
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