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I reliced a bass

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


  1. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    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

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
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  4. ric4682

    ric4682

    Jul 2, 2008
    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!
     
  5. +1 for looks
    -1 for mad neck dive!
     
  6. dtripoli

    dtripoli

    Aug 15, 2010
    Excellent, I too am not a "relic" fan, but ya done good here
     
  7. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    Actually with the straplok extender it balances nicely.
     
  8. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    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

    mellowinman Free Man Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Minneapolis
    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

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    Ya .. they have that look ...
     
  11. basmansam

    basmansam Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    Vermont
    Nice job!! Did you go with 34" scale? I like the toaster in the neck position too.
     
  12. wilfred

    wilfred

    Jun 17, 2012
    Whats the long strap button stick thing sticking out of the horn?
     
  13. basmansam

    basmansam Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    Vermont
    Straplock extender
     
  14. Modern Growl

    Modern Growl Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2005
    NY/NJ Metro Area
    hardware too shiny
    need muriatic acid


     
  15. topo morto

    topo morto

    Mar 22, 2010
    Lloegyr
    Any links to these as an available product?
     
  16. 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. 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 Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    Highlands Ranch, CO.
    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

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    Yes 34" ... it works better than 30" with a B

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

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    Total DIY from parts from a local hardware store.
     
  21. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    They are actually older style Rickenbacker knobs ... they were there in my shop so I used them.
     



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