Build #016 - Polaris Merlin NT5 MG Signature Fretless

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Build #016 - Polaris Merlin NT5 MG Signature Fretless

Post by drbass » 07 Sep 2018, 17:22

This one will be very similar to Build #014 (and yes, it's for Matt as well) with the following changes:

fretless with Luminlay fret lines (that will be pretty cool);
no zero fret (of course not) but ebony nut instead;
wenge board;
this top:


and the biggest change is going to the Nordstrand FD3 pickups (just like in my 6 string fretless), mounted at a 10 degree angle, paired with the Glockenklang 3-band pre.

At the moment I'm looking at the option to "invert" the neck, i.e. start with a central wenge wedge but that might not happen.

Stay tuned for the occasional update as we go through this build.

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Re: Build #016 - Kermit NT5 MG Signature Fretless

Post by Classic5 » 07 Sep 2018, 18:09

I like it.......the MG signature :thumbup:
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Re: Build #016 - Kermit NT5 MG Signature Fretless

Post by maxgroover » 08 Sep 2018, 08:14

I didn’t go to the recent Sydney GTG looking for a fretless bass but once I picked up Michael’s 6 string fretless I just couldn’t put it down. I played a few Marcus Miller fretless melodies and that sound in my head I wanted to hear from the bass kept coming out in spades. So in the end it was a no brainer to commission a build from Michael.

24 fretline 5 string here we come :hyper:
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Re: Build #016 - Polaris Merlin NT5 MG Signature Fretless

Post by Curto » 08 Sep 2018, 17:40

Congrats Matt on your commission builds. Can't go wrong with Michael's basses. They are exemplary!!
I reckon the luminlay would look pretty cool too.
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Re: Build #016 - Polaris Merlin NT5 MG Signature Fretless

Post by drbass » 22 Sep 2018, 12:10

Please note: this will now have the amboyna burl top, and the maple burl will go on #014, the fretted version.

Biggest neck-glue-up for me yet: technically 9 pieces but that includes two black veneer layers between the maple strips. Kinda fun, had to make up more epoxy at the end (but no problem, using the slow hardener gives plenty of time to fuzz around a little).




Slowly slowly ... .

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Re: Build #016 - Polaris Merlin NT5 MG Signature Fretless

Post by drbass » 06 Oct 2018, 16:08

Neck-vana part 3, probably the nicest, and most definitely the most elaborate one. Wenge, 2 maple with veneer, centre wenge, 2 maple with veneer, and wenge:



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Re: Build #016 - Polaris Merlin NT5 MG Signature Fretless

Post by maxgroover » 06 Oct 2018, 17:21

Looks great Michael :yep
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Re: Build #016 - Polaris Merlin NT5 MG Signature Fretless

Post by drbass » 06 Oct 2018, 17:39

maxgroover wrote:
06 Oct 2018, 17:21
Looks great Michael :yep
I was hoping you’d say that, Matt ;) .

Next step for all necks is marking everything out (trussrod and carbon rod channels, holes for threaded inserts where applicable, and neck dimensions). Routing next week, then glueing in the carbon rods.

After that I can remove excess material (at body and headstock end) and “straighten” everything up. It should be fairly steady progress (mind you, there are two more necks coming in this batch).

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Re: Build #016 - Polaris Merlin NT5 MG Signature Fretless

Post by narcdor » 07 Oct 2018, 07:11

That is really very nice, I always love wenge on the outside of a laminate.
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Re: Build #016 - Polaris Merlin NT5 MG Signature Fretless

Post by cackland » 07 Oct 2018, 10:28

Wow!
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Re: Build #016 - Polaris Merlin NT5 MG Signature Fretless

Post by drbass » 07 Oct 2018, 18:36

Close-up:



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Re: Build #016 - Polaris Merlin NT5 MG Signature Fretless

Post by drbass » 26 Oct 2018, 15:45

Matt had me swap the tops so the fretless (lined, by the way, with Luminlay strips) will have the amboyna burl top:



Nice.

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Michael
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Re: Build #016 - Polaris Merlin NT5 MG Signature Fretless

Post by maxgroover » 27 Oct 2018, 08:20

:hyper:
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Re: Build #016 - Polaris Merlin NT5 MG Signature Fretless

Post by drbass » 07 Nov 2018, 19:11

Progress - I'll put this in the "fretless" thread but include the fretted neck (which doesn't have a board quite yet).



Waiting for truss rods to arrive and then the board will go on the maple/wenge neck.

Next for the fretless is cutting the slots to depth, glueing in the Luminlay strips (will have to see whether to use the 0.5 or 0.6 mm versions), cutting them back to nearly board level. Bandsaw and sand the neck taper, then sand the 20" radius into the board, nicely and carefully.

Starting to think about getting a move on with the body wings!

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Re: Build #016 - Polaris Merlin NT5 MG Signature Fretless

Post by BassLine » 07 Nov 2018, 19:50

drbass wrote:
26 Oct 2018, 15:45
Matt had me swap the tops so the fretless (lined, by the way, with Luminlay strips) will have the amboyna burl top:
Luminlay - something like this??
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