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  1. Very nice, really reminds of the blue 4001 I owned 1980 to 1989 . I think the narrow the inlays have more finesse than the full width ones.
  2. I have two 'bought' fretless basses and one self made. All have the dots where the lines are (or would be for two of them). The different dot positions do not seem to cause me any difficulty going from fretted to fretless.
  3. The baritone? switch on the EB2 I owned in my youth gave quite a significant bass cut effect. The EB3 in this thread is (Imo) just about the prime period, the mid located pickup hopefully tightening up the 'mud'. A very desirable bass.
  4. The John Birch hyperflux pickup. Allows the pickups to work with different string spacings (bass or guitar) and be adjustable. The JB SG bass I owned in the early 80s had two of them, black, maple neck. It also had some fiendish electronics that I never got to grips with. Had JB convert it back to regular type wiring (they were based in Bromsgrove at that time). The bridge was the same, quite a clever two post design. A well made bass but real bad neck diver
  5. Sometimes called princess tree, empress tree, or foxglove-tree. Apparently native to central and western China and an invasive species in the USA. Also found in Europe including UK. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulownia_tomentosa#Europe. I knew it was called empress - used in some G&ls under that name. Possible sources: https://www.ipaulownia.com/en/ (appear to have body blanks (out of stock) and 2 part body timbers) https://www.fyneboatkits.co.uk/supplies/wood/paulownia/ (they appear to do large boards - see bottom of page)
  6. To my take, the ultimate anti twist and relief solution would be two truss rods (I could be totally wrong). Whether this is necessary rather depends on the tensions of the different strings. Choice of woods is almost a religious matter, balsa is probably unsuitable Something hard and wear resistant for the fretboard. Ebony, Katalox, Ipe spring to mind or one of the synthetic / semi synthetic alternatives- rocklite, richlite.
  7. As fitted to all but one of my far too many basses. Longest life so far, 11 years on a regularly used bass :). Long way to go to match the Rotosound trubass strings that did 40+ years on my Eko acoustic bass bought in 1980.
  8. Cylindrical rods will have a tendency to rotate and twist the string as the tension increases. Print cylinders with some flats on the sides so the rotation is stopped by the neighbour.
  9. I bought one of those from a BC member. The wood is really good and lightweight. The fit of the cavity to pickguard screws required work. The finish is ok, at some point I may sand it back and improve the body contours, they are a little crude. I also had to widen the neck pocket.
  10. There are cheapy multimeters that will do inductance, capacitance and resistance LCR, (often do transistor / diode testing as well), they are pretty good value.
  11. The very reason why I build with bolt on necks. It allows me to cover up my lack of skills at your level The build advantage of through necks in this respect is also obvious. Quite why they could not build basses accurately within the desired time/cost constraints in that era is a mystery (or cynically because they could get away with it and did not care). On my 2014 SG bass (surely cnc machined?) it should be an absolute doddle and is really inexcusable. The 'box of bridges' is a classic bodge, reminiscent of British Leyland cars. More time rectifying a car at the end of production than Toyota etc spent building one I seem to remember.
  12. 7mm of bone under the string is (probably) more than that under F style and some acoustic bass bridges. No idea why Gibson would fit bone, I can just imagine the amount of breakages when trying to thread it. I believe they also had a spell of fitting nylon saddles to the 3 point bridge. After the correct neck - bridge alignment is achieved, another issue that may crop up is neck pickup alignment. I ended up rotating mine, with the polepieces further away from the bridge, resulting in a reasonably ok alignment. No real discernible tone difference to my untrained ears, instant Andy Fraser/Jack Bruce is readily available.
  13. It is good to see that the neck/bridge alignment is a 'traditional thing' and has carried on from EB0/3 into the later SG bass. The alignment issue is the same (though much more extreme) that my bass has. I can't visualise a solution other than plug and remount the bridge mounting post screws. This then creates the problem of hiding the affected area (Easy with a Hipshot bridge since it will cover it over). @bertbass Interesting insightful observation
  14. A much improved design over the bar/rod with holes extender, avoids the ball ends contacting the body issue. The bridge alignment on my SG bass is less than perfect, if I had not fitted a Hipshot (with sufficient lateral adjustment) it would have ended up being a plug and re-position the posts job. On the plus side the quality of the fretwork is very good, only bettered by the Jon Shuker board I have on a bass he repaired.
  15. I encountered exactly the same problem with my SG bass (same bridge design defect all these years later). I made a 10mm (from memory) aluminium rod spacer. I seem to remember needing to take care with the ball ends and body contact due to the extension back, hole angles and height. It worked perfectly well. Bass now has a Hipshot which is just fine.
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