Too kind - I feel like I left out a lot (maybe should have recorded some audio, and/or thought of actual questions but then I'm not a reporter as such.
Yes, I was really surprised they wouldn't use this one with a solid colour. I suppose the attraction is the neck-through lamination.aphekgreg wrote: ↑02 Dec 2017, 20:01Leo Fender would be rolling in his grave, at the idea of destroying that custom bass, due to a minor flaw. He would have just painted a 'Custom Colour' and sold it for extra!
I'm also fascinated to see how rough the CNC routing is. I thought one of the advantages of CNC, was more consistency between instruments.
Interesting that they did relic finish instruments and now use lacquer that you can't even scratch.
Thanks for the report and photos. Looking forward to seeing the rest of them.
And also yes, the CNC results were quite "intriguing" in terms of roughness. You still get a great consistency with general body shape before you finish it, much more so than just band-sawing and using rasps and files - wish I had the luxury of starting with this "rough" shape.
And the relic-ing came as a bit of a surprise to me, never knew that was going on - anyone have one of those and can comment? The finish they use now is absolutely amazing, super-thin and there was no sign whatsoever fo even the slightest swirl or scratch after the key treatment.
Makes you wonder though - "the sound of wood" doesn't sound so compelling now, does it? How about we have a good debate about "tone acrylic" ?
I would highly recommend it. You need to book (happy to provide contact details), and it's 35 Euro as well but worth it.