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NBD - Free Bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Volker Kirstein, Apr 7, 2020.

  1. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug Supporting Member

    Tuners hath arriven.

    Wait. What? I have to take it apart to get at the hulls and washers?!?!

    Wait. What? It won't fit with the washer installed?!?!

    Wait. What? The screws are too long?!?!

    Wait. What? After all that I end up with tall stovepipes?!?!

    *sigh* Maybe they'll work for the Yellowjacket project, which will also need black 2L+2R tuners. In the meantime, these are packed back away, and the search for tuners begins again.
    Last edited: May 18, 2020
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  2. Hurricane Jimmie

    Hurricane Jimmie Supporting Member

    So Anyway, this is fun.
    Thanks for posting.
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  3. tubatodd

    tubatodd Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    I'm going to go out on a limb and say that something is seriously wrong with those tuners.
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  4. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug Supporting Member

    Another set of tuners has been found, and are in my shopping basket. These should fit. I thought that about the last ones, too. I looked at these really hard, and feel confident that they will.

    I also checked my clear coat supply. Good thing I did, the can is dangerously low! So, a can of clear coat has also been put in the basket, as well.

    I looked at the body in bright sunlight, and there's a matte spot with a straight border. So... another coat or two of green.
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  5. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug Supporting Member

    Clear coat hath arriven. Now I have to wait for the rain to stop.
  6. EddiePlaysBass


    Feb 26, 2009
    Subbed. Interesting thread!
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  7. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug Supporting Member

    A third spray of clear coat has been applied.

    I may be able to start on the back this afternoon, and hope to start actual assembly before the end of the month.

    Tracking the 2nd new tuners, they've arrived in Germany, and are sitting in the customs warehouse. They should be arriving in the next two weeks.

    The original new tuners will go onto the Yellowjacket project, which I hope to start in July.

    For the electronics, I've settled on a 500K VVT jazz harness.

    As far as the pickups go, I don't know. The original pickups are OK, if a little anemic. I have a Tonerider TP1 I can put in the P position, but nothing to match it in the J. I can pick up a Warman Stealth for about €25, which would probably pair well. But then the pickups are worth more than the bass, and would have to be replaced with the originals anyway should I decide to sell it. I'll probably just use the originals, and upgrade should I decide to keep it.
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  8. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug Supporting Member

    So. It's been a while.

    I had decided that enough clear coat was applied, and it was time to start buffing it up. I ordered a set of buffing wheels. This was a few weeks ago.

    Today, I finally decided to start. I put the coarse wheel on the adapter, chucked it to the drill, and off I went.

    First, when I hit the edge of the neck pocket, and neck pickup, it started shredding, flinging foam dust about.

    Then, when I moved to the area around the controls, the clear coat started smearing! I'm assuming this happened from pressing too hard, and having it melt... and that I need to use less pressure in the future.

    Blä. Now I have to sand it all smooth again, and reapply clear coat.
  9. TrevorG


    Nov 30, 2012
    Netflix(second season)!
  10. Cool project! Looking forward to its continuation...
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  11. Bleecker

    Bleecker Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2006
    Westport NY. USA
    Cool project. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress.

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  12. MrMoonlight

    MrMoonlight Bottom feeder

    Sep 2, 2008
    Do not put any pressure on the buffer at all. It's not necessary. And don't stay in one place to long...that's what causes heat build-up.

    Also, I don't use a wheel on anything except the final buff out with polishing compound. I do everything by hand with a block (pad for edges) and wet-sanding with progressively finer grits up to 3000. I use the wheel just for the final "mirror gloss" finish. Works well for me. YMMV.

    Hope you get the bass finished up soon. I'm anxious to see how it turns out and how it sounds.
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  13. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    some aerosol sprays never really get that hard. i have no experience with the one you used, but perhaps it's the fault of the product? just a thought.
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  14. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hallo Volker :)

    Frogs don't like when you squeeze them too hard! :D

    Dry buffing (with the wheel) is too hot for some rattle can finishes. (IME)

    Did you use a "car paint"? It should be hard enough not to melt when you use a liquid to cool it down!

    Get a polishing cream (for cars) and apply less pressure! :thumbsup:

    Aller Anfang ist schwer! :)

    Have fun

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  15. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    The hex keys are probably imperial instead of metric. Run into that a lot over here. Nothing a hardware store can't fix.
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2020
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  16. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    That's actually a decent bridge with the two tracks per saddle.
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