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Love this bass. Just really need some room and looking for a good 5-string. YouTube demo in my signature.
Aircraft grade aluminum body
I realize I may be one of just a few, if not the only owner who joins. However, I can hardly imagine a cooler looking concept than these aircraft...
Inlays are from a P51 decal set. Pinup girl on the 1st fret is hard to see. Note the white invasion stripes act as inlays on frets 5,7,9 and...
All done up and ready to go. Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounders, Gotoh bridge, vintage-style knobs...juicy.
Carefully chosen strap and everything.
The lower side 'dots' and 'inlays.'
Side dots came from the same P51 decal set as the 'inlays'.
Pinup girl is easier to see
Oops. Laid her on a string a few days after painting, then on an odd part of the case a couple weeks after finishing. Surprised the latter did...
What's a WWII aircraft without a pinup girl?
This may be helpful to see. This is a primary inspiration for the design
The pickups aren't in but I wanted to see what she'd more or less look like. The bullet hole was a band-aid. The body was upside-down on the...
This is a roll of duct tape wrapped around the pickguard.
Painting is pretty much done
I cut off the section of the pick guard that goes on the right side of the neck since I cut the body away there.
Back of the neck.
Painter's tape over the freshly scraped (to remove paint) frets. I applied a layer of gloss lacquer, added the 'inlay' decals, and then sprayed...
The invasion stripes and blue that was there before pulled off. I was so mad. I hand-painted the non-silver parts. The rivets were done with a...
Metallic silver paint, semi-gloss white and black, and hand-painted midsection with Testor's silver to fix overspray. I believe these stripes...
Just primer, black, and white (silver to come)
It's ready to paint.
Hand filing and sanding the cutaway.
Smoothed out with hand sanding.
I used the drill to speed up the cutaway process
Sanded body and first cut on the horn.
Cheap chinese dime pots. The knobs broke when I turned them.
The broken knob. Cheap pots wouldn't turn.
$50 for all this. Owner wasn't sure what brand anything was, he guessed maybe Eden necks. I wanted a fun project, and a lefty bass (I'm a...