Last Couple Of Bass Builds

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    kodiakblair New Member

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    The look of single coil always appealed but they are thin on the ground.
    To get a feel for them I picked up a crazy cheap model from Thomann,£76 is crazy cheap :) Turned out I loved the tone and loved the feel,also found the neck to be a perfect fit for my hands.

    Few years of playing it had me thinking it was time to finally build one. The Fender re-issues in pine piqued mt interest so I went with southern yellow.

    Amateur error #1 Forgot to take photo of the blank,here's a negative ;)

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    The pine blank was east enough to cut.

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    Workshop being my 7 ft x 12 ft kitchen there could be no spray finish. Owning no blue basses I opted for a blue dye.Huge cavity was to take an active EQ.

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    On assembly I found the bass way too dark.

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    Solution was sand back then wax.

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    kodiakblair New Member

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    Next was a Cabronita. I'd actually bought when but before shipping the seller had a better offer and canceled the sale.

    Oh well, time to get tools out :)

    Place in Glasgow (Reid Timber) supplied the Utile blank,

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    Went for another slab body.

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    Starting to take shape.

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    No active EQ for this,TV Jones Thunderblade would be enough. Control cover cut from scrap. Tung oil finish.

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    Pretty serious mistake in last step. Drilled right through the body,hence the control cover :mad: Had tried some mock ups with PGs and felt it needed a chrome control plate.

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    That was a lucky escape ;). Last photo of tung oil.

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    All assembled.

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    kodiakblair New Member

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    Both builds use ready made necks. The pine slab is from a reshaped Thomann PB-50. Cabronita, a paddle neck.

    I'd taken to buying up PB-50 necks when they were listed on ebay and they've saw serve on other projects.

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