'66 dot/bound J tribute

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by JIO, Aug 8, 2013.


  1. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Thanks rocmonster- I hear you. It's really pretty interesting how at least in this case I can scratch an expensive itch in an affordable, constructive and creative way. If I had to tally up the cost, my '66 would be around the MSRP of a new/2013 MIJ '66 Jazz. (which is a shadow of it's reference and I've noticed they are selling for around 8 something on ebay new) As you've said, "for not so much coin" - which puts it in the realm of "realizing a dream for how much?" It's a Jazz bass that I feel is the essence of mid/late sixties cool. My ownership of it will be fully understand by the start of next week. (as in, finally the weekend is here to complete it!) Will it make all my other basses so much firewood? The risk of that is what makes me move forward.

    ...by the way - I love your by-line about two pieces of wood!
     
  2. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Assembled and did a basic setup yesterday, enough to play/hear it and determine what needs addressing next. I strung it with La Bella 760FS flats and they feel and sound awesome.
    The light this morning is less than ideal but here's some "finished" shots of this project bass. My T-bird coffin-lining case is a bit over the top as a backdrop but this is guitar porn after all. :smug:

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    the "money shot"
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  3. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    "Pop's" and a "Hootenanny" peg

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    Yes, I installed a neck plate coaster. Most likely not a stock item in 1966, but could have been added later... :rolleyes:

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  4. Itzayana

    Itzayana

    Aug 15, 2012
    Oakland Ca
    Like WOW Dude! Frickin' beautiful.
     
  5. bh2

    bh2

    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    I'm speechless... downloaded the pics.
     
  6. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    My '66 rep neck has been Plek'd and Dan is doing all the final dressing and set-up on the bass. When I dropped it off I told him that once I played my Supersonic after Plek - I wanted ALL my basses to feel that good! He said that's the curse of Plek. To illustrate that point, he said Steve Miller (bay area guy) had a really great sounding vintage hollow-body guitar that he never used because it felt terrible to play. He finally took it out of the closet and brought it to Gary Brawer to Plek. (probably shortly after they got their Plek machine) Once done, (and played) a truck delivered 75 of his guitars to Plek! Dan said the place was inundated with his guitars! A few were going to be used in an upcoming tour w/no test-time to determine if he'd like them or not - he was that sold after finally realizing his beloved hollow-body!

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    Since I mentioned my SS, here's a pic of the hotti and her sexy aunt
     
  7. Glazenn

    Glazenn

    May 16, 2011
    France
    This Steve Miller ?

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  8. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Got it back yesterday and as soon as I got it home I removed the amber clear off of the binding. (it's been an evolving process) It looks much better. I started w/off-white binding to begin with and the amber was just too much. It plays awesome after the Plek/set-up - all that's left is spending some quality time w/it!

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  9. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    One and the same! (some people call him the space cowboy) The pic I posted was most likely from the late 60's early 70's.

     
  10. The bass is looking great! Good move in regards to taking the dark tinted lacquer back from the cream binding. It now looks a better match with the rest of the neck.

    I'll have my Jazz completed in a few hours' time (its currently 3:00am here in Scotland.
     
  11. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Very cool Kevin - I'm so glad you got your blemish issue resolved and will be realizing your beautiful project soon - I'm still in a state of disbelief every time I see it in the room! Looking forward to seeing completed pics of your early '66 - Cheers!

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  12. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
  13. devo_stevo

    devo_stevo

    Aug 2, 2006
    Northern Utah
    Builder: Brumbaugh Guitarworks
    Those are both beautiful. Good job to the both of you!
     
  14. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    I can't put this thing down! As much as I love the way it looks w/the "F" bridge (ashtray) cover on, it was mostly installed for period authenticity and pics. (I haven't even drilled for the neck cover as I never ever use it) Usually I favor playing over the bridge pu and during the course of playing use the whole available span up to and over the neck. So much variety of tone and attack can be achieved within that prime real-estate. I do use the cover on my other 2 J's so it's more subjective than rule and I go back and forth having them on or off. Playing this one over the bridge pu just feels/sounds right.

    Here's a family portrait of my 3 J's (not counting my Supersonic); the '66 trib, my '92 American Standard "Boner", and my mongrel J. (alder/alder/alder, rosewood/rosewood/ebony, passive/passive with TBX/active & string-thru, flats/rounds/flats)

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  15. Man, that is pure sex, right there. :eek:
     
  16. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Struth! :p
     
  17. Lou Bottini

    Lou Bottini Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    NorCal
    I have had Dan Ransom build three basses. Love his work and always a pleasure to hang at the shop. He has worked his latest magic on a custom Modern Jazz that started with a hunk of flamed Koa I sourced on the Big Island. I have a beautiful PBass that started with a '72 "A" Precision neck. Dan is a great guy and highly recommended.
    That reminds me.....I need another neck.
     
  18. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Keeping the art alive! (support your local luthier!)
     
  19. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    I've been playing my '66 trib a lot since finishing/finalizing it. It didn't instantly disclose itself to me.., it's been a more of a dating time, a sussing out period. I have other basses, some of them J's - and nice ones at that. Last couple of days, I wedged a light foam 'mute' under the strings at the bridge, installed both pu covers and set my 1975 Ampeg B-15N (and a more recent Acoustic B20, which for such an inexpensive amp has such great tone!) accordingly to allow its character to shine. Not used to the restriction of both ashtrays, but as an experiment I gave it time to play out. After all of this I have seemed to hit on something special sounding - and playing, even restricted to where I can play w/the covers on I've found a certain freedom in that restriction. This bass is awesome! Maybe I have finally found it's sweet-spot.

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  20. Nice! Covers are where it's at! You'll get used to them.
    I have a B20 amp, that thing gets some really nice tone as well.
     
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