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Rexel Matador

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  • Birthday 10/07/1981

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  1. They did, it seems fine! Very comfortable too 🙂
  2. Still missing a jack plate, but otherwise it's done. The neck seems fine - just a little truss rod tweak and all is well. The bridge placement worked a treat as well. I put the B string one a little bit further back than the measurements suggested and lined the others up accordingly, and all the strings intonate well inside the saddles' scope of travel. The flame on the side of the fretboard looks particularly nice. I'll get better pics when the jack is sorted. Maybe even a demo - build diaries never usually seem to cover what the thing actually sounds like!
  3. I put a Wilkinson one in one of my builds and it sounds lovely.
  4. Forgive the background. I'm pretty happy with the way this is turning out. There are a few things still to do. The stupid EMG jack didn't fit into the jack plate I planned on using (it's a threaded one, so it's not just a case of widening the hole, so I either need to get a different jack or a different plate. One possibility is to make one from the same material as the scratchplate and control plate, which could be a nice touch. I'm still waiting for the neck ferrules and screws to arrive because I somehow managed to forget about them when I was first sourcing the hardware for this, but as it has the extra screws under the scratchplate, I was at least able to attach the neck just for the sake of seeing how it looks... ...and also checking the balance, which is perfect 😀, due, I assume, to a combination of factors all absent on my last build: long upper horn, small headstock, body shape that allows the bridge end strap button to be positioned quite high. I managed to file the saddles to accommodate the heavy strings, which is good. I lost a bit of the black coating along the way, but that was to be expected. I could paint them but I'm not really bothered. This bass will be gigged (if that's still a thing in the future!) so I'm sure it'll be all kinds of relic'd before too long. I also have a much bigger volume knob on order, so I'm going to try them both and see which I prefer aesthetically. I've roughed out the nut but need to level the frets before finishing it. Then I'll add the string retainer and we're good to go.
  5. Yes, perhaps a little bendier than others. I may well be wrong - I'm looking forward to getting it strung up anyway.
  6. That's a great question, because I realise, now you've asked, that it's still more of a feeling than anything concrete. Seems ok today. I've left it quite chunky so it'll probably be fine.
  7. In other news, I've started oiling the body and neck. That they will pretty much exactly match my kitchen table is a happy accident. As I rather suspected all along but didn't want to admit to myself, cherry isn't really robust enough for a bass neck, but I've come this far so I'll see how it goes. It's not all sappy and knotty like the body, at least. In any case, it's a bolt-on so I can make another one somewhere down the line, maybe with a nice dark fretboard. I could even swap them out depending on my mood 😂
  8. Thanks - I figured it would be a negligible effect or I would have found more online about it. It did find a close up image of a Dingwall where the nut is sort of rounded over, which might be an idea. The lowest string will be a .130, so I might try something for that one, at least. If I mess it up it's an easy enough part to replace.
  9. This just occurred to me last night and I can't believe I didn't think of it before. Below is a diagram of a string passing the nut on a multiscale bass (headstock on the right). The red arrow is where the string technically "ends" according to it's trajectory along the scale length, but the green arrow is the last point where it touches the nut. It seems to me that this in theory would produce either intonation problems, a poorly defined open string note, or both. What is normally done in this situation? Does the nut placement have to be compensated back slightly towards the headstock to account for it? Or are the slots shaped in such away to allow the strings to exit the nut at the correct point? Or does it not matter? Looking at pictures of other multiscale basses, I can't see anything obvious, but I'm thinking now that maybe I need to move my nut slot - not impossible, but it won't be pretty! Any input would be much appreciated.
  10. I'm currently working on number 5
  11. I've never taken a class (unless you count watching endless hours of youtube videos on the subject) but I can certainly recommend building your own bass. It's highly addictive though! I think the things I would check are: - The luthier's work. Do they have a website where you can check out the basses they build? Maybe a youtube channel where you can see them at work and take a look at their workshop? - What is provided in the cost of the course. Do they provide the wood, hardware, pickups etc, or are you expected to bring your own? If you need to pay for all that stuff on top of the cost of the course, it would be good to know beforehand, because it can add up. If they look like they know what they're doing and the price is right, I say do it!
  12. I was reading about Motown and The Funk Brothers and apparently one of their bassists was called Tweed Beard. There is literally no information online about this person except for that they were a Motown bass player at some point. It's really bothering me because the name is weirdly fascinating. Was it a real name or a pseudonym. Does anyone know? If not I'm going to write a novel about an obnoxious 2010s hipster who finds a time machine and goes to 1960s Detroit to play bass on Motown recording sessions.
  13. Absolutely. There are many hugely popular design choices out there that I find bewildering. Horses for courses.
  14. It was once stolen and left in a ditch. Also he supposedly had unusually acidic sweat. Both probably contributed. Incidentally the worst relic job, if you can even call it that, I've ever seen, is the Rory Gallagher custom shop strat where it looks like they've just masked off and applied finish in the appropriate areas, rather than finishing the whole thing and then sanding it off. Only three grand to you sir.
  15. Noted. It should be interesting if I can pull it off.
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