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Semi Hollow through neck Jazz Bass build

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by englishman, May 3, 2018.

  1. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    This is a build for the same guy that wanted the gold-clad Tele with the Gretschbuckers, so....

    So basically a through neck version of the F hole Jazz Bass that was around a while ago.

    I have this cool leopardwood top...
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    With some Naphtha:

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    Paper cutout for reference:

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    So I tried to sell the client on this but he opted for maple instead, so..

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    Playing with F hole position.

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    Inlays in the fretboard. Abalone in rosewood.

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    Through neck bass... well, almost.

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    I thought I'd try doing the glue up on the old Craftsman jointer since it has a substantial 90º fence. One of the problems with these multi laminate necks is that it's easy to glue them up at a slight angle and you end up taking more off to get it all square again.

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    More soon!
     
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  2. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

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    I am excited.
     
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  3. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

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    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron
    I know this is going to be cool!
     
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  4. firebomber

    firebomber Electromatic

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    Oct 24, 2017
    California
    Shame he didn't take the leopardwood, it looks awesome!
     
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  5. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Some more progress. Got a lot of 'prettying up' to do.

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  6. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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  7. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Got the wings glued on.

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    And of course the mandatory mock up.

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  8. 33Jayman

    33Jayman Electromatic

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    Mar 31, 2018
    Marne, Michigan
  9. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Gold frets is new to me. Whatbsprt of alloy do they use to prevent excessive wear?
     
  10. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

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    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Clamp-a-licious!
     
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  11. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    To be specific, the alloy is CuSn15Fe1Ti0.1. Using copper instead of nickel. The are a little harder than the nickel silver but not as hard as stainless, so I'd expect them to hold up a little better. I haven't leveled them yet, so that will be more fun than usual. Marketed under EVO gold fretwire. It's $5 more for a 4 foot piece.
     
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  12. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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  13. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
  14. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

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    That is seriously cool David!!!
     
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  15. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Vintage amber, gonna be a burst on top.

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  16. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Well that didn’t work. The spraycan stewmac lacquer looked like hell. Way blobby and didn’t lay well.

    I ended up sanding it back.

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    Started again. This time, after the amber I did a couple of coats of clear. Then I used some mahogany lacquer toner from Woodcraft and was happier with the result.

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  17. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Oh yeah man, that burst looks great.
     
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  18. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

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    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Nice 2-tone 'burst!
     
  19. russmack

    russmack Country Gent

    May 1, 2017
    ballina australia
    Eman, I've wondered about this for a long time. You've probably noted that Fender basses have a very noticeable and distinct 'thump' on the G string, usually between Bb and D

    Maybe you haven't, but if it is apparent to you - something seems to be wrong. I've heard it on every Fender I've played. Regardless of vintage.

    Something about sympathetic vibrations?

    I've usually worked around it by shifting positions.

    Shouldn't have to though. Nevertheless I've learned to live with it.

    Regards,

    Russ