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A short time ago it occurred to me that I had enough ex-upgrade parts leftover to make a bitsa  bass. 
 

 

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Wanted to build a Roger Waters 71 bass. Black, 62 pickups and flats. 

Although I’ve built bodies before I wanted it to look authentic, So I got a GuitarBuild body. 

3 piece alder. Amazing quality. 
 

Decided to route out trussrod access, as I hate the idea of taking neck off to adjust. 

Very happy with result, I enjoyed it so much I wish I had built the body. Lol 
 

 

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2 hours ago, Fishman said:

Tidy routing!

Thanks! The irony is that my best ever routing will be hidden by the pic guard. Lol 

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53 minutes ago, prowla said:

That wasn't a real Status body, I hope!

Lol, hardly. But a Status was the inspiration back in 1985.

Other dream dream bass at the time was a Wal  bass with maple top. 
 

So, as I could not afford maple, I used sitka spruce and laminated it with mahogany.  
Bad choice. Looked ok, but had no resonance. 😞 

 

 

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In between layering top coats to the body, I thought I’d turn to the neck headstock.

Back in 85, I painted my own logo. Tbh I was never happy with it.....

As this is going to be a 60’s rep I thought I’d get me a Fender decal on it. 

First job was to Remove old logo. Then to balance sanding back to fresh wood. 
 

As it’s a 35 year old neck I did not want to loose all the aged and dark look of the headstock. 

You cannot see it too well in the pics, but I’m happy with graded end result. 
 

Decal applied without any drama! 

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Parts mockup whist waiting the frustrating 2 weeks for paint to harden before sanding and polishing. 
 

 

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Nope - don't like the fake Fender logo - why not get something made with your own logo?

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44 minutes ago, prowla said:

Nope - don't like the fake Fender logo - why not get something made with your own logo?

I’m not ashamed to say that this will be a faker. 

Being a leftie I’ve had a lifetime of music shops with zero guitars for me. This is why I started to make my own. 

Granted Fender have now started to make the Player Precision, but for yonks all that was available was the Jazz. 

I want a Roger Walters (tribute) Bass. Not available in leftie.   

Do Fender make a left hand maple neck that I could buy?  Nope.

Hence the faker decal on my own neck. 

Not trying  to deceive anyone other than myself 😉 

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Ironically, just read that Rogers main bass since the Wall tour (from the three basses originally bought by the band), has a Charvel neck (Replacing original RW one), with a dodgy Fender logo applied. 

The ‘red dot’ bass that everyone refers to is the one David Gilmour has. 

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Some personal issues kept we away fro home for several weeks. But now im back for a bit and I’ve grabbed a couple of hours sanding and polishing. 
 

Practiced on the back and generally happy. Hope to do a better job in the front though as there are a few sanding scratches from 1800 sanding part. Don't think i soaked paper for long enough. But im happy enough. 🙂

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Yer let the 1800 grit soak in the Blossom Hill for at least 15 minutes to achieve that soft & fruity ruby glow. The finish looks sooooo much better after a bottle or two😂

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14 hours ago, JohnDaBass said:

Yer let the 1800 grit soak in the Blossom Hill for at least 15 minutes to achieve that soft & fruity ruby glow. The finish looks sooooo much better after a bottle or two😂

Lol. Actually the wine box is only for me to carry home a case of Jail Ale.  And yes, I am often ‘Well soaked’. 🍺🍺🍺
 

 

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