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Scarab Deluxe Bass

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by JIO, Sep 4, 2019.


  1. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    I'll ponder Bruces suggestion - perhaps there's a way I can still use it if I can also incorporate small points at the exit-hole to interface with the floor... something that looks stealthy and deliberate and provides the body to earth touch-points.
     
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  2. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Got the heads up from Pat - the Scarab body ships today so I may have it by Saturday! :hyper: This is going to be a stunner for sure - will post full pics once it's here. I have to do the neck finishing - it's been on the back burner until now, I've had a few things come up recently to attend to. This is going to be good! :bassist:
     
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  3. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    Looking forward!....:D
     
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  4. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    1935 Stout Scarab

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  5. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
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  6. rocu

    rocu

    Jan 28, 2015
    Missoula, MT
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  7. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    It only gets better from here on in!

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    Hard to make out but in person you can see the subtle wood grain through the trans green - couldn't look more perfect! Pat - is - the - man!
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    Hidden pick compartment!
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    Possible miscommunication - the black plastic control cover didn't get painted - but... I think I have a better idea anyway. I'm going to have a metal plate made and chromed - that way the rare-earth magnets only need to be imbedded on the cavity ledge and will hold the metal plate on, because it'll be metal! :thumbsup:
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  8. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Wow, that is a nice job. He managed to capture the vibe of the old school MIJ finish, but make it not as cheap-looking. This should come together quickly now, stoked to see it finished up! :thumbsup:
     
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  9. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    I just love it when they get to this stage.....Beautiful shade of green in the burst.....:thumbsup::drool:
     
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  10. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    The company known to do the green/black burst was (Jim) Burns of London - they were very copied by the '60s Japanese factories in design and finish.

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  11. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
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  12. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
  13. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    At first glance, dunno why, your headstock reminded me of this.....

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    As I said......Dunno why.....:bag:.....
     
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  14. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Scarabheadstockhunters

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  15. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
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  16. Indiedog

    Indiedog

    Aug 23, 2012
    Tucson, AZ
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  17. postalflunkie

    postalflunkie Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2013
    Westerville, Ohio
    Fantastic :thumbsup:
     
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  18. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    On to the fussy-work. The Dano specific stack-pots won't fit in my control cavity - way too long. So I got two mini-stacks/with detents. They give me plenty of room in the cavity, but the above-board section sits high. Plus, the shafts are bigger than the Dano-specific knobs/collars.
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    Sooo, I had a couple very nice nickel-chrome plated brass cabinet drawer-knob skirts that are a perfect diameter and thickness for filling the gap. And I had some red knobs with inset screws that fit the top shaft both diameter and height-wise. I just needed to open up the center hole - step drill-bits to the rescue!
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    Hogged the hole to just larger than the nut. I'll super-glue the brass collar to the black Dano collar/ring, drill a channel in the side of the Dano collar and tap it for a set-screw for locking to the shaft. As you can see in this pic, the black Dano collar hole had to be drilled bigger - original Dan knobs/collars are press-fit.
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    Next step is routing the lipstick pu openings in the pg. Shown is the Coral-style pu surrounds that Jon fabbed for me out of thin aluminum. The rest will follow.
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    Last edited: Feb 9, 2020
  19. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    Those knobs look great on that bass.....:thumbsup:
     
  20. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
    Great solution with the knob skirts:thumbsup:
     
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