New Build: Fretless Jazz Bass

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  1. joeyl

    joeyl Supporting Member

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    New build starting:

    I have this American Standard Jazz neck that I epoxied with System3 Mirrorcoat a while back.

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    I had given up on playing fretless and tried to sell it but nobody would buy it so my wife was saying that I could put together a bass for my daughter since she has great interest in music :)

    I also have this EMG JVX set in my parts drawer, they are my favorite active pickups

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    I have a black MIM Jazz body that needs the pickup routs cleaned up, the ears area are too small for regular sized J pickup cases. The screw holes were a mess from factory and I will be using this contraption instead of drilling new screw holes

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    Those were made by TBer pulplogic and given to me to review, which I never had the chance to since having to move across the country to Ft Bliss. I am also using socket head screws that look pretty cool IMO.

    Since these take up some space, and the EMG pickups are also taller with their connectors, I will have to deepen the routs by a 1/4" at least.
  2. joeyl

    joeyl Supporting Member

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    see what the ears looks like as compared to my routing template

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  3. joeyl

    joeyl Supporting Member

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    Starting. I am working outside since I don't have a dust collection system. I can just use the leaf blower when I am done and push everything onto the lawn :)

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    Almost done, just need to use the tiny router bit to clean up the corners

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    Cleaned up

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  4. joeyl

    joeyl Supporting Member

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    The neck rout is a "pool" rout so no template required, just use the pattern bit to follow the cavity

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    yep, it's alder

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  6. joeyl

    joeyl Supporting Member

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    Since it is going to be an active bass, need to do a battery compartment in the back. Use Forstner bit in a drill press to hog out the wood

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    Almost there

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    Drilled the wire channel to connect the compartment to the control cavity with long drill bit

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    Done

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    The battery compartment is close to the "bridge grounding wire" hole.

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    you can see it at the bottom of the rout
  7. joeyl

    joeyl Supporting Member

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    And here is how the mounting plates work

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  8. joeyl

    joeyl Supporting Member

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    Bridge ground wire soldered to a piece of copper. EMG says it is not needed but I rather have it.

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    Hipshot Vintage Bridge installed. Of course the screws went in crooked in the body and the last couple of turns were tight because the side of the screws were rubbing against the bridge plate. They don't have drill presses at Fender Mexico?

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  9. joeyl

    joeyl Supporting Member

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    Pickup mounting plates are in. Overkill, yes but a little over-engineering never hurt anybody

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    Check neck and pickup alignments

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    not bad.

    Almost done, just need to do control cavity shield and connect the EMG pots.
  10. joeyl

    joeyl Supporting Member

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    There she is!
    Front

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    Back

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  11. Marial

    Marial Pooped Supporting Member

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    Nicely done!
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  12. hasbeen

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    I think it looks great. Outstanding work, attention to detail ane execution. Well done....wish I could play it.
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