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NBBD: New Bass Build Day

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mammoth_Bass, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. Mammoth_Bass

    Mammoth_Bass Check out my band Mammothor!! Supporting Member

    May 2, 2016
    Sandown, NH
    hey guys, lately I have found a lot of fun in putting together my own builds with the parts I like best. This is my newest bass I assembled. I had been searching hi and lo for a midnight wine body and TBer @Nedmundo was able to help me out. Also have a wiring harness from @Gord_oh, custom decal by @lavmonga and various other parts from the classifieds. The neck was purchased new from Stratosphere and is a tinted 75 reissue.

    The most frustrating part of this build was shaping and installing the nut. I started with a slotted bone nut that I sanded too much. I ended up with a Fender Jazz nut. However the most frustrating part of this was due to the neck binding. Many of my other blocked and bound necks have a notch in the binding so the nut can slide in and out. This neck does not! So after lots of time sanding and double checking I felt the nut was ready. (Mind you I chipped some finish on the neck in the process).

    Anyways I tapped the nut in and the g string side of the binding came undone and a sliver of wood cracked! I slathered wood glue over it and clamped it over night. It’s not perfect but it seems to work.

    I am looking for advice for installing nuts on these necks as I want to order another for a different body.

    Also I have shimmed the neck and action is still higher than I would like. I do not feel the nut slots need to be filed and bridge saddles are bottomed. I tried my best to show all of this in photos.

    ANYWAYS I think once the action is set this will be a real player. It has my favorite combo of CS 62 pups and Daddario nylon tapes. Any advice is appreciated.

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  2. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Lookin' Good
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  3. lavmonga


    Jul 27, 2007
    New York, NY
    I'l tell you what, the new bass looks great! But those Moniker guitars and basses are pretty hot as well.
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  4. Mammoth_Bass

    Mammoth_Bass Check out my band Mammothor!! Supporting Member

    May 2, 2016
    Sandown, NH
    I have another Moniker coming Wednesday! I really like them E0E0DCD3-80F2-4AB3-AB47-7524F860348D.
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  5. milo


    Jul 22, 2004
    Strings are to high. around 1,5 milimeters for flatwounds works for me
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  6. BruceWane


    Oct 31, 2002
    Houston, TX
    You've checked the relief? Assuming the relief is good, it looks to me like your only real choice is a bit more shim.

    If the action was a bit closer to good, you could perhaps file the bridge saddle slots a little deeper. But from what it looks like, to get it to where you want it to be you'd have to take off so much that you risk having too little string break angle.
  7. Mammoth_Bass

    Mammoth_Bass Check out my band Mammothor!! Supporting Member

    May 2, 2016
    Sandown, NH
    Thanks for the tips. I loosened the truss rod and started over again with the shim etc and got the action at about 1.25mm. Much better! Thanks again
  8. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi Mammoth :)

    no secret: I am a big fan of black block inlays...

    and I love wine!!! ;)

    Happy NBD!!! I send you a big :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D (cheeeeeeeese!) :hyper::hyper::hyper:




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