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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"!

Build #16
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

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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.
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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.
 

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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.

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Just need to level/polish frets and fill the slot ends.
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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.
 

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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
 

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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.

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Gorgeous combination of woods, and a great headstock design.
I too have car hobbies and it can be very distracting!
 

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Haven't been active here in a while, but nearly done with the latest 7 string build. Went back to BriteTone for the finish on this one and used a taklon brush to apply which worked out reasonably well. It was super easy to apply, though spraying would have been better. 10 coats total and letting it cure a few more weeks before level sanding and buffing out.

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Unbelievable stuff, man. Just read through all these builds and it's crazy to see this really good progression in a builder.
 

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Really great work. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the Richlite neck - love the look of it
 

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Well, I'm putting EMG's in it so the tone wood debate is out. :p

While it was some work to shape and cut it (don't even think about trying to plane or joint it - it just skips over the blades), there are some major benefits to using the Richlite already from a construction standpoint. Typically even with laminated wood necks there is a small amount of movement after carving out the neck profile, usually I'll wait a week or two and re-level before attaching the fret board. On this Richlite, it stayed dead flat throughout carving and shaping. I've got 4 more blanks and planning to use them again in future builds. I'll try and get a demo clip once it's completed.
 

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Finally, NGD!

This one took way too long, mostly getting the finish right (or the best I could). I had intentions of trying to recoup some cost for future builds by selling it, but I may keep it. As mentioned above, it has a full Richlite neck & fretboard which was a super PITA to work with, but I'm quite happy with it's stability. Did a quick setup on it and going to let it sit a few days and then fine tune the action a bit lower, but it plays really nicely.

Build specs:
  • Style: 7 string set neck
  • Tuning: A standard
  • Scale: 670mm
  • Bridge: Hipshot fixed .175" base
  • Pickups: EMG 81X(b) 85X(n)
  • Hardware Color: Black, Dunlop recessed strap locks
  • Body: Black Limba with black pearl binding
  • Top: Salvaged Redwood Burl
  • Neck: Richlite w/scarf joint
  • Fret board: Richlite with black pearl binding and Luminlay side dots
  • Head Stock: 4x3
  • Tuners: Hipshot 19mm open griplock
  • Nut: Black Tusq XL
  • Frets: 24 Jescar 57/110 with ball ends
  • Truss Rod: Spoke wheel at neck pocket
  • Finish: Crystalac Britetone gloss poly on the top, Minwax satin poly on back and sides

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Really need a proper buffing wheel, but came out pretty decent for using buffing pads in a hand drill.
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Minwax satin poly never disappoints. I sprayed it over many layers of level sanded gloss.
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Finally, NGD!

This one took way too long, mostly getting the finish right (or the best I could). I had intentions of trying to recoup some cost for future builds by selling it, but I may keep it. As mentioned above, it has a full Richlite neck & fretboard which was a super PITA to work with, but I'm quite happy with it's stability. Did a quick setup on it and going to let it sit a few days and then fine tune the action a bit lower, but it plays really nicely.

Build specs:
  • Style: 7 string set neck
  • Tuning: A standard
  • Scale: 670mm
  • Bridge: Hipshot fixed .175" base
  • Pickups: EMG 81X(b) 85X(n)
  • Hardware Color: Black, Dunlop recessed strap locks
  • Body: Black Limba with black pearl binding
  • Top: Salvaged Redwood Burl
  • Neck: Richlite w/scarf joint
  • Fret board: Richlite with black pearl binding and Luminlay side dots
  • Head Stock: 4x3
  • Tuners: Hipshot 19mm open griplock
  • Nut: Black Tusq XL
  • Frets: 24 Jescar 57/110 with ball ends
  • Truss Rod: Spoke wheel at neck pocket
  • Finish: Crystalac Britetone gloss poly on the top, Minwax satin poly on back and sides

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Really need a proper buffing wheel, but came out pretty decent for using buffing pads in a hand drill.
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Minwax satin poly never disappoints. I sprayed it over many layers of level sanded gloss.
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Pretty!
 

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That looks great, good job. I love the contrast of gloss front and matt back. Limba just looks so good with a matt finish. Looks so comfy.
 

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Haven't posted here in a while, but still somewhat active on builds in between house remodel projects, day job, and car projects. More active on IG now but will try and post completed builds here.

I finished up the 7 string Jem, it had a lot of challenges (parts build), and while not perfect, it ended up turning out pretty good and the sustaniac is really cool!

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Also starting on a new 7 string multi-scale star body shape. I went over all of the existing shapes out there I could find and tried draw up what is hopefully something new, but in subtle ways. Pretty pleased with the direction it's headed and hoping to move a bit faster once I finish up the rest of the templating.

It's getting another full richlite neck/fretboard, with a pretty insane coolibah burl top.

Dubbing it the "blade star".
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