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Headless four string ”Brucefied”

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by MPU, Feb 24, 2018.


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  1. Looking good. There is an art to a hand rubbed burst and to a sprayed burst and they’re different skills.
     
  2. MPU

    MPU

    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
    I really agree. Airbrush is so much easier to control.
     
  3. Yes. I have a small detail gun I use. I’ve also done bursts with wipe on dyes and the hand wiped on burst looks different. No better or worse but, done right, a good different.
     
  4. MPU

    MPU

    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
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    Some progress. Frets are leveled, crowned and polished. Zero fret is also glued in the slot. Headpiece is bolted on the neck and fretboard has one coat of Liberon Finish oil.

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    And a mockup of how it will look. I’m hoping to get the bass assembled during weekend. I’ll have to take it apart after few weeks and buff the finish but in the mean time I can play it.
     
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  5. MPU

    MPU

    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
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    Here’s how strings clamp to the headpiece. Tuner is fully loose, string is bent and cut. Then string is pushed in the hole and set screw tightened from the head. No doubt the best clamp I’ve made so far. No slipping and no sharp string ends.

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    And two pics of finished bass. I just need to find strap buttons from my drawers.
    Here’s a soundclip. Neck pickup, both pickups, bridge pickup and different settings of both.

    Maihinnousu - Lataa - MPU - Brucified

    What do you say, does it have something Brucifious on the sound?
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2018
  6. jeffmensch

    jeffmensch Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2012
    Orillia, Ontario
    It sounds solid. Like whatever you put into the string is coming out the jack. Fantastic build.
     
  7. MovinTarget

    MovinTarget Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2018
    Maryland, USA
    How much for a Sixstring version of that headpiece and could I chop the head off a 6 string kit and use it? :D
     
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2018
  8. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    That's what Brucification is all about! A combination of structural improvements to make the sound on the strings very clear and defined in the deep lows and highs, while bringing in some background harmonics for warmth in the mid-range. With that in the structure, you can put in some wide range pickups and really hear what the strings are capable of.

    Those who are stuck in the Leo mindset don't realize how much sound the typical Fender-style frame removes from the strings.
     
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  9. MPU

    MPU

    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
    I suppose you could use this kind of headpiece. If truss rod adjusts at heel I see no problem, if at nut then there’s some measuring to do.
     
  10. MPU

    MPU

    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
    I played the bass this morning. It has somehow familiar sound that I couldn’t name at first. After thinking the basses I’ve made I’d say that this has very similar tone to the carbon fiber basses. Perhaps it’s the solid connections of parts that makes it.
    I think Brucification can be heard clearest at low frequencies. This bass has very solid, clear lows. I’d say that all these little things (truss rod, Brucebars, bridge block, glued frets) sum to a great sounding instrument. Worth making for sure.
     
  11. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Another very clean and technically sophisticated build, and it sounds great! May The Bruce be With You.
     
  12. MovinTarget

    MovinTarget Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2018
    Maryland, USA
    Hooboy spell check failed me there, corrected the original post because, no, i have zero interest in chopping heads off of anything but a six string bass KIT.

    I'll keep that in mind when i go to start that project (have a bass and 2 guitars to finish first!)
     
  13. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD

    May 20, 2005
    I like your little thumb-hook hacksaw.
     
  14. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    Now, that's getting a bit ridiculous. But funny, anyway!
     
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  15. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    I dunno Bruce, that has a seriously addictive ring to it... :D

    Side note: how do I update my signature? ;)
     
  16. saved

    saved

    Aug 14, 2012
    greece
    The bridge block,is made by aluminium?
     
  17. MPU

    MPU

    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
    Yes, 5mm thick aluminium.
     
  18. saved

    saved

    Aug 14, 2012
    greece
    Nice job really.
    I have see plenty of your job.If i would buy a custom bass from a luthier,you would be the first on my list
     
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  19. MovinTarget

    MovinTarget Supporting Member

    Jan 30, 2018
    Maryland, USA

    ...seeing how the master Bruce is not taking orders for singles ATM...

    I mean, do I *NEED* a "Brucified" headless 6 stringer? Prolly not... but do I want one?!?!?!?


    H E C K Y E S!!!!!
     
  20. Great work! :)
     
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