Jump to content
Left leaderboard
Joebethell

Zoot refurbishment by Mike

Recommended Posts

It's that time, 

I made a decision before christmas a bass I used to own appeared in the sales section I talked myself out of buying it back! I dont need it. I sold it while ago for a few reasons I didn't need the 5th string since I wasnt gigging. It played great but I dont get on with active basses! The band I starting practicing with had different goals so the gigging didn't happen etc...etc.. So as logic dictates I stuck an offer in and its mine again. 

Now I didn't just purchase with the usual GAS I had put the feelers out to Mike at zoot about the possibility of working the bass into something special and it was positive enough for me to jump in. 

It's not going to be a quick process I need to raise some funds and another project will be worked on and sold to justify the purchase/work. 

So first up I need to do some fiddling on a DeArmond starfire I took in part exchange a while ago, the bass has been modded with pickups and they are a little close to the strings. Tomorrow I plan to lower them to get it playing better. 

 

Stay tuned 

20191121_191451.jpg

So I started with the starfire today the plastic spacers the bass that were on the bass when I purchased it had been hacked at as you can see in the pictures. 

So a new set were purchased and j have been sanding them thinner to try and get a better position! It's slow work as I dont want to ruin them progress has been made and I will come back to it. 

This has also given me the chance to look at the pickups which should be Fred Hammon Darkstar pickups but I'm yet to find any markings 

20200201_095203.jpg

20200201_143052.jpg

20200201_143100.jpg

20200201_143039.jpg

20200201_095345.jpg

Edited by Joebethell
Update on progress
  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not had much time to continue with the lowering of the surrounds but hoping to get in the shed this week. 

Need to get the bridge pickup at least a couple of mil lower 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
11 hours ago, Reggaebass said:

Are the surrounds plastic?

Hi yes they are plastic but a real pain to sand down. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12 minutes ago, Joebethell said:

Hi yes they are plastic but a real pain to sand down. 

Yeah I did a similar thing a long time ago , and I used an electric palm sander , it took a while but I got there in the end, good luck 🙂

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

Still not got round to final height adjustments on the pickup surrounds but I have encounter another small problem I was looking to replace the switch tip on the pickup selector but dont appear to be able to find one with a thread that works. I have tried a couple now and can only find 3mm as the smallest size which is still to large for the thread on the switch.

Edited by Joebethell
Spelling

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just leave these here Mike has made a start and exciting things are happening. 

Just took a band saw to my bass which is prep for the future fun! FB_IMG_1583782097023.thumb.jpg.151ee0bbdaf4c55c52b52a4972343557.jpg

FB_IMG_1583782071405.jpg

FB_IMG_1583782082719.jpg

FB_IMG_1583782089820.jpg

FB_IMG_1583782093467.jpg

FB_IMG_1583782100107.jpg

FB_IMG_1583782103354.jpg

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

OK. You have snared me in. Is it chambering? Is it just slicing a chunk off?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
16 hours ago, owen said:

OK. You have snared me in. Is it chambering? Is it just slicing a chunk off?

Cutting back the body to have a new top which then can have new hardware,correct placement and size for the new pickups also filling the battery compartment on the back as wont be needing it.

I think mike has a few plans up his sleeves also so watch this space

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Bit more progress from Mike he has been filling the holes in the body with swamp ash ready for the top to go on although I still need to pick a top. 

May even ask for opinions once he has selected some for me to pick from. 

 

FB_IMG_1584396355559.jpg

FB_IMG_1584396360934.jpg

FB_IMG_1584396375657.jpg

FB_IMG_1584396380024.jpg

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 15/03/2020 at 12:52, songofthewind said:

The shape is reminiscent of the Lakeland Daryl Jones model, no?

I have never really seen that before but kind of yeah 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Guild has moved on to a new home and Mike has now sent me some tops to choose between.

So could be time for a poll! 

I have my favourites but it's a really difficult to choose

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.



  • Similar Content

    • By w_joe
      For sale is my beloved Sadowsky Metro RS5
      Made in Japan
      Overall great condition
      With VTC
      4kg
      Original soft case included
      Located in Portugal
      Can trade for lightweight 5 string jazz bass or USA MM sterling 5 (hs version preferably) + cash my way. Show me what you've got and we'll talk
      Shiping cost not included
      Price dropped to 1550£ this week
      For trades I value the bass in 1700£






    • By RRanito
      Hey guys,

      I'm currently selling my 2008 Fodera Imperial Elite 5 string (Bona).

      Here are the specs:

      Ash body with Olive wood top
      Maple neck with 34" Birdseye maple fretboard
      Seymour Duncan P/ups with ebony wood covers and matching finger ramp (was a 500 dollar extra at the time of purchase)
      Mike Pope 18v Preamp
      Weight is about 4,8 KG.

      The bass is in mint condition, rarely got out of the house, feels amazing and sounds clear as daylight.
      Can basically get any tone from the most vintage to the most modern sounding bass.
      The reason for selling is because I'm living in another country and this bass has been staying in Portugal inside the closet not being used, so thought maybe someone else would actually give it a proper use.
      I don't have the original case anymore but the bass will be shipped on a proper road case that offers way more protection than the regular fodera case. (Photo of the case attached)

      The price includes shipping within Europe.
       









    • By Sibob
      Hi all,
      Now fully up for sale, Part-Ex options would be a Lakland Skyline DJ5 with cash my way too, possibly a Lakland 55-60, or maybe a Precision 4 string of some description.
      I love this Evolution, sounds awesome, light swamp ash body and looks great. It's a solid 9/10 for condition I'd say. A couple of small indentations, but nothing I'm able to photograph well. Stock, these basses come with Bartolini single-coils, however I've swapped those out for Bartolini dual coils that came direct from Rob Elrick.
      So spec is:
      35″ scale
      Swamp Ash Body
      8.5 Lbs (approx)
      Satin Matte Black Finish
      3-piece Quarter-Sawn Maple Neck
      Ebony Fretboard
      24 frets
      2-way adjustable truss rod
      Bartolini hum cancelling Dual-coil soapbar pickups (Made in the USA)
      Bartolini 3-band pre-amp w/3-way mid and active bypass (Made in the USA)
      Fully shielded control cavity
      Black Hipshot Ultra-light tuners
      Black Elrick bridge – by Hipshot (Made in the USA)
      Dunlop Dual Design strap buttons (Straplok compatible!) (Made in the USA)
       
      £1550 - I'll include a Fusion Urban gig bag in excellent condition!
      £1500 - No Case
      No way of shipping just at the moment, but happy to organise a socially distanced handover. As such, UK only for now.





    • By MattW
      Hi All,
      Am new to the Forum but I have just ordered a custom 5 string Zoot Funkmeister from Mike Walsh so thought I'd document the progress here!  It's my 40th Birthday present to myself, and can't wait to see it start taking shape.
      Spec is:
      Body: Funkmeister shape in American swamp ash, Bookmatched flame maple top with high gloss sunburst finish. Leo Quan Badass bridge with string through. Jazz style Tort Scratch plate and chrome control plate and hardware.
      Neck and Fingerbaord: Canadian Rock Maple, Black blocks inlays and binding. 47mm nut width, 3+2 headstock, Warwick MK1 Brass Just-A-Nut.
      Electrics: Aguilar AG-5J-70 pick ups. Klaus Noll 3 band EQ with Parametric mid, Bass, treble, pickup blend and active/passive options.  18vdc via a Gotoh 18vdc double quick change battery box.
      We may make some tweaks to that as we progress, but thats the starting point.  Mike is pretty busy at the moment but hoping it will be ready before the end of the year.  Thankfully I am only about 15 minutes from Mike's workshop so will be able to pop in regularly.
      Updates to follow...
    • By Astomare
      LAURUS Quasar T900XR 5-String + Original Laurus Case.   Scale: 34 ", 24 frets Neck: neck-thru, 5 ply Maple / Amaranth Body: Kaya mahogany Top: Premium Maple (Buckeye) Keyboard: Phenolic resin Pick-up: Nordstrand, 2 dual coils Electronics: Noll 9/18 volts, passive / active 3-way Bridge: Laurus Mechanics: Laurus Nut: Brass, adjustable for each individual string Made in Italy, by Pierluigi Cazzola. http://www.laurus.it/ Shipping through UPS in all Europe, payment through Paypal with invoice.







×
×
  • Create New...