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de afwerking mk3-6 - A build diary.

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Sawed the neck to thickness and finally could get a go at doing my favorite part of bass building: The volute.
[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/qdwuKpc.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/Yy4UpBc.jpg[/IMG]
Still in a bit of a rough shape though, further refining will come once I start final shaping of the complete back of the neck.

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[quote name='blablas' timestamp='1379181321' post='2209609']
It's only a matter of taking away the material you don't want. ;)
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Ah! You mean remove anything that doesn't look like an elephant, right? That's how they make statues of elephants at any rate, so I thought maybe there was something similar going on here. :D

Anyway, amazing, amazing work!

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The same principle, the thing you want is already in there, all you need to do is expose it. B)

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How the back will look once the neck is attached to the body.
It's not yet glued in here, I still need to finish the back of the body and crown and polish the frets. Edited by blablas

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[quote name='blablas' timestamp='1379188585' post='2209714']
The same principle, the thing you want is already in there, all you need to do is expose it. B)
[/quote]

That was Michelangelo's philosophy concerning stone.

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Crowning and polishing the frets.
The ones with tape are already done, the ones without not. Edited by blablas

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A few close-ups of the fretwork (someone asked for them on a [url="http://www.basgitaarforum.nl/index.php"]Dutch forum[/url], might as well place them here to).
[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/tBI5IiO.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/RyDKR3A.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/R8saHXo.jpg[/IMG]

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The final routing is done, made the hole for the battery box in the access cover. Edited by blablas

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Finished sanding the back of the neck and the headstock.
[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/j6j9S2E.jpg[/IMG]
Before I did that I decided to modify the neck profile a little bit, it's slightly asymmetrical now.

Also put on a layer of Danish oil (except for the still to glue neck heel), now it won't get dirty any more, and I was just curious how it was going to look.
[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/I7cx1Dx.jpg[/IMG]

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The neck is glued in the body.




The end of this build is coming in sight, I still need to drill some holes and after that give it a final sanding session and then I can start the oiling.

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I've already drilled most of the holes, the last ones will be done during assembly.
Tomorrow I'm going to do the final sanding and start with the oiling which probably will take all week, and hopefully next weekend the final assembling can begin.

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It's only a final touch up, I was already at grain 400 before gluing the neck, after that I'm going up to grain 600, that's smooth enough for a Danish oil finish.

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[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/bDZS1SD.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/qLk7CXB.jpg[/IMG]
Ready to be oiled.

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One thing I'm curious about with semi-hollow instruments is that how you get all the electronics into the cavities and joined up. You've created a fairly big compartment for the leccy stuff, but I'd still apprecaite descriptions of how you get all your wires from A to B.

Edit: Having thought a bit about the shape of your bass, it does look like it will be easy to wire up. It's a bit more the ES335 and similar shapes that look a bit fiddly to wire up to me.

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