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Shell Pink Precision

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Hopkins, Jun 30, 2013.

  1. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    I'm starting a new build

    Specs

    Alder Bodied Precision, shell pink, or as close to it as my paint guy can get.
    Maple neck I got from the TB classifieds, white binding, MOP blocks
    Babicz bridge
    Fender 62 pickup
    Aged pearloid pick guard.

    First I reshaped the headstock.
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    Body cut out and cleaned up on the sander.
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    Next step is to carve the arm relieve and tummy cut. When the pick guard gets here I will rout the pickup cavity.

    The neck pocket is a nice tight fit.
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    The headstock with the the first coat of finish and label applied. I used a trans tint dye to match the amber tint to the headstock.
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  2. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    I use my Shinto saw rasp to do the belly cut

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    I use my disk sander for the fore arm relief
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    Then everything gets cleaned up with the random orbital
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    I moved all of the tools I can outside, Its been 107 outside and completely unbearable in my shop which is a metal building with no AC
  3. Splods

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    Looking cool. What's the story behind this bass?
  4. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    No much of a story really. I don't have a regular P bass at the moment, and I like the color combination of shell pink, maple, and pearl.

    It's one of four builds I am starting, two guitars I am building for clients are also going to be shell pink, so I figured I would start a build for my self and kill 3 birds with one spray gun. The other is going to be a short scale, sea foam green, p bass.
  5. SaintMez

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    Gonna be cool to watch this..shell pink is an awesome choice.
  6. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    Bridge position located and installed
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    I decided that the tummy cut needed to be deeper so I cut it deeper.
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    Next I cut the round over, and routed the body cavities.
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    Then I fitted the new pick guard that finally came in. So here is where we are at now.
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    I took alot more pictures of my progress up to this point, but for some reason they disappeared from my phone.
  7. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    Got the body in sealer. I used the same two part VOC urethane clear I would use for a natural finish, or clear over a flake finish. In this case I am using a single stage urethane color coat that does not need a clear.

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  8. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    I wet sanded the body down with 400 grit until there were no shiny spots left. Then applied the color coat. Which is a Nason single stage urethane.

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    After spraying I let it set up for about half an hour then I bring it inside out of the humidity to dry.

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    Tomorrow I will block sand it down with 400 grit and get it level, and if need be spray one more color coat.

    Thanks for watching.
  9. Bassdirty

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    Nice.. cant wait to see the finished product.
    I love that color w/ pealoid PG.
  10. bjabass

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    Going to be sweet. Sub'd
  11. elgecko

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    Nooooooo! :eek:

    That's more like it! :cool:
  12. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    There is a reason that red tort guard isnt on any of my basses. Its disgusting looking. I was just using it to make sure everything was lining up right.
  13. pilotjones

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    Ok, so that appears to be a two-part urethane. So what does single-stage mean?
  14. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    It doesnt require a clear coat, as apposed to a base coat/clear coat system.
  15. JIO

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    Disclosures:
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    :cool: cool-mo-dee Hopkins, I'm on board.
  16. SaintMez

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    I dig it! Looking very clean. Would like your opinion on the Babicz bridge when it's all said and done. They look nice and solid.
  17. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member

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    Thanks man
  18. pilotjones

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    Thanks.
  19. Hopkins

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    Its actually an 8:1:2 mixture. 8 parts finish, 1 part hardener, 2 parts reducer.
  20. Hopkins

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    Ill let you know how I like it when its time to do the set up, but from looking at it and taking it apart, it is the most solid bridge I have ever seen.

    My local Guitar Center had two of them on clearance for $52 each. I bought both of them, thinking I could sell one of them and nearly recoup all of my money, but after looking at how well it is made I decided to keep it for a future project.

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