Special Edition Build off - Blue Flame Maple PJ 4-5 conversion

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by /\/\3phist0, Jun 6, 2020.

  1. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets.

    Four string unknown Ash body, Flame maple cap.
    G&L L2500 Tribute neck (enroute)
    Finish will be Artist Oil Pain stain (cobalt blue)
    Wipe on Poly
    Bridge Hipshot Type A
  2. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
    Pretty top!
  3. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets.

    Here it is wet
    the top is 1/8 thick not a thin veneer.
    The plan is to stain it first with Lamp Black oil paint, to pop the grain
    Followed by Cobalt Blue Artist oil paint.
    Will stain both front and back (back being swamp ash)
    Using Japan Drier to speed the process.
    Then Wipe-on Oil based urethane.
    I will also stain the Headstock to match (not flamed, will possibly veneer with flame, we'll see :) )
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2020
  4. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets.

    IMG_20200609_200940485.jpg IMG_20200609_200953981.jpg IMG_20200609_200805828.jpg IMG_20200609_200911586.jpg Stained and sealed.
    Still waiting for the neck.
  5. dwizum


    Dec 21, 2018
    That looks good!

    I was really confused with the first pics because it looked like the pickup routes were cut all the way through the body, but now I see that it's just the case that the dust/marks/whatever on the bottoms of the cavities just happens to "match" the carpet you had laid it on!
  6. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets.

    Slight change, this bass will get a Hipshot Kickass Bridge.
    Update: the neck will arrive Monday.
    Will carve the neck pocket then
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  7. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets.

    Quick mockup , urethane needs to cure a bit before sand and polish.
    Mockup .
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  8. Niiice!
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  9. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets.

    Likely going to be able to wet sand and buff tomorrow. Possibly assemble also.
    Routed the neck pocket today. Nice tight fit, WHEW. First time running a router in 20 years!!
    @Scoops I entered the 3 projects in front of me, with hopes this would motivate me to complete them.
    This one and the other 5 string conversion may be finished tomorrow .
    Fun to get back at it first major projects in decades!
    Thanks for lighting the fire.
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  10. Good job. I watched the Highline Guitars guy do an artist oil finish, so I decided to try one but couldn't make it work out. Yours looks very nice.

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  11. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets.

    Highline was the inspiration.
    Thanks for the compliment.

    NEVER doing it again.
    Messy, expensive and too much rubbing.
    Keda Dye works faster and cleaner without the smelly chems, I've used that on other non MI projects.
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  12. yeah, I totally agree on the mess. When I went to rub the oil paint on, it was just a greasy smear. Hard to remove too. I ended up using a t-shirt dye I got at Hobby Lobby that was perfect.

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  13. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets.

    Missed the deadline, but:
    Ivory knobs will be here tomorrow .
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  14. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets.

    Well !!!
    The knobs showed up!
    Looks fantastic with the ivory EMG P5J set, and the maple Tribute neck.
    This started out as a Guitarfetish factory clearance body 4 string.
    Flame Maple cap, white ash body.
    I stained the body a deep blue and finished with Helmsman Spar Urethane.
    The results with the artist oil were not what I was shooting for, but happy enough lesson learned. Keda dye next time, and wipe on poly.
    I routed to fit the G&L neck.
    Asian tuners.
    Hipshot Kick-Ass bridge.
    DR Pure blues.
    First EMG equipped Bass I've had in decades.

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  15. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets.

    Dubbed it Blueberries n' Cream

    Result is heavy, just under 11Lbs.
    Balances nicely though. The front pin I rotated toward the body to change the leverage point, and that helps.
    The Tribute neck is chunky but feels nice the frets were well dressed by the previous owner (Thanks @spectorj )

    Tone with the EMG's is great, the balance between the pickups is nice. (VVT)
    Moving the neck joint farther into the body, both because of the additional fret, the heel is extended and squared.
    Back of the neck carve was brought closer to the body join for a smoother transition.
    Moved the bridge back, this effectively moved the relational pickup locations towards the neck @ 1/2 inch.
    Fattened things up nicely. The fourth knob is a dummy, broken pot to fill the hole that pre-existed.
    It has a Switchcraft 152b barrel jack on the lower bout.

    Hmm, what weird-O doo-hickey do I put under the "Producer" knob.?
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2020
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  16. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Really nice outcome.
    "Produce" knob? Some nice fresh peaches.
    "Producer" knob"? Your choice.
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  17. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets.

    LOL caught me.

    Fixed: Producer
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  18. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Nice work!
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  19. robert43


    Jun 5, 2007
    Very nice . 1 thing I dont like about the G & L head stock is that bottom horn / bump on it If it was me I would have cut it ( but thats my thoughts only)
  20. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets.

    The eye gouger. It screams G&L.
    That's why I left it :)
    Almost shaped it to this
    But due to the cramped space on the back of the 3x2 head stock, it was not possible.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2020
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