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On 25/02/2020 at 08:55, uk_lefty said:

Some of the frets are rough as hell and quite worn... This may be going Fretless at some point in time. 

On inspecting the headstock lacquer cracking what do you guys think of this? I've given it a firm woggle and there's some play in there, but not sure if that indicates a structural crack that needs repair (something I can't do) or if it's just normal because it's a thin neck? 

The bridge is tarnished but the springs are still springy, I reckon it's still working. 

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Serious fret board to neck issue. Adjusting the truss rod with strings on may actually damage it further! 

The truss rod needs to be set so the neck is straight then the repair to the fret board glued, clamped and left, Before strings are attached imo. Don't put to much glue in the truss rod cavity. Then worry about cosmetics. 

If the bass had a removable neck I would of offered to fix for free. As I'm nice like that. 

I believe that lacquer is just cracked. 

Franklin's original wood glue is excellent for neck repairs. And makes a stronger than wood bond it also sands and polishes nicely and doesn't mind being bent in the degrees a neck goes through. 

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43 minutes ago, Twincam said:

Serious fret board to neck issue. Adjusting the truss rod with strings on may actually damage it further! 

The truss rod needs to be set so the neck is straight then the repair to the fret board glued, clamped and left, Before strings are attached imo. Don't put to much glue in the truss rod cavity. Then worry about cosmetics. 

If the bass had a removable neck I would of offered to fix for free. As I'm nice like that. 

I believe that lacquer is just cracked. 

Franklin's original wood glue is excellent for neck repairs. And makes a stronger than wood bond it also sands and polishes nicely and doesn't mind being bent in the degrees a neck goes through. 

That's brilliant, thank you for the advice! 

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Back in the day, before there was an expensive product for everything. It was common to drop stuff in a container of cola (full fat, not that so called healthy stuff) to disolve all kinds of crud. That's when we learnt what it did to your stomach ....

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Coca-Cola has phosphoric acid in it. It has been used with gunsmiths for ages. Let the bridge be in the coke for 24 hours and if the result is not good enough, repeat.

Maybe a shorter trial first to some smaller part...

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OK so lockdown is making me reluctant to make the non essential trip to get this professionally looked at or even posted. So, if I want to find out what's going on under that lacquer crack is 80grit sandpaper a good way to get through this sensibly? It's all I've got at the moment... Another view of the neck crack... 

 

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Sorry, to add, I'm looking to get the lacquer off to see what damage there is underneath. I'm OK with there being a bit of bare wood on the neck as long as I can sand in such a way that there isn't a lip or ramp that will be uncomfortable to play over. Or maybe the neck goes naked. Whichever... 

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Re. the original pickup.  Both pups in my SB900  were quite dodgy.  When throwing the switches  (  i have 2 pickups ) the drop in volume was so bad, it was unplayable.  The volume drop was only on the D and G strings, weirdly.   So i tried Rautia and sent an email,  but the cost of £ to euro was exortionate  .. paypal and bank wanted about £30, so i asked if he would go through Transferwise, but he wouldnt, which was strange because they're a reputable company. Used them before.  He also quoted me a long delay, (2 months ) so i tried Aaron Armstrong here in the UK, and he built 2 pickups for me to original spec, and had them delivered to me in a week.

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On 25/02/2020 at 08:53, uk_lefty said:

The questionable:

It's filthy and nicotine yellow instead of pearl white.

Surely that's a plus...?

 

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6 hours ago, Stub Mandrel said:

Surely that's a plus...?

 

Depends on your perspective I suppose?! Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don't. While it can't be played I'm a bit deflated by the whole thing tbh

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