Build #016 - Polaris Merlin NT5 MG Signature Fretless

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

Post by drbass » 07 Nov 2018, 20:24

BassLine wrote:
07 Nov 2018, 19:50
drbass wrote:
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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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Something like that, Owen, only in blue (not green). And no dots on the board, only side markers so it’ll be a little less “in your face”.

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

Post by BassLine » 07 Nov 2018, 20:31

More like this then...?

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

Post by drbass » 07 Nov 2018, 20:42

BassLine wrote:
07 Nov 2018, 20:31
More like this then...?

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Yep, those dots with the blue lines:
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Re: Build #016 - Polaris Merlin NT5 MG Signature Fretless

Post by BassLine » 07 Nov 2018, 21:06

Very cool. I’ve never seen that before.
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Re: Build #016 - Polaris Merlin NT5 MG Signature Fretless

Post by maxgroover » 07 Nov 2018, 21:27

Blue’s a good choice Michael :)
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Re: Build #016 - Polaris Merlin NT5 MG Signature Fretless

Post by drbass » 10 Nov 2018, 14:48

Always a little sad to cut slots into a perfectly fine board but hey, in this case they'll shine bright like a diamond ;) .

Cut the slots while the board was still flat (to get a straight bottom) which was a little tricky in a couple of places since the epoxy had filled the starter slots I had cut previously. All went well though, happy with the result.

Here are a couple of pics of the board with one Luminlay strip - this was was "loaded" in the sun for about 5 seconds.




I'll have to measure the actual width of the slots before glueing in the glowing stuff. The strips I have are .5 mm thick and they "just drop in" which means they might be a tiny. it too thin. There's another version measuring .58 mm in thickness which might be a better fit - once I know I'll order the appropriate size.

Then it's glue, cut level, and then sand sand sand to get the 20" radius.

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

Post by drbass » 16 Nov 2018, 16:03

I'll actually get a small sample of the thicker Luminlay strip - very nice people at "Meister Works" - so I can check the slot size properly and make an informed decision.

Worked on the neck - rough band-saw of the taper and the headstock followed (at home) by using a template bit and a small router to get the proper taper:

Detail:

Requires a little bit of cleaning up but the grain of the wenge is just absolutely nuts can't wait what it looks like when finished.

And this was in the Big Box as well:



Good times.

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

Post by maxgroover » 16 Nov 2018, 16:14

:hyper:
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