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Build #3, Thread #1: My New Thinline Bass Guitar

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Freekmagnet, Mar 13, 2017.

  1. Freekmagnet

    Freekmagnet Tele-Meister

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    If it was on the 12th fret, I’d say, “yes,” but it’s not. It’s on the 11th.
     

  2. mtorn

    mtorn Tele-Meister

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    Is there a chance that this is a dent, not tearout? In that case you might be able to steam it out - just with a wet paper towel and a soldering iron. Might be worth a shot?

    Otherwise I'd look into a return/replacement. Since the board is already radiused, you couldn't really sand it a whole lot. And a fill will probably look like a dark blotch, at best.
     

  3. Freekmagnet

    Freekmagnet Tele-Meister

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    It’s definitely tear-out. There’s little bits of jagged grain exposed.

    I called LMI today and they said they’d replace it if I emailed them a picture. I sent it to them, but I haven’t heard back from them yet.
     

  4. LowThudd

    LowThudd Friend of Leo's

    Feb 11, 2014
    Sherman Oaks, Ca
    Hmm. As a spare board project. Maybe, alternating dark inlays on the non-marked sections. So, 11 and 10 would get dark inlays, 12 and 9 would get light inlays?

    That would be a LOT of work though. Just thinking outside of the box.
     
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  5. Freekmagnet

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    Well, I just got the email from LMI, and they were super awesome. They’re sending a new board ASAP, so yes, I will have this one as an extra.

    I was thinking of some outlandish inlay like abalone flames or ...a dragon!
     

  6. Freekmagnet

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    The inlay on this bass is pretty awesome. The bass player has awesome hair to match.

     

  7. zorgzorg2

    zorgzorg2 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Yeah, I was thinking along the lines of the bass player there, but if it's on the 11th, you can just have a large inlay for the 12th, like eg here: https://goo.gl/images/RB1xGb
     
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  8. Freekmagnet

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    Hey yeah, something like that could work. Maybe put a luchador mask or something instead of that Celtic knot...
     

  9. Freekmagnet

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    I made a new friend over the week. I cut down some MDF and made a routings fixture to mill down and thickness my neck blank. I took a little extra time to file the running rails smooth and straight.

    First, I stood the board on end and jointed the edge:

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    Then I flipped the board it on its face and planed and thicknessed it. I’m used wing nuts and allthread to clamp it in there.

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    My blank came out pretty good. I took down a few of the high spots with my palm sander. It’s within a few thousandths of 3/4”. By the time I glue the fretboard on, it’ll be close enough to an inch to make a bass guitar.

    I drew my centerline with a mortising guage. I love that thing. You can’t really see the line in the photo, but it’s in there deep enough that you can’t miss it under the work light.

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    Next, I gotta figure out how I’m going to cut that scarf joint. My table saw is somewhere between a pile of junk and completely useless, but it might work enough with a cutting fixture that I can clamp the blank into my new fixture and joint the edge smooth.

    I’m probably going to add an attachment to this fixture to plane the joint and both sides of the headstock. I’m kinda limited with space, so can’t really have a ton of MDF jigs laying around my garage. On the plus side, I was thinking the other day that 90% of building an instrument is building the tools to make it. Now that I have all this stuff built up, it will take much less time to build the next one.


     
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  10. Picton

    Picton Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Just finding this thread. Awesome work. It’s rare that I like original designs; many of them just look “different for the sake of being different,” but yours looks fresh and organic.

    Hopefully you’ve been avoiding fires and mudslides, too...
     
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  11. Freekmagnet

    Freekmagnet Tele-Meister

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    Thx! I work in the ad biz as an art director, so I spend a lot of my day thinking about shapes and colors and how people respond to them. I decided one day that I wanted to use my powers for something that actually interests me, so I thought I’d try my hand at designing a bass.

    As far as the fires and mudslides, we’re in Fillmore, and while we got a pretty unnerving show from the fires for a few weeks, we didn’t suffer directly. Our niece lives in Carpinteria, and she, as well as a few of our friends in Ventura, lost their homes. I work in Ventura, and the smoke was bad enough that I had to wear a respirator when I drove to work. What’s worrisome is that this is the first rain of the year, and already 16 people have lost their lives in the mudslides.

    I’ll post a picture I shot of the fire. I took it just a mile or two from my house.

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