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🎻DROPPED DOUBLE BASS 🎸💔

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Yes I was so angry being a novice Rockabilly Bassist. Thought that my Learning was over before it started! 

3/4 Size bass dropped to the floor, the breaking the neck at(I don't know nane) 

"The Dovetail " with a clean break and need advice and someone to fix for me please. I stay in Greenock... Please any help appreciated.. IMG_20210407_094203.thumb.jpg.ceec31aaaddd29d29b054c644415a678.jpg

 

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On 17/04/2021 at 05:12, Downunderwonder said:

Hmmm, should that not be one piece of lumber where it separated? I thought scroll to neck to heel came from a single lump.

They do. The one in the photo is broken!

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Clean break.  Maybe made from timber that was "green" ie not well seasoned.  

Dropped mine once and the fingerboard came off.  What actually failed wasn't the glue but the wedge between the fingerboard and neck.  "Aha" said Mr Luthier, "green maple ;-)"

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1 hour ago, Downunderwonder said:

Looks like broken glue joint though.

 

23 minutes ago, NickA said:

Clean break. 

 

Exactement, mon brave.

I've had exactly the same break on a DB neck, and it looked exactly like the photo.

 

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Heres a good article about replacing a dB neck.  As Jack says the grain should be in compression along the neck.   But that means it shouldn't snap the way the OP's did.  should go at 90degrees to that?

http://www.mjbl.co.uk/double-bass-neck-graft

If you like the bass, might be worth getting a new neck

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Drill right through the fingerboard and drive a couple big ole screws in, then bodge some wood filler in and colour it in with sharpie. That's what someone did to my lovely King Mortone. Held good for decades and never held me back

It's known as the Traeger method  ;o) 

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40 minutes ago, PaulKing said:

Drill right through the fingerboard and drive a couple big ole screws in, then bodge some wood filler in and colour it in with sharpie. That's what someone did to my lovely King Mortone. Held good for decades and never held me back

It's known as the Traeger method  ;o) 

As it happens, that's exactly what Thwaites have had to do to my Zeller following this incident:

 

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Whoops! I presume that was the wind? I have one of those bass bars for resting the double bass; they work fine indoors - a good lesson to learn at somebody else's expense (sorry!).

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On 13/05/2021 at 17:26, Happy Jack said:

what Thwaites have had to do to my Zeller

Sharpie included?  Prices at Thwaites, you'd hope for paint at least 🙂

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Unbelievably, they actually removed my SnoPake dot markers and I had to re-do them!

 

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