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Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by KR250, Nov 11, 2018.
Damn that top is sick
Last shots of it essentially completed. Just waiting on a stacked nickel plated bass/treble knob and trying to find where I left the strap locks. I plugged it and played for a bit to start finalizing the action and the quad coil Nordstrand pickup sounds awesome! I got my measurements for bridge height close but I'm near bottom of the adjustment range. Plays better than my name brand basses. but sadly this one is not for me. Trading for some car parts so I dub this "Turbo bass"!
34" scale 4 string Stingray style bass
Top: Curly Claro Walnut
Body: Black Limba
Fretboard: Birdseye Maple
Neck: Wenge/Padauk w/scarf joint - black binding w/Luminlay side dots
Hardware: Hipshot A style bridge with ultralite tuners
Electronics: Nordstrand MM.4 quad coil pickup with push/pull vol for active/passive preamp, stacked bass/treble, DPDT for coil splitting, tone, and best of all.... a blend knob for the single pickup :/
Finish: Odies oil and Odies wood butter
Wiring it wasn't too bad, but a few wires broke off the pre-wired volume pot and had to chase a short from part of the hot lead on the pot lug that was apparently too close to the shielding. All good now and managed to cram the battery in too, though in retrospect it would have been nicer to have the knobs spaced further apart.
Next build is partially in progress but I may divert and do a pointy guitar once I make some more design revisions on the star shape.
Well slight diversion.... checked in with buddy build #6 and it developed a slight bow in the neck since it was finished 3 years ago. I re-leveled the fretboard and installed new frets, almost there. Not sure if it was the wenge I used not being mature enough or issues with storage location.
Just need to level/polish frets and fill the slot ends.
Also, for the record I never accepted any money from this guy: https://www.sevenstring.org/threads/kyle-was-gonna-make-me-a-custom-and-then-ghosted.347162/
He tried to get me to build for him before under different names/handles/stories, but well..... yeah.... sometimes it's best to refuse a build.
Killer builds! but man I want that boogie!
Is it a Dual or a Triple? Love the chrome chassis and the smooth blue jewel lens on those older Rectos!
Bet it sounds killer
It's the Triple, been on my bucket list for a long time and sounds great with that cab.
Finally getting back into building again, had a diversion with car hobbies that I've mostly scratched for now. Slotted the Richlite fret board tonight to go along with the Richlite neck I did a while ago. Still need to route the truss rod and glue it all up.
Trying to decide if I want to do binding on this thing. The top is pretty thin so could do binding with a forearm bevel only, or maybe just no binding and a very slight bevel all around. Not sure on the neck, probably keep it all jet black with white/luminlay or pearl inlays. Maybe a white/bone nut? I think I'm going to try for a gloss top (it's pretty soft), maybe satin or oil on the rest of it. Not totally decided on this one yet.
Hardware is going to be pretty simple, EMG's and a Hipshot bridge/tuners. 26.378" scale this time. Trying a compromise from 27" where even a full step down I have to go really thin on the high strings for the tension I like.
Gorgeous combination of woods, and a great headstock design.
I too have car hobbies and it can be very distracting!