I reliced a bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ric5, Nov 22, 2012.


  1. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    Yes .. I reliced a bass ... Usually I am against that, but in this case it made sense.

    Back in 1972 I had a Gibson EB0. I liked the look and feel of the bass but I was not a big fan of the tone. So I got a few Epiphone EB0 bass bodies and I have built 2 frankensteined 5 string SG basses. This one here had a nice new body that had a some deep screatches. Also by relicing this bass it is sort of like I still have the old one I used to have back in 72.

    The finish on the Epiphone SG basses is really thick. It really tacks some effort to relic them and get down to the wood.

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  2. Ric5

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  3. ric4682

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    I like! Very understated. A lot of relics look like someone gave them an acid bath or put the guitar through a wood chipper. Yours is very natural. Definitely a fan!
  4. awilkie84

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    +1 for looks
    -1 for mad neck dive!
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  6. dtripoli

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    Excellent, I too am not a "relic" fan, but ya done good here
  7. Ric5

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    Actually with the straplok extender it balances nicely.
  8. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    Thanks ...

    I would not relic a $1500 Fender but I got the Epi body for $20 on ebay, with all of the parts incluede total investment around $300.
  9. mellowinman

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    I am indifferent towards the relicing, however that is a great machine there!

    I would play the heck out of it.

    My first bass was exactly like this:

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    I was a skinny punk kid, and I loaned it to a guy in a band I left, due to being too shy to be lead singer. They decided it was "a piece of crap," because a wire had come off a pot, and so it didn't work very well, and they decided to "go Pete Townshend on it," and all I got back was a piece of the headstock.

    I should have killed them, but when I was seventeen, that just wasn't me.

    I love the SG style Gibsons, and should probably get another one someday. Before the seventies were over, I gave up bass playing until about three years ago.

    I always thought the SB-100 was a shortscale, but it wasn't! It was a long scale. I also had a Rickenbacker fireglo 4001 for a while back then, too.

    I wish I still had both of them!

    On edit: I realize I had the SB-300, which was, in fact, a shortscale. I knew there was a reason that Rickenbacker seemed so huge to my 17 year old hands!
  10. Ric5

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    Ya .. they have that look ...
  11. basmansam

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    Nice job!! Did you go with 34" scale? I like the toaster in the neck position too.
  12. wilfred

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    Whats the long strap button stick thing sticking out of the horn?
  13. basmansam

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    Straplock extender
  14. Modern Growl

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    hardware too shiny
    need muriatic acid


  15. topo morto

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    Any links to these as an available product?
  16. ntenny

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    I like it, but the J knobs on a Gibson body look *weird*. Were they just the knobs you had on hand, or was it something you planned to confuse the viewer?

    -NT
  17. Metaldood19

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    Love it, usually relics come out looking like someone unloaded acetone on the body but this looks beautiful! Nice work!
  18. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Registered Spector Addict

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    I believe he makes the straplock extenders in his own shop.
    I've played quite a few of Jeff's basses, and they sound & play even better than they look.
  19. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    Yes 34" ... it works better than 30" with a B

    That is actually a modified high gain and not a toaster.
  20. Ric5

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    Total DIY from parts from a local hardware store.
  21. Ric5

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    They are actually older style Rickenbacker knobs ... they were there in my shop so I used them.

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