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Warmoth build & fretless fingerboard coating - lots of pics

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jim Nazium, Dec 25, 2013.


  1. Jim Nazium

    Jim Nazium Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    Takoma Park, MD (DC)
    This was my first time with both the build and the fingerboard coat, so I was a little nervous.

    1. Looks like I have all the parts. Alder body, maple / ebony fretless neck, vintage pearl pickguard, EMG pickups, lots of screws. The body is not as red as it looks here, it's more of a charcoal color.
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    2. Drilling holes for the bridge. Measure twice, drill once.
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    3. Lots of little wires ... I feel a headache coming on. At least I don't need to solder anything; it's all plug-in connectors.
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    4. Coating the fingerboard with super glue, following the instructions on the Stewmac web site. Hope I don't ruin the neck!
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    5. After a few more coats, before sanding
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    6. Installing the pickups, pickguard, and control plate while the super glue dries. This is a better representation of the color.
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    7. The fingerboard after sanding and polishing. It turned out really well, IMHO, and wasn't all that difficult
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    8. Who cares, wake me up when it's dinner time
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    9. All done! There were a few things that required use of a Dremel tool - the battery box didn't quite fit, neither did the tuners - but nothing major. I'm pretty happy with it. Looks nice, plays easy, and sounds good.
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  2. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Wow! Very nice looking bass! What's the total in parts cost...if you don't mind?
     
  3. Jim Nazium

    Jim Nazium Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    Takoma Park, MD (DC)
    Thanks, it was about $1100 all in.
     
  4. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    Got a link to those instructions? I just cruised through teh StewMac site and couldn't find anything pertaining to How To Coat A Fretless Fingerboard. Thanks.

    And btw, that bass looks awesome. Nice work!
     
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  6. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Beautiful bass !
     
  7. Jim Nazium

    Jim Nazium Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    Takoma Park, MD (DC)
    Here's the link:
    http://www.stewmac.com/tsarchive/ts0139.html
     
  8. pfox14

    pfox14

    Dec 22, 2013
    I use Teak Oil to coat my FBs. Can get it at Home Depot. Just wipe on a little every 6 months or so.
     
  9. Neener

    Neener Grumpy Old Dog

    Feb 25, 2007
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    Wow, stunning.
     
  10. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
  11. That board looks like glass . Nice color for the body as well. Great job and very satisfying I 'm sure.