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Time To Cover My Basses

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by highdive, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. highdive

    highdive TDPRI Member

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    I've been wanting to put together a bass for a while now and I found a guy on CL selling two necks for the grand total of $35.

    One is long scale and made of nice birdseye maple with a killer looking fretboard. Never drilled or installed, apparently. Headstock was cracked and repaired (not by me) and sprayed over to hide the fix.

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    The other is a Kay short scale (YAY!) and is gonna need some work. This may be my first attempt at a re-fret. One of those "everstraight" laminated jobbers. I love it

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    Donor body #1 for the short scale.

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    ANd donor #2, after I finish stripping it, of course

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  2. highdive

    highdive TDPRI Member

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    Made some progress on the short scale. BONUS Telecaster content: This body is an old Fender Bullet that originally had the metal pickguard with integrated tailpiece from the early 80's. (?)

    I stripped and veneered the top, badly. Applied some danish oil and a coat of satin poly to protect it while I strip and refinish the back and sides. I had to fill in the neck pocket a bit to fit the narrow neck.

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    I felt like this was the perfect bridge for this build, but the spacing was too wide. So I spent the day making this rosewood saddle which I kind of like and it furthers the danelectro vibe that I'm stuck on, for better or worse.

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    I've got the neck refretted, leveled and polished up. We'll see how good a job I did when I get some strings on. I also sanded down and dyed the fingerboard while I had the frets out.

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    Reamed out the tuner holes and installed Gotoh compact tuner on there. Also a new nut. The back of the neck is sanded down to a satin sheen and feels great. Very happy with the neck. Just needs side position markers to be done.

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  3. Barncaster

    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

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    We likes the Kays!!!
     
  4. highdive

    highdive TDPRI Member

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    Finished up the short scale bass in case anyone is watching. I had to make another saddle and reconfigure the string anchor locations. Worked out pretty well. Finish is just OK with walnut danish oil under wipe-on poly.

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    Damn thing plays great. The tele pickup sounds cool but I might put a lipstick in there at some point. The controls are volume and mid-shift.
    The mid control is passive, made by Rothstein guitars. Works great here. Rolled up gives the tone more punch and rolled back it gets into acoustic bass territory.

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    The back. Didn't spend too much time here.

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    One more

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  5. barbrainy

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    I think that looks great.
     
  6. Barncaster

    Barncaster Doctor of Teleocity

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    Sweet! You'll get more grunt out of tall bobbin custom Tele neck pup than a lipstick. If you want to try winding one, I'd be happy to answer any technical questions.
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    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    Looks great. Dig it! That's some mighty fine work. Thanks for posting photos.
     
  8. highdive

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    Thanks all. I did some recording last night and am very pleased with the range of tones I can get with this setup. I might have to consider going with a noiseless option for the pickup, or do more shielding.

    The neck is fantastic. Chunky, but very easy to get around on. Action is perfect and no buzzes or dead frets. I was a bit worried as I had never done a fret replacement job before and I had a bit of backbow with the truss rod relaxed when the new frets went in. But it straightened up nicely.

    Yay Kay!

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