finally mastered the VIRTUAL VOLUTE!

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by frederic b. hodshon, Aug 16, 2003.

  1. i've been fighting this area for over a year now with passable results.

    but, hooray, today, i finally got the perfect blend of patches in Pro/Engineer to transition from the back of the head stock to the neck profile.


    ok, ok, its the little things.


    just an experiment, and ongoing whirling in the sand.

  2. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE

    I hear this is a really difficult thing to do on a 3D model!

    Had no doubt the F guy could do it though :D


  3. thanks JP!!!

    its really is a breakthrough for me.

    i guess its not too impressive to the public bassists at large though.

    ah well.

    i'm happy.

  4. I dunno if you'd be up for it, but Im a public bassist with no idea what that is. I'd be interested in a explanation. A volute is the raised piece before a headstock correct?

    How Will having this 3-d model help in your or others construction?

    Thanks for the answers, and hopefully they aren't over my head.
  5. Carey


    Jan 18, 2002
    Redlands, CA
    Nice work Fred,
    Now model this volute...
    ;) :p


    Or is that an easy one. I'm not too familiar with 3d modeling...
  6. i love a dare.

    it would be "easy" now.

    i'd just have to change some values.

    by the way, that's a beaut of a volute.


  7. Have you been constructing a whole bass in AutoCAD (I believe that's what you're using)? And very nice job, very elegant and subtle transition from the neck to the headstock.
  8. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    it reminds me of a tele head stock

    looks great!!!!

  9. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Fred's using Pro-E (acad doesn't have 1/10th the horsepower to do this stuff).

    Hey Fred, looking for another challenge? You could try this one (might require permission, maybe?):
  10. a volute of some shape or another is typically used in necks made of materials that need reinforcing.

    like, um....


    if you check out Zon necks, they have no volute since the composite material doesn't need the extra structural reinforcement.

    i'm constantly 3D modeling basses, etc.

    lately, i'm doing the tax paper shuffle. damn stuff is keeping me away from playing AND 3D'ing.