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  1. Dan_Q

    my Blackguard Tele build

    very nice indeed. well done! good inspiration for my tele
  2. Dan_Q

    RickenFakers

    [quote name='Bassassin' timestamp='1485444114' post='3224018'] Don't know if anyone on here has. Someone on the FB group was talking about the pickups (didn't like the J unit) but hasn't - as far as I know - talked about its build & playability etc. [/quote] Thanks man, i'll take a look on the facebook group Prowla- that's awesome. very well done
  3. Dan_Q

    RickenFakers

    Has anyone ever tried one of the "rocktile" fakers?
  4. Very nice indeed. Is this the normal (poly) version or the laquer (nitro) version?
  5. Dan_Q

    Annoying Vibration- P Bass Copy

    [quote name='Norris' timestamp='1484575579' post='3216422'] It sounds like your truss rod is loose if it's rattling. Does the nut turn freely when not under string tension? If so tighten the truss nut until you start getting some resistance. Standard Fender style (single acting) truss rods sit in a curved channel. As you tighten the nut the rod tries to straighten, pushing against the curved channel and therefore putting back bow on the neck. If the rod is too loose it won't push against the curve at all, and will rattle You don't need to put so much tension in as to make the neck back bow, just enough to stop the rod from rattling [/quote] yeah i've already checked that as advised earlier in the thread, unfortunately it only reduced the rattle not eliminate it. Thanks for the response [quote name='Dan_Q' timestamp='1483803444' post='3210246'] I've just had it apart- first slackened the strings and and the trussrod was definitely rattling inside. Unfortunately tightening only reduces it, the noise couldn't be eliminated so I assume something is slack inside- but tightening certainly helped it. I've had to shim the neck and reset the action to compensate, it plays ok but the rattle is still there. I think it may be near to the end for the old girl! [/quote] Thanks for help guys, but this bass is now due to be put back home where i play least frequently. I have a case coming for my other bass which will take over the duties of the encore (i practice more at the girlfriends and more chance of going for a Jam from there), and in the meantime I may look for a squier or fender P to replace the encore eventually. Of course, I'm using this as an excuse to GAS my head off!
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    Annoying Vibration- P Bass Copy

    [quote name='Twincam' timestamp='1484483226' post='3215729'] Have you tried changing the strings? Its unlikely to be the truss rod when playing a g string in one spot but not impossible. And if it is you could maybe give it a tighten. And because it just started then some times an old or even a new string after a certain amount of playing can develop a rattle that is noticeable on a certain note. The noise sounds like its coming from anywhere but the string. Often the string is just fatigued internally or at the kink on the bridge. You taken the string on and off it got better which leads me to believe it could just be down to the string. So you could try a new set of strings and a good setup. [/quote] I'll hold my hands up- nope, I havent. The "epicentre" of the vibration was at fret 5 on the G, it could be heard on other notes going away from fret 5. Tightening the rod did make it a little better, but didn't eliminate it altogether. Tapping the neck on its back (with the neck removed from the body with no string tension) you can hear something rattling inside- very similar to when you crack the innards of a snooker cue, if you've ever experienced that! But you're quite right, it could well be the strings. I've even lost track of how long they've been on. Thanks for the idea, if i ever decide to put any more time or money into it, this is certainly worth a try cheers
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    Annoying Vibration- P Bass Copy

    Yeah I understand it has no value- don't ever plan to sell it 😉 I'll give you a shout if I decide to do a re-neck, nice one 😀
  8. [quote name='Dan_Q' timestamp='1483804157' post='3210253'] Yep there is the print out way which is by far the cheapest way if you have the kit If you'd prefer to get a tool though, I picked up a small steel rule with popular rad sizes punched out of the straight edges for only a few pounds off eBay. [/quote] Just for reference the one I got was this one: [url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Steel-Fretboard-Fingerboard-Radius-Gauge-Ruler-for-Bass-Guitar-Silver-BQLZR-/252505572362?hash=item3aca81440a:g:ovkAAOSw65FXtsGl"]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Steel-Fretboard-Fingerboard-Radius-Gauge-Ruler-for-Bass-Guitar-Silver-BQLZR-/252505572362?hash=item3aca81440a:g:ovkAAOSw65FXtsGl[/url] [quote name='essexbasscat' timestamp='1483806002' post='3210269'] A set of radius gauges is available for around £11.00, worth the cost as a set up tool [/quote] Damn i wish I'd have known- i thought they would be more expensive than that. Very handy for setting action I imagine Nice maths there, niagra
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    Annoying Vibration- P Bass Copy

    excellent, cheers rushbo i've decided that its time for a replacement bass. However i dont like things hanging around idle, so i may well either have a go at the glue repair one day or whack a good old squier neck on there, so if i fancy a play on it at any point in the future I can do cheers
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    Annoying Vibration- P Bass Copy

    [quote name='3below' timestamp='1483900450' post='3210985'] If the truss is still rattling there is a possible fix. It (from memory) is something along lines of remove 9th fret marker dot. Drill small hole that reaches truss rod. Inject runny PVA into the hole. Something like this [url="http://www.frets.com/FretsPages/Luthier/Technique/Setup/BuzzDiagnosis/TrussRod/trussrod.html"]http://www.frets.com...d/trussrod.html[/url] [/quote] Thanks man, i'll have a good read of that if i decide to put more time into it- nice one [quote name='Grangur' timestamp='1483902414' post='3211004'] Try measuring the width of the pocket. Maybe some has, or knows of a neck that would fit. [/quote] Aye good place to start, cheers its prob not worth putting the time and effort in, but i still play my first guitar often enough and that doesn't have its original neck anymore.
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    Annoying Vibration- P Bass Copy

    Cheers for the info guys, the pickup doesn't have adjustable pole pieces. Does anyone know if a squier or fender neck would fit? I'm not at all familiar with bass parts-castering! 🤔 Could be an option to consider.
  12. Hi all, I may be in the market for a Hard Case for a rickenbacker 4000. Quick initial searches seem limited to genuine Ric cases or custom made flight cases. Does anyone out there make a generic case that suits the rickenbacker 4000 series shape nicely? Thanks in advance 😀
  13. Yep there is the print out way which is by far the cheapest way if you have the kit 👍 If you'd prefer to get a tool though, I picked up a small steel rule with popular rad sizes punched out of the straight edges for only a few pounds off eBay.
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    Annoying Vibration- P Bass Copy

    [quote name='SubsonicSimpleton' timestamp='1483792554' post='3210129'] Check the machineheads and string retainer by playing the offending notes and then touching the various parts of the tuners front and back of the headstock - very common for worn or loose parts to vibrate in sympathy, especially on instruments with old cheap hardware. [/quote] Nice one yep thanks for the reply, I saw this before starting and have given it a go. Was probably only a half arsed attempt last time! Nothing serious found but a few of the machine head screws had slackened, very good point about old & cheap....... [quote name='MoonBassAlpha' timestamp='1483736792' post='3209789'] No worries, do let us know how you get on though, it all adds to the wealth of knowledge that is the Basschat repair and technical section! [/quote] No problem- and the news is, it looks like you were right 👍 I've just had it apart- first slackened the strings and and the trussrod was definitely rattling inside. Unfortunately tightening only reduces it, the noise couldn't be eliminated so I assume something is slack inside- but tightening certainly helped it. I've had to shim the neck and reset the action to compensate, it plays ok but the rattle is still there. I think it may be near to the end for the old girl! Thanks for the help guys I really appreciate it. It's copable for practice now, but I think it's time to stop flogging a dead horse and either buy a case for my other bass and use that for jamming, or just replace this one with a Mexican P bass or something. Sad, but excited for a new purchase in the coming months. 👍
  15. Dan_Q

    Re- Introduction

    Thanks Marc 😀 Well thank you very much! But I do sometimes feel it 😉 Just been looking through some pics, are we gear pic hungry here? This is the rig I set up (amp is rented) at the last jam I was at
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