Buckeye patch

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by xqusemuah, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. thinking about installing a different preamp in my bass with a buckeye top. This would require re drilling several of the holes. I do still have some of the buckeye material for the patches.... any suggestions for making this look seamless?

    PS Bass is finished with satin nitro
  2. Is there a preamp you can buy configured to your current layout? I would think that would be the preferable route as opposed to patching and refinishing.
  3. of course, but the one I really want is a different lay out
  4. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    Without looking at pics...if it's bookmatched, you could dig out the screw hole a bit to make it irregular, do a nearly identical one on the upper bout, and then fill them both with epoxy to match. If done with care and detail, they could look like they were there in the first place...
  5. Splods


    Oct 7, 2012
    Adelaide, SA
    Because of the nature of the figure, I don't think it could be patched easily, as the grain is quite random. I would suggest finding a way to make the other preamp work.

    Why does it need to be re drilled? is it the layout that you don't like? or is there restrictions on distance between pots?
  6. I would suggest redoing the wiring with longer wire before drilling new holes. I agree with Splods, it's going to be near impossible to make the plugs invisible.

    If for some reason you can't replace the entire wire, (i.e. modular plugs or something) you can cut and solder in a length of wire in the middle, and cover the splice with a length of shrink tubing. Just work on one wire at a time and make sure you have a good solder joint.
  7. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    ^ big time the filling will stick out like a sore thumb
  8. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    I'm guessing he wants a preamp that has the pots directly mounted to the board and does not allow for easy rewiring?
  9. That is correct!
  10. Splods


    Oct 7, 2012
    Adelaide, SA
    I don't think that will work well for you then. I would suggest looking at a different preamp , because I wouldn't want to patch that even if I was Vinny Fodera
  11. Smilodon

    Smilodon Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2012
    Just desolder pots and switches from the PCB on the preamp and put some short pieces of wire between the PC and pots. Shouldn't be any problem. At least it should be way easier than patching holes in figured wood.

  12. best idea yet, thanks
  13. kris pung

    kris pung

    Jul 25, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    I'd just use dumbie pots/knobs to fill the holes.