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  1. Thanks for the feedback and the congratulations. Caleb passed his hearing test today so it's a steady diet of chin-stroking music for him from now on. I've had a day or so of the bass looking more assembled, and to quote King Crimson's 'Indiscipline', "The more I look at it, the more I like it", despite my reaction to the colour yesterday. I made the mistake of flicking through Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass and I think that made me want to do every other colour other than the one I'd chosen. I also keep thinking how cool it would look with all-black hardware, but one of the points of the build was to transfer the parts from the original Maya and keep costs down, so that's not happening for now, if ever. Eagle-eyed readers might note that I forgot to drill a hole for the ground wire to go to the bridge, so I'm debating on whether or not to try and do that now the finish is on and done, or whether to run a strip of metal from the bridge to the pickup cavity as per the 60's Jazz basses. If you're not sure what I mean, it's on page 11 of this thread (which is a goldmine of bass building info. if you've not seen it already). https://www.tdpri.com/threads/1960-jazzbass-build.169606/page-11 I saved a beer can from last weekend's Zoom pub quiz, but have no tin snips so I'm thinking about a good way to cut and shape the aluminium. I'll check the diameter of the tuner bushings, and if I need to order another drill bit, then I'll just get some tin snips too. I'm also still waiting for my nut blanks to arrive. Annoyingly, I ordered some months ago and now can't find them, so had to order a fresh batch. At least that's the last bit of hardware I need. My second choice was Ford Highland Green, but the band around the top of the spray can in the shop looked like a really anemic pistachio colour rather than what I'd seen on Google images, so I discounted it. I mean, look at this slice of fried gold.
  2. My wife successfully popped out our first baby, Caleb (named in part after the late Caleb Scofield of Cave In), hence the lack of updates/sleep. I've been spraying the bass while they were either out on walks or upstairs so the fumes wouldn't reach them and so the house would have a good amount of time to air out, so it took a week plus to get a total of 5 coats on there. Here she is after 48 hours drying time on the final coat. The clear coat was more satin than I expected. I also realised that it's the exact same colour as the Ford Fiesta that was my second car. I had a few regrets on the colour, wishing I'd gone for something like Frost Gold, or Burgundy Mist Metallic, or left it as bare wood and just finished it with tru oil. Too late now. I still like it, but it's the same as a car I used to barely tolerate and was glad to see the back of after it could have potentially killed me*. Anyway, using copper tape, I shielded the pickup and control cavities and that was about it for today. However, I couldn't resist a quick test fit of everything to see how it was all looking. The masking tape took some of the paint off around the bridge pickup, and the fit on the scratchplate around the bridge pickup isn't good. The holes for the pickup wires aren't quite wide enough so I need to either file the holes or just go back and forth with the long drill bit to widen them a little. Once that's done, I need to sort out the nut slot and the nut, drill the holes for the tuners, finish the headstock somehow (no more purple paint so no matching headstock sadly; it'll probably be tru oil). Once that's done, I'll see if the thick fretboard is an issue and needs lowering. It's been radiused and will need flattening, but we can see after that what the deal is. Then wiring up, stringing and hopefully done! *the brakes failed while I was driving. Thankfully, I was on a motorway slip road with a pretty steep gradient upwards, and it was about 2am with very few other cars around, so I just kind of rolled up the hill to a stop. Had I stopped at the services for a toilet break like I was considering, it could have been much, much worse.
  3. Nothing to add but another "that looks great!" Nice work.
  4. Ooh, maybe a finger ramp for my fretless... I'll message you later!
  5. Unfollowing this thread, your bass already makes mine look like it was put together by a blindfolded golden retriever 😬
  6. Is it just me who loves their router? With a good template, they're fantastic! Nice and fast at getting jobs done.
  7. I have a homemade template for the body and a paid-for one for the neck, I was mainly held up by lacking the proper skills and jigs for certain jobs as it's my first home build. Also, I have a hard time concentrating sometimes which is a bad mix with power tools, so there have been long stretches where I've not made any progress. I'm making a Jazz too, there's a build thread here.
  8. Post #1 and you're at the same point I'm at, having been at my build since February 😄 Looks fantastic!
  9. I first saw it on Spectre Sound Studios Youtube page where Glen doubled the bass track, and then applied a horrendous distortion sound to a very narrow frequency range before sweeping it to find what worked best. Presumably it's one of those tricks that works great in a mix but doesn't always sound very musical on it's own. I guess once you notice it, you can't unhear it and it might start to grate, like how I get annoyed with pop music where everything but the vocals gets compressed into oblivion once the vocals come in and the band sounds like it's been relegated to in another room.
  10. Thanks, that explains a lot! Why the stain was so bad, and why the painting is going so well (hopefully that hasn't jinxed it). If I weren't trying to keep costs down so much, I'd get black hardware rather than have all the plastic parts black and the metal parts chrome. As it is, I'm just trasnporting all the hardware from the old bass to the new one bar the bridge, which is a £5 job from Facebook Marketplace. There was a Shuker bass on here years ago that was orange with black hardware, but I can't seem to find it. If you remember it, that would be the look I would go for. Edit - Found a picture of it, or one very similar anyway.
  11. I have a black plate from the old bass, but it's not well cut around the pickup so I'll see if I can live with it. What would you go for out of interest?
  12. So the paint primer was left for 24 hours, given a quick rub with 400 grit paper, and 2 more coats applied with a 15 minute gap between each. After waiting another 24 hours, I rubbed the paint down again with 600 grit paper, wiped the whole thing down with white spirit and once dried, put 2 coats of the final colour on, again waiting 15 minutes between sprays. It's a purple metallic paint, Ford Purple Velvet. My second choice would have been Ford Highland Green (check out the fit 1968 Ford Mustang on Google Images when you look up the colour 😍). I'll do the same process again tomorrow. I'm getting all my spraying instructions from a Youtuber called Brad Angrove if anyone is curious on the reasoning behind my methods.
  13. It was. The difference between the test piece and the bass was night and day. No idea what caused the difference. Maybe, that would partially explain the blotchy finish but I feel like the worst of it was just my inability to apply it correctly. Anyway, I made the trip to Halfords and picked up 3 spray cans along with the baby car seat; grey primer, my colour of choice and some clear lacquer. My makeshift spray booth was, shall we say "rustic". Close to the airbricks that ventilate the cellar and with an old guitar box to catch the paint where I missed the body. First up, the grey primer. Coat 1! Leave for 15 minutes, and.... Coat 2! Taken left handed, hence the blur. Pretty even finish for a newbie. A few drips here and there but mostly OK. It's just a case of balancing distance from the body with the speed of the pass to get a decent coverage without flooding it. I'll leave it 24 hours, sand it lightly with some 320 grit and then see how it looks. If it needs another coat of primer, it'll get one. If not, then onto the colour. Which is a surprise for now. Baby is due on Thursday so we'll see if the bass is done before he arrives.
  14. The situation did not improve with more stain. It's clearly beyond my skills/levels of patience at this point. I'll be looking into other options while I wait for my collection notification.
  15. Thanks Andy. The Navy is all gone and there's maybe 1/3 of a bottle of pink and purple left. I'll head to the cellar to give it another coat and see if the colour deepens at all, or bursts a little better while I wait for the email that says my Halfords order is ready to pick up.
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