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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

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    Location:
    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

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

    Jim Nazium Supporting Member

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    Thanks, it was about $1100 all in.
     
  4. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

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    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

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    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Beautiful bass !
     
  7. Jim Nazium

    Jim Nazium Supporting Member

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    Here's the link:
    http://www.stewmac.com/tsarchive/ts0139.html
     
  8. pfox14

    pfox14

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    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 Supporting Member

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    Mechanicsburg, PA
    Wow, stunning.
     
  10. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

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  11. TN WOODMAN

    TN WOODMAN

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    Smyrna, Tennessee.
    That board looks like glass . Nice color for the body as well. Great job and very satisfying I 'm sure.
     

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