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  1. Not fully decided, but I am leaning towards chambering and making it thinner. Lighter is better for me. And I happen to have 6.5mm thick book-matched Zebrano in bass dimensions I was intending to use on the next build.... ash and zebrano always looks good together.
  2. I am not sure, never had a Smith. But there certainly are many basses that are slimmer than the 4.4cm (1.75”) Leo came up with, so would not be surprised at all. The main thing is to ensure you have enough meat for the neck to bolt on to (or set in). Which to me suggests 3.75cm is close to the slimmest you can go. Although an actually skilled builder like @Andyjr1515 of @Jabba_the_gut would know better. I am just pretending
  3. Not really, although it certainly is not a slim body. 4.4cm is standard Fender thickness, which is what I would end up with after sanding and would be okay with if the weight was around 1.7/1.8. Now I would end up at 2.1/2.2. My target total weight is 4 kg, so whilst the original plan was to keep it super simpel. I will happily put in the extra effort to get it “perfect”. I can indeed take some thickness off and if I add some “hollows” in the body all will be just as I want it.
  4. Only a brief update. I rounded the body, looks perfect, and I was very happy for 5 minutes. Until I weighed it......... 2.4kg. Whilst I still will lose a few hundred grams with arm/ belly contour, cavity and neck pocket, I will end up with a 4.4-4.5kg-ish bass. Not what I am looking for. So, the plan is to hollow out part of the body and lose roughly 5mm in overall thickness (am at 4.7cm now). So off to order some top wood and build a jig so I can route the current body to desired thickness. Added a few pics of the rounded body, just because I can.
  5. Quite a bit of interest but no bite or interesting trade options yet bump.
  6. I am a lefty, but alas play righty .... what a gorgeous acoustic.
  7. It will be marked v1, but me thinks it was the top one (so towards the centre).
  8. Thinking about it, I think 2 are for the OD, 2 for the preamp. If memory serves me well, the 2 closest to the input jack are for the OD and the 2 in the middle are for the pre. I have a v1 (ultra low noise) in the first of the 2 pre slots and normal ones in all others. Works well enough
  9. I like Tung Sols a lot, have them in my BB as well. Loud, round and clean. That said, 1 of the valves is for the overdrive circuit. You could try some hi-gain options.
  10. I also switch from 4 to 5 and back, depending on situation/need/requirement. Just takes some practice and all is well soon enough.
  11. I have toyed with and even tried selling some of the basses on offer before, but either got cold feet or for some reason could not go through with sale at the time. But I find myself in a situation where it is prudent to generate some cash so I can build more of my own instruments (have a Jazz, a modern 5 and ultra short scale in mind). But actually I will need to get rid of some stuff to get my mrs to okay me getting lots of wood in the house (see what I did there ). These basses have served me well over the years, and it is time to share with others . I am certainly open to part trades, either against bass amps (not too heavy), fretted or fretless basses 4 and 5 strings, and synths as long as I end up with cash on my end (200-500 in total would be nice). Say you trade me 1 bass for 2 of mine, or an amp + cash. Priced sharply if I do say so myself. And for the Bogart lovers not to worry, I am keeping my 1991 Bogart Here goes: Bogart Blackstone 5 2001 - GBP900 2001 (so still the old semi-headless design) 34” scale 18mm spacing Bartolini soapbars Noll TCM3 preamp Graphite neck 24 frets Blackstone (polycarbon) body with dense acoustic foam - sounds like wood! Weight 4,5 kg - standard 5 string territory Just an absolute tone monster Condition is very good for an 18 year old bass, standard little cracks in neck pocket (all my Bogarts have it) due to the pocket design (square corners) of the older models. This does not affect playability or stability in any way. Noticed some minor paint scuffing on the back. Just minor stuff otherwise. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bogart Blackstone 4 1993 - GBP700 1993 (so still the old semi-headless design) 34” scale 18mm spacing Bartolini soapbars (worn down from years of use, but fully functional) Noll TCM3 parametric preamp Graphite neck 24 frets Blackstone (polycarbon) body with dense acoustic foam - sounds like wood! Weight 4,2 kg Removable sticker Just an absolute tone monster Condition is use, but good. The paint and graphite neck are very solid and do not have a lot of signs of abuse. The pickup covers are worn from years of use, it doesn't effect the functionality at all. I had the fretboard serviced a few years ago. And like the 5 standard little cracks in neck pocket (all my Bogarts have it) due to the pocket design (square corners) of the older models. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- G&L (USA) SB-2 1995 - GBP750 34” scale Rosewood fretboard Jazz type neck (nice and slim/narrow) Detuner on the E (and original tuner included) Built in 1995 In remarkable condition for it’s age, with some nicks but nothing major Around de 4.3kg mark It has a VVT mod but also comes with original wiring loom Shipping in Europe with neck detached included for all 3 basses, no cases included. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- More pics available on demand, condition is as described and you can check my feedback for a review of my packaging capabilities and general conduct
  12. Crisis averted by some sanding, it is back to looking amazing and I am on speaking terms with my router again
  13. It happens Regardless it looks amazing.
  14. Very lovely indeed! Question, why did you decide to place the pickup as you did? Or is it false perspective?
  15. Cut and routed the body today. Pretty happy with it, although my router did take a little chunk out of the wood (nothing I cannot fix with Wood dust/glue though). I both love and hate routers.... Still, most scary part turned out okay. Next steps: sanding, roundovers and contour carving (my Shinto is ready for some action )
  16. I have to admit that selling my PJ5 was stupid as .... I would tend to agree with them being right up there.
  17. I have 2, even 1 will do the trick most of the time. Great FRFR option.
  18. As mentioned progress will be relatively slow, but felt an update was in order, - Created some routing templates - Created router table (by adapting an old workmate type thing into) - Used the template to outline the bass on the ash block Next steps will involve cutting some ash Pics below.
  19. Install Live: Air Remote on your iPhoneS and Live: Air Action on your iPad. If you just stream live and use max. 2 iPhones it is free too! Although I wanted to record whilst streaming and wanted to use a 3rd phone for audio so paid some cash for that (maybe 30 quid or so). As long as all appliances are on the same wifi network the Action app will pick up the Remote apps. The quicker and more stable the network the higher audio and video resolution.
  20. Also you don’t see many that do not have a headstock fix, makes this very rare indeed.
  21. Same year as mine, great sounding and very light basses.
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