Dusty Hill Style T-bass

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  1. perttime

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    The straight grain looks nice. A bit like the top of an acoustic guitar. Maybe stain or tint it. Let the world see it.
     
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    Every build I've made, there's a flub somewhere. Some you can see, some you can't - keeps me humble :)

    Also, there's a lot of charm in knowing it was hand made, not made "perfect" by a computer.
     
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    Very nice.
     
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    I routed the neck pocket to the final depth: 0.652’’ or 16,5 mm. It fits tight !

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  5. The Crash Cowboy

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    I want to use a transparent (poly-urethan or nitro ?) lacquer as a finish. Do I need some kind of filler to treat the wood first, with a sanding sealer or something like that ? Or will some layers of lacquer, and sanding with different grits after each layer, do ?

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    I guess this’ll do: Z Poxy Resin Filler. Any thoughts ?

     
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    That's the stuff. I use drywall putty that I darken with a deep brown dye.

    Edit: Seal it first then fill it.
     
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    If you want it smooth, then I guess you should fill it. Some like it when you can see and feel the minor irregularities of wood. Some don't.
     
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    Z Poxy does both, I heard.
     
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    My mate has made up his mind and decided: the colour will be Butterscotch Blonde Transparent. As close to the Dusty Hill Signature as possible. We only don’t like artificial reliced guitars, so he’s just gonna play the hell out of it to give it that road-worn look, LOL. It will be a brand new looking body, I hope.

    So: seal & fill with Z-Poxy Resin PT-41, and finish it with nitro Butterscotch Blonde. Maybe I have to add a full transparent layer to polish it to a beautiful shine.

    But first I have to route the controls cavity in the back, and sand that side too.
     
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    I routed the control knob cavity in the back, and made a cover for it.

    First I routed the cavity.

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    The edge for the cover. I had to make a new template for that, with a better shape than the cavity.

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    The cover:

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    ... and sanding again ... and sanding ... and ..

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    And after all that work, this is the only thing you’ll see at the front:

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    I have to say I find that wood fascinating. Despite being so soft it has ribbons like mahogany. Me I would likely custom stain it with my hand mixed shellac,use the Z poxy and shoot clear to let that beauty shine for the ages
     
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    It’s nice wood to work with, considering this is my first wood body ever.
    About the colour: my mate wants to go as close as possible to the Dusty Hill style bass look. I hope the stain will be visible trough the butterscotch lacquer; it’s transparent.
     
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    Volume & tone pots mockup installed. I had to route the cavity deeper. I’m glad the cover edge is well shaped ! ;-)

    I like the basic look a lot.

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    The results of today. I noticed after finishing that the controls on the original DH Signature are located much higher on the body; I used the template of a regular ‘51 P-bass to locate the knobs on mine. I never realised the difference ... Well ... I can live with it.

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    Do you think applying a layer (or more) of some oil (Tru Oil) to the wood before spraying the butterscotch nitro will brighten the grain more than just nitro ? I already found that nitro can go over Tru Oil.

    And if so, do I use the Z-Poxy before or after applying the oil ?
     
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    The neck fits very tight in the neckpocket. There’s no movement at all to the right or left.

    When I align the neck, there’s a difference in alignment of about 1 or 1,5 mm at the bridge, compared to the centerline.

    What would you do ? Mount the bridge in alignment with the neck as it fits now, or give the neck a little space in the pocket and align it spot on to the centerline ?
     
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    I'd mount the bridge in line with the neck as is if the fit is good and it's only 1.5 mm out - I don't think anyone will ever know!

    Looks great so far.
     
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