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  1. There are a lot of beautiful native timbers out there but they just aren't available commercially. Apple, pear, plum, damson , also quite a few garden trees such as laburnum. I used to make blowy instruments out of some of them in a former life.
  2. Yes it's oak. Most pianos are poplar with various veneers, I had a panel from one that was oak with veneer , it will make about 8 fretboards. Bryan May used oak so I'm in good company.
  3. I did some fretting in the garden today... Fretting in progress Frets in but untrimmed. (and for some reason this is underlined) All trimmed and cleaned up.
  4. The P bass will be called Joanna (I want to keep the tele and that name has certain associations for me!)
  5. More pics... trial fitting of the machine heads, I've also oiled the poplar wood on the face of the headstock with linseed and it's given it pleasing colour. Headstock from the back, I'll keep the veneer on this bit . In order to test out a few tools , techniques, ideas, etc and use up a few spare parts and end up with an interesting bitsa I'm also working on this: Bitsa body with contours and staining on the carved areas to blend withe the veneer. T800 neck with dots made from ebony from the black keys.
  6. Most people think that's a French horn on "Overture" but we know otherwise...
  7. I like the song even more now I know that the first line of the second verse is "I didn't believe she was devil's sperm "
  8. The Suit , the hair, the boots, the voice...(he plays bass too)
  9. The Total Watts bit on my profile now says "69 Excellent" which isn't in the least bit funny.

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    2. Dom in Somerset

      Dom in Somerset



    3. Soledad


      well that worked then :) On 78 now. Is 78 actually physically possible?

      Like the school report by the way. 'Shameful waste of ... what we all ask: talent?, teacher's time?, a life? 

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  10. I've sold a few bitsas and basses built from parts before, this is my first complete build. I have refretted guitars and basses and build a fretless bass from scratch so I've done all the processes but not all on the same instrument.
  11. That would be a logical assumption ... most pianos seem to be made of poplar which isn't particularly hard which is one of the reasons I'm going for a short scale (lower tension on the neck) I may have to use maple for a neck if I try a 34" scale. The pianos I'm using are generally pre 1930.
  12. It would be impossible to say but I don't think it would make any difference.
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