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blablas

de afwerking mk6-6s & mk6-g6 - blablas is doing a double build

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The building urge is here again. :)
I'm going to endeavor on a double build and a new body design.

This will be the mk6 series and will be inspired on the Ovation Deacon body shape.


The plan is a lefty shortscale 6 string, basically a bass VI with a more bass player friendly string spacing, this one will be for myself.
The second one will be a right-handed guitar for a family member who's building me a tube preamp.

I still need to work out the design for them but I know where I'd like to go with it.

Right now I'm making an inventory for the needed parts and will soon start ordering them.
also bought the first chunks of wood for the fingerboards and bodies.

Jatobe and chestnut.

Edited by blablas

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Good choice with the Chestnut. On a whim I bought a couple of boards of Spanish Chestnut and have found it to make excellent body wood. Slightly darker than Ash but sounds like Swamp Ash and is even lighter, plus it's very stable once dried property. A real bonus is that it's sustainable because it's a by product of the Spanish Sweet Chestnut farming industry....

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Finally done something with the design of the body today.
It's not fully there yet but gives an indication where I want to go, I've had it for now and I'm first going to let sink in what I've got at the moment.

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Looks fab, but will it balance on a strap? Looks like it could be neck heavy?

Looking forward to the build, looks cool....

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I think it will. It will be a short scale bass and a guitar so not a very long neck that sticks out, there's a lot more wood (weight) at the bridge end than with a traditional style body.

And if it doesn't, too bad, most of the time I play sitting down anyway.

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Refined the body shape and now it's to my liking. Also designed the headstock.

Now it's waiting for the wishes from the customer for further designing of the guitar version.

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maybe a bit of Parker-inspiration in the headstock, interested to see how this turns out :)

from looking at this a bit more, I think the body shape could also work as a "headless" instrument!

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I prefer to call it influence. ;)
I was sort of thinking of the Parker headstock but tried to do my own thing, afterwards I did a search and luckily mine looks seriously different from the Parker ones.


Parker


Mine

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[quote name='roman_sub' timestamp='1452685932' post='2952346']from looking at this a bit more, I think the body shape could also work as a "headless" instrument!
[/quote]
It sure does but I don't want to go headless due to the very limited choice in hardware and high pricing of what's available. I could make the stuff myself (been there, done that) but that's a serious amount of extra work I'm not looking for.

The 'been there, done that' bass. ;)

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Did some refining of the headstock design.

Placed the tuners closer together and added a lower wing to the headstock, looks more balanced to me now and now it can be put in a guitar hanger, given the body shape it probably won't fit a guitar stand.

Edited by blablas

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The new headstock attached to the rest.

This is it, happy!
Bass template is done, still the guitar to go. Edited by blablas

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A lot.... but somehow that's always one or two short. :dash1:


[size=1]Currently: 42 (plus one on it's way from China at the moment)[/size]

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Ordered the Pickups for the bass, Delano JSBC 6 HE.
Controls will be passive - stacked ala 62 Jazz Bass. Simplicity itself.

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[quote name='blablas' timestamp='1452786548' post='2953516']
Did some refining of the headstock design.

Placed the tuners closer together and added a lower wing to the headstock, looks more balanced to me now and now it can be put in a guitar hanger, given the body shape it probably won't fit a guitar stand.
[/quote]

Yes - like this a lot more. Love the 'been there, done that' headless, by the way... :)

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