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Special Edition Build Off - Bo Diddley goes to the Post Office

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by postalflunkie, Mar 26, 2020 at 2:54 PM.


  1. postalflunkie

    postalflunkie Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2013
    Westerville, Ohio
    I've actually been thinking of this project for a couple years now. When it's finished it will find a home hanging in the lobby at my post office. Who knows maybe I'll go in during the christmas season on my days off and play carols for the customers

    This is my plan, Bo Diddley Gretch style bass. You know, the big cigar box looking thing... well anyway, here's what I've got in mind.

    Five piece maple & walnut neck
    Recycled 30" bound fretboard, sourced a couple years ago from an old Teisco bass
    Thunderbird-ish headstock, reshaped to resemble the USPS eagle logo
    Bound, maple box body with birch front and back
    Single coil P-bass pickup
    Some old tuners and bridge I had in the parts box.

    So here we go, first up I went through all the wood I had leftover and think I found enough maple for a neck blank and the body frame. The birch ply I had from another project that never took off.

    20200326_132858.jpg

    You can see I already made a template for the headstock (last year I think).
    The face of the body will have a stretched image of one the most famous stamp errors ever printed, the 1918 Inverted Jenny. I'll have it printed on a single sheet and ModPodge it on the front. The sides and back will be stained red of course.
    stamp.jpg

    Ok wish me luck...
     
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2020 at 3:29 PM
  2. postalflunkie

    postalflunkie Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2013
    Westerville, Ohio
    I figured I had all this stuff out, might as well spread some glue and dust off the clamps.
    20200326_135538.jpg
    Looks like the middle strip of maple might have a light flame to it, we'll see after this goes through the planer.
     
  3. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Hey, I love it!

    But - who is Princess Ted? :whistle:
     
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  4. postalflunkie

    postalflunkie Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2013
    Westerville, Ohio
    That weirdo that comes around when my fat thumbs collide with autocorrect :thumbsup:

    But thanks, I changed that...
     
  5. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    Thought maybe we were in for some royal jammie pants... :roflmao:
     
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  6. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Kentucky
    Subscribed! Looking forward to this.

    I used parts from a Gretsch TK300 to make my Bo Diddley bass back in the 90's. The rest of the parts were purchased from an ex Baldwin exec who sold parts a guitar shows. It was a fun project but alas, the SS neck was just too small for me. Still have the neck [if anyone is interested] and most of the parts but used the PU in another build.

    My bandmates said I was up a creek with a paddle.
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    Bo Diddley Bass.jpeg
     
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  7. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Heck yea, cool concept :thumbsup:

    Sub'd
     
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  8. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
    Love it!
     
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  9. rogerbmiller

    rogerbmiller Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2003
    NYC
    Subbed
     
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  10. postalflunkie

    postalflunkie Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2013
    Westerville, Ohio
    Clamps off and cleaned it up a little with a hand plane. Tomorrow I'll run it through the big planer, cut the headstock angle and hopefully cut the truss rod channel.
    20200327_200439.jpg
     
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  11. postalflunkie

    postalflunkie Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2013
    Westerville, Ohio
    Through the planer, all nice and smooth (and square). And got the headstock angle cut. I've never done in line tuners before, the added length really doesn't allow for as much angle on the two inch thick neck blank that I'm use to making. I'm hoping a seven degree angle is sufficient, if not I'll have to consider a string retainer.
    20200329_114905.jpg
     
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  12. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    IMO seven degrees is enough.
     
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  13. postalflunkie

    postalflunkie Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2013
    Westerville, Ohio
    All of my 2+2 headstock come in around ten to eleven degrees, just never cut one so shallow before.
    Thanks for the input, definitely makes me feel a little bit easier about it.
     
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  14. postalflunkie

    postalflunkie Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2013
    Westerville, Ohio
    Truss rod channel cut and headstock wings glued on.
    20200329_150652.jpg
     
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  15. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    Ken Parker researched neck angles and came to the conclusion that 4.25 degrees is the minimum break over angle required to keep most strings in their slots. Id like to post it, I cannot for the life of me find that article right now... :bookworm:
     
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