My bro's multiscale Coco 6 string

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  1. T2W

    T2W

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    Well, some of you might remember the 'cocobass' I was building, I started it a year and a half ago and Ive had every possible problem with it (fretboard unglued due to ignorance {acetone on coco} , broken glue joints everywhere due to liquid hide glue) in fact the only thing it didnt do is spontaneously combust... anyways I went completely berserk last week and ended the night with a bonfire, case of beer, and the cocobass, not to mention a bit of regret... Now I am expecting some of you to knock at my door with pitchforks. So now that this bass is no more, I feel relieved, and I have to give a bass to my brother since the coco bass was, originally, for him. So we decided he would take the multiscale which I have been wanting to finish so bad for a while. So here it goes...

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    I finished shaping it this week, next up is the bridge, then the pickups (my own)

    -Cocobolo top on Spalted Maple on Khaya Mahogany
    -Mahogany, Wenge, Padauk and curly Maple neck
    -Curly Maple 24 fret board with Wenge/Padauk binding
    -Red LEDs, I forget the Ohms... I can explain how I did it if asked.
    -35.5 - 32.5 scales
    -Tremblay bridge (new design !) and single coil pickups.
    -Gold Ultralites, knobs and locks.
  2. Jeronimofesto

    Jeronimofesto Luthier: JC Basses

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    Really clean work, it looks great! How were the LEDs? Any issues installing them? Just wondering because I might do that sometime.
  3. eleonn

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    Mario could post a pics of the back/front of the headstock-nut/volute?
  4. jordan_frerichs

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  6. T2W

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    hey Enrique buddy, Headstock will wait a bit since it aint to my liking... yet. And well when I dont quite like something, ahmmm, I either destroy it, or at the least, not show it. There will be more progress pics on Sunday when I work on these basses.

    Jared, It costs about 2.50$ to do leds on a bass, seriously, a pack of 10 leds are about 1.49, then resistances are about 4cents each, and I used telephone wire (1 of the 4) at about 11cents a foot. The real pita is to figure out how to run the wires properly... example, I had to route out 2 channels on the side of the neck blank, one for the pups at about 5/8 from the top, and then another at 1 1/4 for the leds. Reason for this is, evidently you run the wire before gluing the wings, you dont destroy the wire when routing the pup cavities. I also had to do the CC before. But in the end, when I see peoples faces when I show them, and also since its a 150$ upgrade with most builders, i guess its worth it.
  7. pilotjones

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    That looks really nice. Can't wait to see more of it.
  8. UncleBalsamic

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    Wow! That's really great - I love me some fanned frets!
  9. jordan_frerichs

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    wow. leds are that cheap to do!!!! I am going to led the hell out of my next project!
  10. wilser

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    that's the cost of materials only, no labor included in that price, of course. That's where most of the upgrade cost comes from.
  11. T2W

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    Finally got some work done on this one. Pickups are coming along tomorrow and should be ready for winding, bridge is taking shape. Pickup cavities are done. I get the equal spacing between the holes with spacers, I got inspired by the fingerjoint jigs.

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    It was a tad more complicated on this one since the tailpiece is on a 16degree angle.. So I set the drill press table on a 16degree angle. Like I said, simple.
  12. bassmanhamilton

    bassmanhamilton Supporting Member

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    Very Nice, I love Cocobolo!
  13. pilotjones

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    That looks really nice, the shape, the wood combination and everything. What is the tan wood in the neck, khaya like the wings?
  14. T2W

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    yep, it's khaya alright. I love it but I try not to use it too often (not only in basses)
  15. bassmanhamilton

    bassmanhamilton Supporting Member

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    What type of finish are you planning on using over the Cocobolo?
  16. sargebaker

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    Ouin... Toute une bass hein? Sacréfice!

    du beau travail
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  17. T2W

    T2W

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    Merci ! Thanks ! Im planning on finishing it with Polyurethane. Its kinda slow right now cuz im moving into a bigger better more equipped shop... takes time.
  18. sargebaker

    sargebaker

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    One that's a little closer to town?
  19. rdcalab

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    I wish you were my brother.
  20. T2W

    T2W

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    nope, St-Eustache buddy. I cant stand the city, driving my van in the city, one way streets in the city, no parking in the city... I like the north shore better. See ya soon at our g2g in my new shop !
  21. sargebaker

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    Hrm, I wasn't familiar with this GTG, but PM me the details (if/when you have them) I'll definately try to make it!

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