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1960 JazzBass Build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by preeb, Jul 9, 2009.

  1. preeb

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    I'll be a tourist myself in that case... and "Can't find my way home" will be just the tune to explain how I got to sitting outside Gruhn's playing for the other tourists (-;
     
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    I ordered a few more samples of tortoise... nothing exciting...
    My Italian supplier promised to fix the awful job he did and I hope this time he will nail it.. but I'm not going to wait any more. I'm going to use the dark brownish material I already have and finish the bass. In case a better material arrives I'll cut another guard and send it saperately... no need to hold the entire bass for a tortoise sheet...

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    but the 1/2" bit is not going to "cut it" ((-;) around the tight pu corners...
    so I use a 1/4" bit with a long shaft to do this

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    Now thats better...

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    This extender is making my life easier when replacing bits above the table for a change...

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    In goes the bevel 45 degree bit

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    Bevel is done

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    screw hols are drilled while the template is still on

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    and slightly beveled

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    Done... I think it was ordered without a thumb rest... or was it the other bass... I forgot.
    I'll check the build spec downstairs later.

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    center is marked with the neck template

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    Truss-rod adjustment groove is cut

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    Done

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    On the bass... perfect zero gaps fit

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    Mutes were ordered too on this baby... ??!!?? (That's a first for me... and I was lucky to get stocked on those since they are discontinued)

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    Time for final photos... (Sorry in advance for the poor quality and the dirty chrome parts but I'm getting better at taking photos gradually...)

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    2 for a dime

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    Thanks for watching this build... It was a long one... but came out very nice.
    I actually find the muted sound very cool... for Jazz.
    All the best,
    Gil
     
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    Gorgeous as always. The hue of the neck is just perfect...
     
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    Thanks ratter,
    It's old UV exposed lacquer... no colors added. Very organic and deep looking, which is very hard to achieve with colors TMO...
     
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    It is obvious why Leo named his first fretted bass "Precision Bass" but I always wondered why he called his second bass design "JazzBass"... I mean... theres nothing Jazzy about it... it doesn't sound closer to a double bass than a P-Bass right... Maybe he wanted to team it up with the JazzMaster guitar...
    Well, I spent a long time yesterday with this felt muted bass and realized that I completely missed Leo's initial intentions for this instrument... The stacked knob circuit comes to a whole different life with the mutes on... the bass feels like a double bass and I was blown by how it behaved when I treated it as it was meant to be treated... like a JazzBass indeed. I guess most (or all...) players removed the mutes and used the bass for contemporary 60's music and that didn't work so well with the stack knob design ... the whole concept of a JazzBass turned into something else... not quite what Leo planned I assume... so the mutes were dropped in mid 1962 and the dark sounding stack knob gave way to the modern 3 knob design...

    I'm going to build me a JazzBass with mutes for sure... what a trip to play it like that... Da_n...

     
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    that's the first I've seen of the felt mutes... I seem to remember my 70-71 having a strip of dense foam glued inside the ashtray. The sound was smothered and the cover went in a drawer. The felt sounds much better.
     
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    I found a set on ebay for my jazz. The felt mutes sound awesome. Much better than using foam IMHO.
     
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    Wow, another great build. nice playing too. Working on getting a blonde strat finish. Your blonde finishing tips helped.
     
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    A little note - there were 3 types of blonde in the pre-CBS era:
    50-54
    54-62
    63-65

    They look and applied differently... so if you're trying to get the correct look you need to decide which type to duplicate.
     
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