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Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by englishman, Aug 25, 2017.

  1. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Just so you don't think I'm slacking here.
    Got the center five pieces gluing up

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    Bound the fingerboard and cut frets and clipped the end tangs

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    Pressed the frets in.

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    And cleaned it up a little. Got a bit of a back bow after forcing all the little wedges in but not bad.

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  2. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Country Gent

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  3. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Things progressing. With the neck the stock length, the bridge looks too far forward. If I shorten it a tad, it'll work better but it means I can't use a stock pickguard.
    Opinions?

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  4. GoLeafsGo

    GoLeafsGo Gretschie

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    May 1, 2014
    Whitby Ontario
    One of these days we are going to have to have a serious talk.....
     
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  5. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Seems a deeper fretboard/neck inset with the bridge nearer the strap button would be more comfy. For me that would be a playability thing, and trump the original pickguard.
     
  6. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    I'm glad nobody busted me for having the bridge upside down lol.
     
  7. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Bought a 70s 4001 bridge pickup that was in need or repair and sent it off to a rewinder. Might send him one of the toasters too to see if he can match them up.

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    Laying out carbon fiber rods and the trussrod.
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  8. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Ok then. Rods in the neck.

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    Rough shaping done.

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    Grabbed some of the stupidly expensive checkerboard binding and did a test on some scrap as I've never laid two strips at the same time.

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  9. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Starting the carve. I was in too good a mood so I'm destroying it watching the Lions.

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  10. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Got it close. Just a bunch of sanding to do next

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  11. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Wing gluing. Hard on the knees. I need a big ol' flat table.

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  12. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Country Gent

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    Again: Cool thread.
    It always amazes me how crude the build starts and how sophisticated it ends.
     
  13. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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  14. Synchro

    Synchro Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
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    Don't tell me that you've caught the bass bug, E-man. :) I love playing bass myself. It's like improvising every verse, every chorus, every song, for the whole gig.

    Why didn't I think of that? I've always liked the idea of a low B and, I agree, I hardly ever get up to the G. A while back, Warwick had a bass that was a minor 7th below standard pitch, F#, B, E, A. I've always been fascinated by contrabass instruments anyhow, so this really appealed to me. Your idea is probably more practical, however. A '62 P bass R.I. Strung B to D might be just the ticket. One thing I definitely agree on is that 5-string, and especially 6-string basses have fingerboards more suited for launching and recovery of aircraft than for a player's hand.
     
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  15. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Well, I got a job playing bass with the local classic rock bunch and I'm enjoying it currently.

    I hang around the "Luthier's Corner" over at Talkbass and there's a guy over there that specializes in converting stock Ric basses to five string. Example:
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    I've also been turned off at the USS John F. Kennedy flight deck neck on the 5 and 6 strings. This appealed to me as it uses the stock spread and neck. I'd like to keep my 4003 as it is so I decided to build one.
     
  16. Synchro

    Synchro Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
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    Way to go, Englishman. Bass is more fun than a barrel of monkeys and a heck of a lot easier to clean up after)
     
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  17. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Got the pegs to fit the holes! Can't resist a quickie mockup.

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  18. GoLeafsGo

    GoLeafsGo Gretschie

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    May 1, 2014
    Whitby Ontario
    Coming along beautifully! Like the little badge too.
     
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  19. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    That's just placed for effect. Haven't decided what way to go with the logo on this one.
    Could do something similar to the six string.
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