Slowlearner's rolling cavalcade of luthiery horrors

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Re: Slowlearner's rolling cavalcade of luthiery horrors

Post by CrayZee_Bass » 03 Dec 2018, 08:16

david1234 wrote:
03 Dec 2018, 06:53
Semiacoustic flying V archtop. Go!
But, reverse V!
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Post by cleary » 03 Dec 2018, 10:11

Once again, really enjoyed watching this. I really like the final product too 😁
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Post by slowlearner » 03 Dec 2018, 18:14

david1234 wrote:
03 Dec 2018, 06:53
Semiacoustic flying V archtop. Go!
Hmmm, you're reading my mind! :lol:

But seriously, maybe there's a few good ideas there. :hmm
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Post by slowlearner » 06 Dec 2018, 22:57

So, more hackery. I've entered a talkbass build off, but I can't build it until Dec 22. I can draw up some designs. So, this and this....

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Turned into this. Still some more drawing to go yet...

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In other news, I'm 2 weeks into the mother of all sinus things. Bler… :(
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Post by SneakyJak » 07 Dec 2018, 16:48

i'm assuming that's three screw locations. what's the reason behind that design or is it "because I can". personally I'm a huge fan of "why not"

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Post by slowlearner » 07 Dec 2018, 21:24

There's a little more to it than that, but yes. I also subscribe to the "why not" camp. There's way too much of the "Gibson/Fender/Steve/Martin did that way, so it's the only way" talk around the place. :D
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Post by noplanb » 07 Dec 2018, 22:38

Did you consider the curve-loop could be deeper, thus making a half-moon space seen from the front? Sort of 'form expresses design' kind of thing....
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Post by narcdor » 08 Dec 2018, 08:07

It might also make a useful handle too, like the Steve Vai GEM models :D
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Post by slowlearner » 08 Dec 2018, 09:25

I don't really want to remove a lot more timber. Because the design is already hollow body. I need to keep enough timber to make it work. I was thinking about it last night. It's surprising how little timber is actually needed to hold something together, but it's got to be in the right place. That's my challenge. Still, I guess if I can build a 39" scale 6 string with a 20mm body, this is nothing really. Just goes to show how over-engineered Fenders are.
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Post by slowlearner » 08 Dec 2018, 14:40

So, off to Bunnings today after this disaster last night...


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Better not to ask. Suffice to say I hope the thicknesser will sort it out. Or I'll just rip it in two again and do it properly the second... or maybe the third time? Hmmm.

Anyhow, back on track. Picked these up. All up it was $10. No I'm not putting tap valves in the new bass... or am I? Who knows. The "connector cross dowels" are what I'm thinking of using in the neck and the body so I can mess with adjustable neck angle ideas.


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Again, it stuns me how little timber actually holds a bass together. The rest is really just gravy, paint and impending back injuries.
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Post by slowlearner » 11 Dec 2018, 07:50

Some more neck joint design. Top view...

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Side view...

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Headstock mitre...

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If experience has taught me anything, it's taught me to nail these details down now, not later.

I've almost got a bridge sorted out. I just need to dig around in my scrap metal bin a little more and make sure I've got what I need. Should be super simple tune-o-matic type thing.
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Post by slowlearner » 13 Dec 2018, 09:39

Given the sort of precision involved in this, I'm not sure I should including it in my 'hackery' thread. But it adds to the colour.

I picked up my newly machined posts for 'Christopher Walken' today. Basically they're the factory bridge posts, but I had the tops turned down to 4mm to fit the new roller bridge. For $20 I thought it was good value. This supercedes the slightly dodgy setup I had it in before with the smaller pins and inserts sitting inside the larger Epi ones, holding the bridge up.

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I guess in the hackery stakes, the chrome plating was machined off the top of the post when they were turned down. Oh, the humanity!
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