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

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  1. chemobrain

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    yes ,I am impressed.
     
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    It’s been a while since I’ve been able to do any finishing. There was the holidays, then I was in be with a bad head cold, and since I do most of my painting outdoors, the weather here in SoCal has been an issue. It’s held at a fairly steady 52°-56° in the shade where I spray, and it has been very windy. Neither condition has been very conducive for painting outdoors.

    Anyway, I sprayed the back with a couple coats of dye stain - a mixture of 2 parts GF Medium Brown, 1 part GF Orange and 1 part GF Amber. The GF dye stain had a ton of color, so I cut it by 20% with their reducer. Looks pretty good - I’m going to seal it with Seal Coat, mask the back and hit the front with some orange.

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    I hit the front of the bass with some orange yesterday. Overall, it went OK! I had to sand it back once - the orange required a little more finesse out of my cheap spray gun than the medium brown mix did. It was no prob - I’d sealed the surface beforehand with de-waxed shellac. I think it looks pretty good!

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    I have a little clean-up on the binding and then today, I might scrape the binding with a razor blade. It’s supposed to rain for a few days here in SoCal, so I probably won’t get to clear coating it for a while. The li’l Lady and I actually going on vacation this month - I was hoping to get this bad boy done before I left, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.
     
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    The word we use here in Southern California is, “Firme.”

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    Wow, that looks great!! I do love the orange.
     
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    I just thought I’d share this - I had my first repair job come through my shop.

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    This week, the weather and work constraints didn’t allow for me to get any clear coating done. I have to coat the body and I have maybe another round of 6-8 coats to put on the neck. I was hoping to do it today, but it’s raining like crazy here in SoCal. I’ll just have to wait until we get back from our trip next week. No worries - over the week I made a pickup and cut the shape for the pickguard. At first, I did an aluminum PG, but it just worked against the awesomeness of the orange. I cut a piece out of Garolite instead and sanded it do 400. I’ll clear coat it when I get home. I’ve seen some guys on TDPRI make lacquered Garolite pickguards and they look great. Here’s a photo of the bass laid out.

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    The li’l Lady and I got back from our awesome vacation in Puerto Rico yesterday morning, so I set up a booth in the garage today and got straight to laying down a few coats of clear. I’m using the “new” WB Varathane. This is after 5 thin coats:

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    So far so good - I just thinned it with a little water and it seems to be going on OK. I think the ProFinisher lays down better, but right now, I’m much happier with the quality of the gloss that I’m getting with the Varathane. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.
     
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    I sanded the first 7-8 coats down with 220 followed by 600. That usually works with the ProFinisher, but with the Varathane, it took a few more passes to fill in those 220 scratches. Next time I might try starting with 320 or 400.

    I mixed Varathane cut with roughly 10% water and gave the bass 6-7 coats. I got a decent amount of flow and the finish is looking pretty smooth. So far, next to the Minwax Oil-Modified WB Polyurethane, this new Varathane seems to be my fave right now. Overall, it’s looking pretty good and I haven’t had to fight with it at all.

    Tomorrow morning, I’ll sand it and do this whole process again. It’s supposed to be sunny and warm all weekend, so hopefully I can get a lot of painting done.

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    That looks great!!
     
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    That is coming along very nicely!!

    It makes me feel better that your build has taken even longer than mine

    Although yours is a custom build and mine was just a Partscaster


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    After letting my last 6-7 coats dry overnight, I hit the body with 400. It sanded really easily - almost too easily - and it took the peaks down without leaving any deep scratches. I went over it again with 600. I hope the final finish isn’t too soft.

    I did a mix of 5% H20, 5% Floetrol and 90% Varathane. I didn’t see a big difference, but instead of 6 thin coats, I did 3 double coats and there were no drips. I have some errands to run, so I’ll come back later this afternoon and lay down a few more coats.
     
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    OK so last night, I kicked the mix up to 10% Floetrol / 10% H20. It was going to be my last few coats, and I figured that it would give me more flow and lay down pretty smoothly - and it did. However, I feel that I lost a little gloss, so I’ll probably sand it back a little tonight and hit it with a dryer mix.

    On another note, I’ve been dry-sanding up to 400 with the 3M no-slip sandpaper I get at HD and Lowe’s. When I switch to the normal black 3M 600 paper, it packs up really fast. I might drop by Woodcraft today and see if they have that fancy sandpaper that Bruce likes.
     
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    Here’s a good shot of the new Varathane finish before sanding and polishing - and just FYI, I’m using that cheap Harbor Freight spray rig. This is probably about 24 coats.

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    Today, I spent this rainy day in the garage sanding and polishing. I did both the body and the neck. I’ll tell ya, this new WB Varathane is the bomb.

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    I have a little touch-up to do around the bridge and on the counter-bores for the neck bolts on back. Other than that, we’re aces. This week, I’ll get started on assembling this bad boy.

    I still have to make a pickguard. My original plan to use Garolite was a bust. When I sanded it, there were a bunch of brown splotches in the material. I assume that this was from impurities in the Garolite. No worries - I have some 3-ply pickguard material arriving Thursday.

    I will also be building the electronics this week.
     
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    Sweet!
     
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    I still have one or two spots to touch up, but I couldn’t resist joining the neck to the body to see how it looks...

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    Wow cant wait to see the rest come together
     
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    Me neither!

    It should be done by this time next week. I realized I was out of 1/4” stereo jacks and my pickguard plan didn’t work - otherwise, it would be done today!

    Thx.
     
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    I dig this picture of the twins! Non-identical, obviously, but I'm sure you love them both equally ;)

    Can't wait to see her finished!
     
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