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13 minutes ago, HazBeen said:

I am indeed doing the 35.5-33.5” one.... I hate slotting at the best of times, but now I cannot use my normal jig I am REALLY hating it. 5 slots in and all is well, but man it is an ordeal.... am going to take as long as I need.

I use to do it in a laser machine, then I use a saw to open the slot

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15 hours ago, Andre_Passini said:

I use to do it in a laser machine, then I use a saw to open the slot

If I built any more basses than I do, I would get a CNC or laser just for that. But to be honest, for normal frets I use a jig which works really well and relatively quick. The fan fret makes is more of a hassle, and I don’t see myself do loads of those.

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Hmm, I realise I have not been snapping pics.... hmmm, bad hobby builder!

fretboard is glued on, body carved, neck cavity, battery cavity, control cavity and headless tuner cut all done. Need to carve te neck/radius fretboard etc.

I will not be doing much over next 2 weeks, so pics will come asap. I did for some reason snap these pics, gives a little indication of what things look like, albeit totally incomplete.

 

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Unexpectedly found 2 hours to rough carve a neck. With the “flared” heel it is slightly more complex, as I need to very carefully carve the heel to match the contour of the body. So next week when I have time again I will fix the neck to the body and finish the carve.

The neck will have a SS zero fret and I will notch out the fretboard so I can angle the strings down into the string clamp. The clamps will sit on top of a 2mm thick piece if ebony that follows the shape of the mini headstock ( a few mm smaller in diameter to still show the maple/wenge).

Also did the 20” radiusing.

Happy so far in any case.

Note the neck is a few mm thinner on the flare than the neck, clearly I needed to create a little elevation to get enough clearance for strings/pickups etc. This flare design is either going to be very smart or very stupid 😂

 

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Posted (edited)

Found another hour or two so sorted the bolt-on setup. All went smoothly on that front. 

In the saga that is my love-hate affair with routers, my neck pocket was an almost perfect fit..... until I wanted to clean up one corner and my router decided to take a sliver off with the bearing itself 😳🙄..... how the heck

Still happy, and nothing major but it just shows that even if you make a template the router can still bite you in the behind. Highlighted in yellow for your viewing pleasure 😂

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8 minutes ago, Andyjr1515 said:

I share the hate, @HazBeen.  Every time...every time...

The worst thing is that it always seems to find new ways to harass :) 

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Quick snapshot to show just how easy I can access way up the neck due to the flared heel/ deep body cut.

 

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Slowly but surely..... neck shape finalised and ebony cap on “headstock” made. Also test fitted pickups.

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54 minutes ago, Jabba_the_gut said:

Looking good. Be interested to see what you think of those Fishman pickups.

Cheers

Me too :), bought on reviews, so I hope they are as good as people say.

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That said, the look of these Fishman pickups is mixing very well with your design.

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F*cking big fingers

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Frets in..... well, all the hard work on them sti to do, but the arbor press did a good job. Stainless zero fret in as well

 

 

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So, at least we have the alignment and string spacing right, now to carefully route out 4mm cavities for the saddles to slot into and get some better access to the tuning knobs. Will be using my Dremel and tiny router base for this job...... very slow, very gradual.

I can still [email protected] this up of course, but so far so good :) 

And yes, I have had a little play..... appears to be very resonant, very comfortable neck.

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Really neat work! Can't wait to see the finished bass.

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