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  1. 2 hours ago, Jabba_the_gut said:

    I’ve had exactly the same thoughts with short scale basses in order to have a greater string choice!! 
    I was thinking of this with the very short scale basses I’ve made (27”) in order to use standard short scale strings. I didn’t find an off the shelf bridge that suited what I wanted so the idea went on hold as I don’t have time to make a custom bridge at present.

    Be interested to see where this goes!




    I was thinking something like the Warwick bridge,  maybe set into  body,  would work. I think it would need to be set low so nice smooth curve would be maintained. Fortunately,  I  like rounded basses,  and  these things may inform the design. I  also love Jabba bass designs, so feel free to incorporate in the near future 😀 😃 

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  2. I'd like to rinse some ideas through the hive washing machine that is the build diary massive (err, I think I  mean you regulars)

    I'm  a small fellow and my concept is a small bodied  short scale 24 fret bass with good upper fret access.

    My  main novel (?) concept is to have the bridge as near the body edge as possible,  anchoring the strings on the underside and gently curving round the body (possibly in shallow grooves?)

    The 2 benefits,  as I see them are getting the bridge piece as far South as possible and if the geometry is correct,  being able to use the far greater choice of long-scale strings. 

    I  welcome your thoughts,  and hope I've got the idea across 😀

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  3. On 16/11/2021 at 23:25, whave said:

    Getting there! Black Schaller machine heads, EMG Geezer Butlers, black screws, black knobs, black tapes, now I need a black bridge... :) 


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    I've got the  black bridge off my Mustang bass if you're interested,  if you aren't already sorted. It's just the standard bbot  Fender fare,  or are you going for something nicer. Almost unused. 

  4. Thanks for the input folks. I got to play his bass yesterday and was blown away how well it played with no setup. I  would have further fettled it to my taste,  but  he has a lot heavier touch than me. It was a flying visit, so I didn't get the chance to remove the scratchplate though 😞

  5. 3 hours ago, barrycreed said:

    I have one of these on the way from Tides guitars (TTTides officially), but it'll take a year to be finished. It's going to be 30" scale, pickups will be single coil in thunderbird housing and moved closer to the neck, with a series/parallel switch, and will either be a wood body or composite wood. It will be neck through. Can't wait!


    This is what the pickup positioning should look like.


    Tasty, I've always loved the design of the Travis Beans 

  6. 9 hours ago, yorks5stringer said:

    I'd carefully check the screw holes and see how they match up with a generic one. You could get one made but that's probably not economically viable on a £150 Bass. Equally a cheapo generic is not a huge outlay. The other issue may be the heel of the neck shape which may differ on the J&D to a generic one, you may need to do a little filing.


    Cheapest way is to buy a piece of Tort and make your own using the existing plate as a template but you need a few tools and some time.....

    Out of interest,  would it be usable without a plate, or do they have ugly routing holes/trenches?

  7. Hi All 

    My mate has just got a sunburst fretless,  has anyone changed  the scratchplate on theirs? We both agree that tort would look better than the white it comes with. Is a generic jazz plate likely to fit? Cheers 

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