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Andyjr1515

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  1. Andyjr1515

    Fretless neck - now pics of in progress!

    Somehow missed this! It's looking good
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    Navarone.45-43"multiscale headless

    I agree with @SpondonBassed (there's a first time for everything!) - it all makes sense now. That is a great look
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    33" P/J Jazz bass, blocks & binding

    Back to blocks - I had a gig practice with Pete last night and noticed the MoP blocks on the SG-ish I built for him a few years ago: Well - I've never noticed it before, but the block on the first fret is quite a different colour to the rest: You don't really see it in this photo but in normal daylight it is quite blue, whereas the rest are whiter. And now I look at it in the photo - look at the three swifts! The larger one is different to the other two - all cut from the same 40mmx40mm piece of shell. Pete's never noticed and wouldn't worry if he did. And I never noticed until last night - and I've seen this guitar up close at least 200 times, let alone when I was building it!!!
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    Fret pullers

    Sounds like a result
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    Dreadnought acoustic (guitar) for me?

    I think they suit some people. I personally don't feel the need. I always carve necks for guitars and basses intended for my own use to a soft-ish 'V'. That gives me a feeling of a very slim neck when moving up and down the board, but a comfortable thickness when using barre chords and the like.
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    Basschat Builders Gallery.

    Lest I forget it (not that you could ever forget such a shape), the Mouradian-esque built for @gelfin
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    Dreadnought acoustic (guitar) for me?

    Started the neck carve. It will probably take the rest of the day off and on but the bulk is removed: Other than checking the neck thickness with some calipers, I'm carving this one pretty much entirely by feel - sitting in a chair, holding it like a back-to-front cello and using a variety of tools including spokeshave, cabinet scrapers and microplanes. I often tweak the shape in the same way once the guitar is fully finished and strung up, just using a cabinet scraper and finishing off with sandpaper, followed by a quick reapplication of tru-oil slurry and buff.
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    33" P/J Jazz bass, blocks & binding

    Option 2 Mother of Pearl is a natural product and natural products vary...otherwise they don't look natural. Those blocks look perfect
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    Dreadnought acoustic (guitar) for me?

    Spent a bit of time double checking lengths and positions of the fretboard, and also fitted the trussrod ready for fixing the fretboard to the neck. One job needed was to cut the fretboard to length. The pickup system I am installing is the Shadow Doubleplay As well as a piezo under the saddle, it has a mini magnetic pickup that fits at the end of the fretboard. It is the same system I fitted to Chris's build in 2015 shown here: As you can see, the fretboard has to be cut to the correct length to fit the magnetic p/up at the end. That cut, it was time to glue the fretboard! And yes, @TheGreek - you can NEVER have too many clamps!
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    Dreadnought acoustic (guitar) for me?

    Back home after another 16 hours driving (the things we do...!) and back to a bit of normality for a couple of weeks. On the critical path is gluing the fretboard - but I can't do that until the neck is absolutely spot on in all planes. So out came a huge array of hand tools to try to create a 1.4 degree angle on the heel in one plane to straighten the neck without affecting the other plane, affecting the neck angle and string action height. Eventually got there. It lines up: And - using a long thin strip of abrasive cloth the floss the joint, I have a secure and even contact between the heel and the body, confirmed by transfer of chalk (seen in the above picture) from one to the other when the two are assembled. A bit more tweaking and checking, then the trussrod can be fitted and fretboard glued
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    Semi Hollow Bass (and another two...)

    Bummer about the kitchen. But gosh - that is a beautiful job on that bass!
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    5 string conversion Precision Bass Finished!!

    I like that lots
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    snapped headstock

    Stunning job. Respect, @Twincam , respect.
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    "Lets Twist again", neck repair

    Very interesting stuff, @Grangur I particularly like that method you are using to add the twist. Looks very controllable.
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    Dreadnought acoustic (guitar) for me?

    It's going to be a disturbed weekend again so I have tried to get some more of the major steps sorted in the last couple of days. I have started the finishing process on the body. I'm a bit unconventional in that, regardless of what I will eventually finish it with, I 'grain fill' and seal using a tru-oil slurry-and-wipe approach. Here's the back and sides after the first application: While that was drying, I carried on with the neck fitting. It is going to be bolt-on mortice and tenon, using captive nuts. This all has to be very accurate and square: When screwing in the inserts, not only do they have to be very square to the hole, but - from bitter experience - I also support the sides to avoid the process splitting the wood: This means we have a self-supporting neck that can be tightened fully against the body... ...for the next somewhat iterative process of checking and adjusting the neck angle on both planes. By the way, note at the joint that the inside is scooped away so that the only contact is at the sides of the heel. First check is whether the neck angle to bridge is correct: This is, happily, exactly where I need it to be - the level from the fretboard is just touching the top of the bridge - the bone saddle will provide the string action height Then I have to check the alignment of the neck: Not so good. So I need to shave a touch off the base side of the heel - while not affecting the neck angle and maintaining a good heel to body joint. This will have to wait until next week
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