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Turning a Harley benton PB-Shorty into a JB-Shorty.

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I just used the standard pots that were in there (the volume pot from two different PB-Shorty's) and used a [color=#141414]220k resistor.[/color]
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A bit bored waiting for the next PB-Shorty that should be delivered today...
To kill some time made and edited a picture of the things that are already prepared for this one.
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Not sure yet which pickguard ring I'm going to use for the bridge position, for the time being I'm using the black one.

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... 20 Minutes after my previous post.
Delivered.
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Aligned the tuners (and removed the stickers).
Before:
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after:
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No filling and drilling, there was just enough space to move the tuners around in a aligned position after loosening the screws.

Routed the cavities for the pickups in the body.
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I took a peek at the link in your signature blablas and I must say, this beast is a beauty! http://home.online.nl/blablas/bass/mk4/mk4-4++%20details.html - I'm just reading your build diary now :)

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Drilled the hole for the sidejack....
And with doing that created a serious repair job for myself. :dash1:
While the drill-bit was coming through a big chunk of wood broke out on the topside, luckily it was a clean break on the woodgrain, repaired it almost invisible, you can still see some very thin lines where the breakout was - these lines are primarily how the light breaks on the thick polyurethane top-coating, I cant feel them.

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After this repair I mounted the bridge and neck to check how the pickups aligned with the strings... judge for yourself. :)

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Shielded the controls cavity.
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This should be enough, the pickups are fully shielded constructed and will be connected with a shielded cable.

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Harley Benton RiB-shorty project is done.
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Detail pictures:
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This was a smooth and simple conversion, only minor setback was the breaking out if the chunk of wood while drilling the hole for the sidejack.

Verdict:
This one was the best made HB instrument I've had in my hands until now. Nice tight(ish) fitting neck/neck-pocket, frets are level and there are no sharp fret ends, only two tuners were a little bit misaligned that were fixable without any 'filling and drilling'. I replaced one bridge saddle due to the fact that the height adjustment screws were not at an straight angle to the intonation screw (the original one worked okay but I don't like these small disturbing details).
I also placed a neck shim, this was not necessary but I prefer to have the strings a little bit higher in the bridge position.

These Chinese toasters sound amazingly Rick-ish, even though they are dual coils (in series), the round rolling sound with a bite, the only minus is that they are slightly microphonic.

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Just bought one of these for my boy who is a lefty, I'm pleased with it for the buttons I paid.

I've just stripped it down as a mate is respraying it blue and getting a pickguard with some football team or player of some significance on it...

Tempted to get a full size and go a bit mad on it...

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On 1/23/2015 at 13:38, blablas said:

The promised pictures.

Full frontal portrait:
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details:
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It was a fun little project to do, the end result is exactly what I had in mind, sound wise and looks wise.

 

I love it! :)

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