Pietro's 5 string Jazz - #020

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Pietro's 5 string Jazz - #020

Post by Phil » 14 Oct 2011, 19:31

Up next is Peter in Cairns' 5 string Jazz Bass, Peter had a pretty good idea of what he wanted for a bass, from the beginning we knew it was going to be natural Ash finish, humbucking pickups, J in the neck position and Musicman style in the bridge position, Audere preamp and A style bridge. The most challenging part wsas the weight. The goal was a bass that would weight less than 8 pounds (3.63kg). That means this bass' body would have to get the Sadowsky NYC treatment, which is to chamber the body as much as possible and glue a thin 1/8" (3.2mm) top on it, steambending it to fit in the arm rest.

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Re: Pietro's 5 string Jazz - #020

Post by jamiesdad » 14 Oct 2011, 19:38

watching with extreme interest .. diff colour, single coils, RW or ebony board ... could (should) be mine ... sub'ed
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Re: Pietro's 5 string Jazz - #020

Post by Aussie Mark » 14 Oct 2011, 19:47

I hope you're charging him extra for the chambering, LOL. That's a lot of drilling!

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Re: Pietro's 5 string Jazz - #020

Post by basshack » 14 Oct 2011, 19:48

Hi Phil,

In the interest of picking up some more knowledge I note you're not taking all the wood out when "chambering". (now I know there is no such word but hey we can innovate!) Is this because of the thin piece you're using on top or for another reason? I chewed out big pieces leaving about 1/4" around the outside, where I could and the center of the body intact for stiffness. Did I leave myself open for trouble taking so much out?

BTW I have been revisiting your fanned fretted bass thread. Got the bug to get one to try out.
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Re: Pietro's 5 string Jazz - #020

Post by Phil » 14 Oct 2011, 20:02

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A lot of the guys doing chambering pretty much hog out everything thats not needed in there, to the point where some of the chambered electrics lookmmore like acoustic instruments with just a small block in the middle for the electrics. There's nothing wrong with it if thats whatl you want, you'll just have to take care of it (pamper it) like you would an acoustic instrument. The reason i chamber this way is to leave lots of gluing surface and stability to the top since it'll only be 3mm thick, also i'm pretty much doing the same sort of chambering that Sadowsky does on their basses. If it works for Roger...

@Mark, there's an added cost since your putting on a top on the body but its not much since its not a figured top. The drilling isn't that long, its also not finished yet I have to rout all these cavities properly the drilling oos to help out the routing later on.

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Re: Pietro's 5 string Jazz - #020

Post by basshack » 14 Oct 2011, 21:47

Thanks Phil, my sectioning is more like 3/8 - 3/4 split so it's not so delicate. :D This was about doing a stomach staple on the Warmoth not just a bit of Jenny Craig.

You are giving me more confidence to have a go at doing my own neck next time around. I know it isn't but you make it look easy.
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Re: Pietro's 5 string Jazz - #020

Post by Phil » 15 Oct 2011, 07:04

It really isn't that hard, just make sure you're well read on the process first, get a couple of books on building and study them well, make sure you think of the whole process a lot before you start cutting. Its always better to brush up on the theory first through these books than to just jump in head first with no idea of what you're doing. Threads like these are great at showing you the process but its not sufficient as its not telling you the theory and tips needed during the construction process.

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Re: Pietro's 5 string Jazz - #020

Post by terry » 30 Oct 2011, 16:20

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Re: Pietro's 5 string Jazz - #020

Post by jamiesdad » 30 Oct 2011, 17:23

phil ... artistry right there

and, mmm ... festool
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Re: Pietro's 5 string Jazz - #020

Post by Kevin » 07 Nov 2011, 20:11

You have a great eye for wood grain Phil, in the interest of the grain on #24 will the Dark Cherry burst cover it up? Would be a shame to deprive the eye of such beauty!

In my experience of pulling my squier's apart to see how they were built the neck pocket is always full of paint and laquer, after sanding this away i find that the bass sounds louder and clearer....
Do you find that if you keep the neck pocket free of paint or laquer it gives the instrument better resonance?

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Re: Pietro's 5 string Jazz - #020

Post by maxgroover » 07 Nov 2011, 21:15

Great stuff Phil. When does the routing for the MM pickup happen?
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Re: Pietro's 5 string Jazz - #020

Post by Phil » 08 Nov 2011, 18:53

As soon as i receive it :D

@Kevin, thw birat will only opaque your bass on the edges, you'll see the grain very well on the faces :)

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Re: Pietro's 5 string Jazz - #020

Post by Kevin » 09 Nov 2011, 21:21

Thanks for that Phil, glad i finally got to see what you look like :)

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Pietro's 5 string Jazz - #020

Post by PilbaraBass » 28 Nov 2011, 05:41

It's been almost 3 weeks since an update. How's it going?
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