Reclaiming and repurposing historic wood

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Rich Rice, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. Rich Rice

    Rich Rice Poster Extraordinaire

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    These fiddles are lots of fun. Glad to hear your son is enjoying his. I hope to get this one wrapped up in the next few days, but the finish is being a bugger.. I'll definitely do a clip when it's up and running. I'm sure the violin is much better than my playing abilities, but the tone should speak volumes.. ;)


    LOL!!
     
  2. Mbechmann

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    I saw this thread Friday last week. Well it has taking me until just now to read through it. But guess what. What an amazing build(s). I absolutly love these instruments, and can hardly wait for them to finish. The short scale bass..... That one I am digging BIG TIME. That one I will be gassing over for a good long time...

    I also want to say, that you focus on details are amoungst the best I have seen. Great work, and I cant get enough of it :)

    I think I already know the answer, but what are you building for the challenge 2014 :)
     
  3. Rich Rice

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    Finished up the piano bass last week- amazing instrument. Well beyond my hopes/expectations.. Still no "beauty pics", but here are a couple of snapshots from Chris' phone..

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    Probably the most playable and versatile bass we've built. Very, very pleased with this outcome. ;)
     
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    Wowza!
     
  5. R. Stratenstein

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    Nice. I really like your treatment of the wood--looks old, and comfortably natural. Almost a patina to it.
     
  6. Rich Rice

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    This one surprised me a little. Despite the shorter scale, all the notes ring beautifully- even the low E string.. It can get mellow, but also can be fairly aggressive, or get a piano-like vibe. Better than I could have hoped.
     
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    Well a piano like vibe is a natural for it....:)
     
  8. Rich Rice

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    LOL Marty..Ya got me there.. ;)
     
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    Definitely this is a catch eye bass.
     
  10. R. Stratenstein

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    Rich, what is the scale of it? I've been interested in someday building a SS bass. Any ideas why this one sounds so good? Just well-seasoned wood, perhaps selected by the piano makers for tonal qualities? (Or any other advice for a would-be SS bass builder?)
     
  11. Rich Rice

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    I'm pretty sure that it is a 30" scale. (I built it like a year ago
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    Lots of little details were changed from the first one, but aside from the superior ancient wood, the Fralin pickups were a great choice, combined with ultralight tuners and a lower mass bridge. In the past we always used heftier bridges, but this one really sings. The hickory neck probably helps, too. Very stiff.
     
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    Cool. Thanks!
     
  13. Wild Rice Chris

    Wild Rice Chris Friend of Leo's

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    The specs are 30" scale, 1 1/2" nut, 16mm bridge, Hipshot hardware...
     
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    Anyone in the TDPRI have another piano to donate to the Rice family? I want more!
     
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    I have to say this is an amazing thread. Rich these are just amazing. I can't look at my parents Steinway without drooling. They had some boob re-finish it and they put Steinway & Sons on it and stole the ebony keys, now all I see is guitar wood! Great job!
     
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