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Do you reckon Mr Crimson would approve.......going old school....

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Just watched the current one (4/5)...now I know Ben is more than adept at instrument building, but I just lost interest when he started carving out the body.  It really was a, 'Why is he doing that?' moment.  The body looked fine and this step seemed really unnecessary.

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39 minutes ago, NancyJohnson said:

Just watched the current one (4/5)...now I know Ben is more than adept at instrument building, but I just lost interest when he started carving out the body.  It really was a, 'Why is he doing that?' moment.  The body looked fine and this step seemed really unnecessary.

Spot on. I was liking the build until he started carving the poo out of the body with those chisels. What posses people to do stuff like that? Still he has form. Anyone see the Tele style guitars in GG a couple of year ago that was basically 2 bits of knackered, sorry tone wood, with steel rods holding it together :shok:

Still what do I know? He is an expert guitar builder and I`m mediocre bass player!

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I've watched his videos before this but this has been great! He's a very watchable chap! 

 

Hope he's on here, I think he'd get a couple orders for this bass if he started some chat on this forum

 

 

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1 hour ago, lemmywinks said:

Looks nice enough but for just under £2k (it's sold now) you're in Shuker territory. 

I wouldn’t for £2k, but will watch part 5 for completion 

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Not that I would, but 2k seems about right. Materials alone must've been £500.  2 days work perhaps? 

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On 03/04/2020 at 16:01, Shaggy said:

A mate of mine living in New Zealand came over last year to build his own super-Strat guitar at Crinson guitars - he couldn't speak highly enough of Ben and the folks there.  Not cheap for the 2 week course plus hotel mind........

One of my ex students went on a guitar building course with Ben.  The resulting guitar was quite impressive, I learned a lot from what my student had picked up.

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On 09/04/2020 at 18:50, Cuzzie said:

Do you reckon Mr Crimson would approve.......going old school....

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Probably too late for a 'helpful suggestion' ?  The deed will have been done in these times of lock down?

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47 minutes ago, 3below said:

Probably too late for a 'helpful suggestion' ?  The deed will have been done in these times of lock down?

All suggestions gratefully received

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3 hours ago, lemmywinks said:

Looks nice enough but for just under £2k (it's sold now) you're in Shuker territory. 

If its in Shuker territory, does that not mean its correctly priced - i have no idea whose craftsmanship is best, but if they are both exert builders then should they not be a similar price?

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43 minutes ago, Cuzzie said:

If its in Shuker territory, does that not mean its correctly priced - i have no idea whose craftsmanship is best, but if they are both exert builders then should they not be a similar price?

 

Just thinking what else you can get for the money and that £2k on a passive bolt on Precision clone isn't where my money would go, especially one built by someone not known for making basses. If you want to spend that amount on one then go ahead! 

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Just now, lemmywinks said:

 

Just thinking what else you can get for the money and that £2k on a passive bolt on Precision clone isn't where my money would go, especially one built by someone not known for making basses. If you want to spend that amount on one then go ahead! 

Oh no fair enough, I don’t disagree - I would be hard pushed to spend 2K on anything, but there are plenty in that price bracket.

I suppose as someone else said materials plus time spent and add a little for profit, it’s gets in that territory

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2 hours ago, Cuzzie said:

All suggestions gratefully received

Probably;y telling you the obvious, before you chisel down the grain into the 'belly cut', tenon saw plenty of cuts at right angles and just above the 'belly cut' depth / profile.  This video (just one I found on YT, nothing 'special') gives you the idea.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2j57h3E3m4   This method prevents 'massive', ''unfortunate' splits along the grain etc, the kind of moments you do not want and makes it all easier.  Apols  if you know this and were going to do it anyway.

 

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30 minutes ago, 3below said:

Probably;y telling you the obvious, before you chisel down the grain into the 'belly cut', tenon saw plenty of cuts at right angles and just above the 'belly cut' depth / profile.  This video (just one I found on YT, nothing 'special') gives you the idea.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2j57h3E3m4   This method prevents 'massive', ''unfortunate' splits along the grain etc, the kind of moments you do not want and makes it all easier.  Apols  if you know this and were going to do it anyway.

 

Or... this is actually an amazing tool to have and not expensive. I have used mine so much for so many things. https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/1723183863?iid=231942378788&chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=710-134428-41853-0&mkcid=2&itemid=231942378788&targetid=878705634165&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=9046327&poi=&campaignid=9437819219&mkgroupid=95525168813&rlsatarget=pla-878705634165&abcId=1139356&merchantid=7318514&gclid=CjwKCAjw1cX0BRBmEiwAy9tKHo2vq1gMVJutsw3mRAVnq9SynOIglKGjiAKCLUs2DtVmil3c33teShoC77QQAvD_BwE#ProductDetails 

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38 minutes ago, 3below said:

Probably;y telling you the obvious, before you chisel down the grain into the 'belly cut', tenon saw plenty of cuts at right angles and just above the 'belly cut' depth / profile.  This video (just one I found on YT, nothing 'special') gives you the idea.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2j57h3E3m4   This method prevents 'massive', ''unfortunate' splits along the grain etc, the kind of moments you do not want and makes it all easier.  Apols  if you know this and were going to do it anyway.

 

It’s all appreciated and thanks, I am always learning as I go along, which chisel I prefer, big taps vs little taps etc.

I was aware of the possibility of a massive split happening, but took a risk for the photo and also knowing that I was going to be carving a fair bit out or the slab, so could hopefully mitigate a mistake. I certainly went more carefully later, and I can see the benefits of band saws and planes that is for sure!

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And the video was cool as is the saw rasp, I may have to accidentally get one....

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I watched the final two vids yesterday and have thoroughly enjoyed the whole process of the bass build, very interesting and fun watch IMHO :) 

John 😎 

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9 hours ago, Cuzzie said:

And the video was cool as is the saw rasp, I may have to accidentally get one....

Yes, I was a bit puzzled by that. What is a "saw rasp", why is it "such a great tool", and why don't Homebase stock them?

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Well, it turned out OK...from a distance, the body carving didn't really seem that visible from a distance, but even so, it seemed so unnecessary.

 

 

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53 minutes ago, Happy Jack said:

Yes, I was a bit puzzled by that. What is a "saw rasp", why is it "such a great tool", and why don't Homebase stock them?

Maybe people have bulk bought to rasp stuff in lockdown?!

I got one off amazon alongside a spoke shave, only bugger is waiting till Friday to get it and to start completing the job

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3 hours ago, Happy Jack said:

Yes, I was a bit puzzled by that. What is a "saw rasp", why is it "such a great tool", and why don't Homebase stock them?

You know how you can use a rasp on a bit of wood and it goes really really slowly, and the rasp gets clogged fairly often... put apart from that it does what you want... well imagine one of them that works faster and doesn’t get clogged. Very quick and easy to use.

homebase is a DIY and home improvement store, not a cabinet makers store, nor woodwork store or luthiers store and doesn’t tend to specialise in Japanese tools! Axminster is though

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I was gonna use Axminster but they sold out of either that or the spokeshave I wanted, and couldn’t be bothered to pay 2 lots of postage so went with amazon, but thanks for the tip, I think I will enjoy using it.

@3below it was a great video thanks, I will keep it in mind for the next thing I do, it may mean I have to buy another saw to achieve it though!

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