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de afwerking mk4-4++ - blablas has that building itch again

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by blablas, Jul 12, 2014.


  1. It's a long time ago I updated something on this build, been busy with other small projects and fooling around with another new toy, a NS-NXT-5 (lefty).
    I also did not feel the urge do something on this build, it's finally starting to itch again so I'm hoping to start doing things with this one later on this month, but first I need to finish my Harley Benton PB-Shorty to MMB-Shorty conversion.
     
  2. Progress!
    I finally spent some time on this build again.
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    Leveled the fingerboard and sanded it up to grain 1000, there are two coats of Danish oil on it now, I need to do one or two more to keep the fingerboard clean and protected when I'm putting in the frets and finish them off.
     
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    Hammering in the frets.
     
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  4. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Blablas
    Any radius on the FB? Looks dead flat in the photos. What type/size frets?
     
  5. gsnad2000

    gsnad2000 Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2011
    Boston
    Owner of Wrong Way Customs
    ^ I was just going to ask the same thing.
     
  6. No Radius, I prefer a flat fingerboard.
    The frets are stainless steel, fairly small, I haven't got a clue as far as type goes, I bought them through Ebay based on their size and material.
     
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  7. gsnad2000

    gsnad2000 Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2011
    Boston
    Owner of Wrong Way Customs
    They look really small. I like the look but have never played a bass with such small frets. It must feel different. I was just looking back trying to find what wood you used on that fretboard. Its gorgeous.
     
  8. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD

    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    Looks like padauk. Mando frets are nice. I have some, but haven't used them yet. I'm thinking about using them on a 6 i've started.
     
  9. I haven't played one with such small frets either, that's why I went for those, just to find out how they feel.
    The fingerboard is indeed padauk, beautiful wood and really nice to work with, the only major disadvantage is the orange dust that seems to get everywhere.
     
  10. daveman50

    daveman50 Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    Westchester County NY
    At first glance, I thought it was a lined fretless.
    Beautiful work.
     
  11. All the frets are in.

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    Filled the voids between the fret and fret-slot with CA glue.
     
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  12. That would be thick fret lines, being two millimeters wide.:)
     
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    Finished off the edges of the frets on the low string side.
     
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  14. daveman50

    daveman50 Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    Westchester County NY
    At my age... as the eyes start to go .... that would be perfect. :)
     
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  15. scourgeofgod

    scourgeofgod

    Aug 17, 2006
    Great work, that fretboard is gorgeous
     
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    Finished off the fret ends on the other side of the neck and leveled the frets.
     
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  17. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Looking forward to your neck carving process, please post photos!
     
  18. I will, don't worry.;)
    Neck carving is the most fun and rewarding part of building a bass, especially the volute.
     
  19. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Blablas
    Getting close to my first neck carve, and properly terrified. I've watched tons of videos, no substitute for actually doing it, of course. Surprising how much variety in approach there is. Will stay tuned.
     
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    Leveled the heel of the neck and roughly sawed it to thickness.

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    Routed the neck pocket.

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    The first time the two parts meet.
     
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