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  1. Andyjr1515

    Another Swift Lite Bass

    Bit more progress on this. Tapered the neck to a touch oversize against the fretboard, installed the trussrod and glued on the fretboard: I also took a couple of slices off some poplar offcut for the headstock plate and the control chamber cover. Starting to look like a bass now
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    Eude throws down the gauntlet

    Still creeping up on the final neck and heel carve. Starting to get there but still a way to go: Once the carve is broadly right, I'm going to do an early string up and finalise the profile while I have some strings on so I can really feel whether the shape works or needs some slight adjustment. Still a bit more to come off the heel, but the transition is starting to look a little more elegant from the side: Oh - and just to get a view of how wide a sixer neck is, look at @eude 's next to the Swift Lite build: I'm really enjoying both of these builds - SO different to each other but both are very satisfying in a scary sort of a way
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    Eude throws down the gauntlet

    Probably not going to be able to get much done tomorrow so, just to make sure @eude doesn't have some sort of seizure, I thought I'd better do a bit more this evening. One fitted katalox chamber cover ready for the magnets to be fitted
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    Eude throws down the gauntlet

    touché! (sorry - don't know the dutch for that) Yes - most of my builds are neck through also. In fact, thinking about it, all of my own builds are - not only for this reason, but so I can go super slim and reduce the weight accordingly Beautiful build, by the way
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    Eude throws down the gauntlet

    One of the things I will do, having done a bit of air-bass playing - and having already checked first with @eude - is to scoop the back of the lower cutaway here to give some knuckle clearance for reaching the 24th frets: The treble side of the heel will also be slimmed as far as the security of the joint will allow. It won't change the front view at all, but will make the playing experience much better up at the dusty end.
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    Eude throws down the gauntlet

    And while I'm pondering on the carve, the glue on the headstock plate may as well be setting. Don't panic, by the way - the two G clamps are clamping onto a katalox offcut caul, not the headstock plate itself
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    Eude throws down the gauntlet

    It's been a while since I did a mahogany neck - and I'd forgotten JUST how easily it carves. Thank goodness for the carbon rods! The spokeshave took around 30minutes to sharpen and about 7 minutes to get to the stage where I needed to stop using it lest I took too much off! Then onto the micro plane to get the rough carve of the volute and heel transition. This took a further 10 minutes: I don't use a handle on the micro-planes. I just wear gloves and sometimes use it on pull and sometimes on push, then for the join up of heel to nut I just lightly drag it along a bit like a gentle spokeshave. All the time, of course, I am going nowhere near the spine, which is already at final thickness. Another 15 minutes or so with cabinet scrapers and some basic sanding and it's at the stage to stop and assess the feel and look, both for the main part of the neck and also consider how deep to scoop at the body transition. I find it a lot easier to assess this in 'air bass' style to actually feel where it works and where it doesn't. As a number of you know, I'm a bit quirky in that actually finalise the neck scrape and finish once the bass is fully strung and playable. Anyway, this is how it is at the end of stage 1. I will now leave it a while and come back to it to work out where to carve, and how much to carve, next. But, in the meantime, it's definitely starting to look like a bass now :
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    Eude throws down the gauntlet

    So far - although there's always room for the 'whoopsie' - so good. In fact, my very last job before lunch break is sharpening the tools for the neck carve Having checked the position that many times until I was bored with it, the fretboard got glued: Note the useful squeeze-out covering the wretchedly hazardous carbon fibre cut faces While that was drying, I put an ebony demarcation veneer on the back of the headstock plate: And while THAT was drying, cut the rebate for the control panel cover, hiding all of the previous screwholes (the new cover will have magnetic catches) I managed to get a 4mm slice off an offcut of the katalox (my bottom-end Axminster bandsaw, though slow, is proving to be quite capable!), which will sand down to 3mm to sit flush: So, while this looks the same as before, the difference is the fretboard it is now firmly glued: ...and the headstock plate firmly demarcate-able : And the neck and heel and volute are ready to carve
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    Eude throws down the gauntlet

    Yes - the arbortech heads are very good. I have a friend who uses them for carving wood sculptures. I suppose that I've had and seen so many instances where 'one slip spells disaster' - routers are a prime example - I tend to favour the methods where you creep up on the final shape. Having discovered the joys of working with wood only in the last 5 years or so, it's also part of the enjoyment. Clearly, I can only do that because it's essentially a hobby and therefore my time isn't costed into the equation.
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    Eude throws down the gauntlet

    Yes - a grinder in my hands would probably take ALL the remaining years off my life I start with a spokeshave to just get rid of the corners, then move onto micro-planes and then onto cabinet scrapers. With mahogany, this is usually a surprisingly quick process but even with rock maple it's pretty quick. Often, sharpening the blades and re-burring the scrapers takes longer than the initial carve! Actually, the volute and heel transitions take me the longest because those are more dependant on the other factors of body shape and headstock shape.
  11. Andyjr1515

    Insecurity? Pah. Incoming NBD

    It's beautiful, @Bridgehouse
  12. Andyjr1515

    Eude throws down the gauntlet

    I love neck carving. Best bit of a build...
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    Eude throws down the gauntlet

    Only if I get it wrong
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    Eude throws down the gauntlet

    Dank u wel And...back to the project While the neck was still flat and unencumbered by fretboards and headstock plates, I popped it on my router thicknessing rig - with the nut end packed up by 1mm - to get the spine of the neck at the right thickness to end up with a 22.5mm - 23.5mm thickness across the whole length - matching @eude 's favourite playing neck for this kind of bass. And so tomorrow is a big day - if all is well once I've checked and double checked and triple checked everything, the fretboard will get glued to the neck and the headstock plate may well get glued to the headstock!
  15. Andyjr1515

    Eude throws down the gauntlet

    Merci beaucoup! (Just getting all the non-english words I know out before the rest of the EU casts us out into the North Sea and stop talking to us!)