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So this bass the guy who owned it said the neck he pulled off it was a 78 Fender, body had a crack and he didn’t know what to do so I managed to get it for postage cost only - I have no idea what it is, but at that price, who cares?!

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Looks like grandma’s furniture

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dowel drilled, glued and clamped

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sanded back and a bit of torching to bring out the grain

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cherry neck with birds eye maple board to finish

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Talk about jumping in with a splash!  That's a pair of eye catching rescues to start off with.  Respect.

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Thanks for your kind words.

In my mind it was a no brainer - the bodies were so cheap that if I messed it up it meant nothing and I can use them for firewood!

Still might have to, electronics next.

Planned for this is a Creamery ‘58 pick up with Tonestyler 

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Like a numpty forgot to order pick up screws so the final bit i’ll Have to wait for.

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Very nice!! And a complete contrast from what you started with. 

Anyway, you don’t have time to read posts on here, you need to get that jazz bass done...😁

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Ha!!!

defo can’t do that one due to lack or screws, but may we’ll drill the holes and fit the pots

 

but yes

Sorry master Jabba, your padawan is wasting time

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5 hours ago, Cuzzie said:

Like a numpty forgot to order pick up screws so the final bit i’ll Have to wait for.

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I'm glad to hear that you aren't using whatever screws come to hand.  It's so easy to get let down by poorly made screws.  Sometimes it can ruin an otherwise "perfect" build to have to drill out sheared screws or replace chewed up screwheads.

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As it happens - I found some proper ones - could be game on tonight if the kids go to bed!

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It's a school night remember and Mama Don't Allow no Bass in this Place.

 

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And Shipwreck lives!!!!!

Just need to sort the action out - the creamery 58 pick ups and tonestyler are a brilliant combination - very happy chappy.

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a friend donated these to me - would be rude not to pop them on.....

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I love that antique-y battered-then-refinished look!  I still have plans to build a Jaguar that finish on the body.  Nice work!

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Thanks my man

Blow torch and Napier London Gun stock finish from Amazon - that’s it.

I did about 4 coats till the wood stopped drinking it and the last coat was a little tacky, then I wiped that in.

Kept it very matt

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13 hours ago, Cuzzie said:

Thanks my man

Blow torch and Napier London Gun stock finish from Amazon - that’s it.

I did about 4 coats till the wood stopped drinking it and the last coat was a little tacky, then I wiped that in.

Kept it very matt

Don't put those chrome pickup and bridge covers on - they are jazz bass covers, not P bass covers.

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Ok Cheers

I was aware they were Jazz, but i’ll See what they look like before drilling.

May do one, may do 2, May do none!

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32 minutes ago, Cuzzie said:

@hooky_lowdown you win - tugbar only!

Less is more mate. Bass looks a winner.

Where are you putting your tugbar, I'm guessing in the original (50s) position as you used the term tugbar, instead of the 70s thumb rest position?

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Agreed, and thanks - less is more.

Had a run out tonight with the band - did what it should do easily, sounded great and played well. I will probably shim the neck to get the action down (although I am not frequently atvthe Dusty end) it only needs a couple mm’s and then it’s done.

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