NEW BASS DAY!! (cool to me anyway)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by psus16, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. psus16


    Dec 20, 2008
    I know I don't post often, but I'm out here READING all of the time!

    Its not completely done YET, but I got my franken/custom bass back from the luthier today.

    Goncolo j-bass neck (neck and fretboard unfinished/Warmoth)
    Sherwood green b.hefner J-bass body (bought on TB from troyus)
    Fralin p/j pickups (j with a slight overwind - bought the j pickup from spellcaster on TB)

    A few "flaws"/things left to do...the luthier who put it together didn't shave the body cavity/neck to get a fender like fit with regard to the neck "height" vs the body. The warmoth neck is a bit too "deep" for the b'hefner, so the bridge saddles are WAY up there to get the action where it isn't fretting out. He wanted me to play it first before shaving the body/neck for a better fit. The pocket is TIGHT side to side, but the neck is a bit too "tall". Anyone else experience this with warmoth/b.hefner?

    Also, the magnet spacing relative to the strings isn't perfect, but I wonder if a new bridge/bridge placement could help me with that. Any thoughts on that?

    I'll get better (ie non CELLPHONE) pics/sound clips out later today.

    Thanks again to the TB'ers who sold me the body/j pickup. I think with a little extra work, this is gonna be a sweet bass.

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  2. progrmr


    Sep 3, 2008
    Columbus, Ohio
    dude I love that green color. Is that a maple neck? Looks darker than most I see but maybe that's because its untreated..??

  3. NateDogg


    Jun 19, 2009
    That's a lovely colour!
  4. troyus


    Apr 9, 2008
    San Diego, CA.
    Hey man looks great way to go glad she's being put to use. :)

    With regards to string spacing I usually go with the vintage threaded barrel saddle type bridge, then you can custom your spacing a little bit, and it has that nice vintage look too. Think 60's jazz bass style bridge...
  5. psus16


    Dec 20, 2008
    progrmr -

    Thanks for the comment on the color...I love it, and I have troyus to thank for it!

    The neck is goncolo alves...(check the warmoth site) Without plugging it in, it has a brightness is almost like a maple, but it is supposed to be closer tonally to rosewood than maple...(I supposed every neck is different) It has enough natural oils/wax/etc that it can stay unfinished. I thought it would look sweet with the sherwood green finish.