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Rexel Matador

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  • Birthday 10/07/1981

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  1. I didn't realise that picture was so blurry when I uploaded it on my phone. Poor focus hides a multitude of sins. I'll put some better pics up in due course. Even in these conditions you can see the apparently unsandable scorch mark on the edge of the headstock. Hopefully my next build will be free of such things.
  2. Frets are on and the first coat of oil is drying
  3. I love how subtly defensive this is - trying to appeal to the budding bass player's nagging inferiority complex 🤣
  4. I've done it with a coping saw but you have to be careful as the material can crack and that's utterly soul destroying! Use a nice sharp blade and proceed with caution - it should be fine. In my (admittedly limited) experience, it is a fair bit easier with a jigsaw.
  5. Just spent the entire evening making this barely visible scratchplate. Was going to give up after cracking the second attempt, but then I realised I'd already made a couple of the screw holes. I'm glad I persevered though, I think it adds something.
  6. Basic shaping is pretty much done. If anyone needs me, I'll probably be sanding
  7. Well, it's been a while, but the wonky wonder is still under construction. Fretboard is on and I've started shaping the body.
  8. I'm unconvinced re shielding paint. I tried it and it didn't seem to work as well as another one I did just using foil from the kitchen. Maybe I didn't use enough though.
  9. And if I have a separate control cavity, unlike the picture above, should the shielding of that be connected by a wire to the shielding in the pickup cavity? I think this is the case, but I just wanted to check if I've understood correctly!
  10. My question is whether the partial shielding actually has an effect, or is it not worth doing?
  11. On a bass with a P pickup set directly into the top (no scratchplate) does shielding the cavity actually have an effect? My understanding is that cavity shielding should create a closed faraday cage, which would not be the case here. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance!
  12. TSOL gradually shed all their original members, who eventually reformed and got sued by the new line-up when they tried to tour under the name! Also I saw "Guns 'n' Roses" at the Leeds Festival in 2002 when it was just Axl, Buckethead et al. Against all the odds, it was brilliant.
  13. As a relative novice myself, I have actually found that power tools are much scarier than using hand tools. As long as you learn how to get them good and sharp, carving with chisels is not as hard as you might think. Just a thought, and it all depends on what's appropriate for your needs, but my point is, based on my experience, I wouldn't rule out hand tools based on the idea that it's harder than using power tools. Also making shavings is so much more pleasant than making dust!
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