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Strad would've used a laser!

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Jeff Bollbach, Mar 13, 2003.


  1. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    Thought youse guys might like a peek at this. Some time ago Arnold told me about using a laser to set a neck. I mocked him claiming I didn't need it having been born with laservision. However, when I saw it in action at his shop I realized that it was the shizznazz.
     
  2. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    on the head
     
  3. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    Apologies for the poor pics, but it was tuff to get the lighting right to see the laser line and the bass. But you can tell that the laser helps align the three crucial elements of straightness-the head[scroll], end of board, and centerline of body. If you look close on this pic you can actually see the laser line being bisected by the penciled-in centerline. Thanks, Arnold.
     
  4. Damon Rondeau

    Damon Rondeau Journeyman Clam Artist Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Winnipeg, baby
    Hee-whack. Can you take it outside to level fence posts, too?

    Lookin' good, guys.
     
  5. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY



    "Hee-whack"???
     
  6. Damon Rondeau

    Damon Rondeau Journeyman Clam Artist Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Winnipeg, baby
    Who in the hell knows where that bubbled up from. It kinda means "yee haw", or something like that.

    Now look, a few hours ago we were discussing innovation in jazz and I'm not getting stuck in a "hee whack" thing. I'll edit if I have to!
     
  7. BrandonEssex

    BrandonEssex

    Feb 21, 2003
    Berkeley, CA
    What's the difference between a hillbilly and a cajun alligator harvester...............


    When a hillbilly drives off a cliff.....
    YEEE HAAAWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    and when the cajun follows.......
    AAAAIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!
     
  8. Arnold ---
    Would you be willing to share the make and model of the laser you're using. I'm assuming it is similar to the type used for leveling ceilings, etc but turned 90 degrees.
     
  9. Pretty neat. I bet it' s a lot cleaner than snapping a chalk line.:D
     
  10. He still uses a chalk line on my bass. The part I don't like is when he drives in the nail to hold it in place.
     
  11. Damon Rondeau

    Damon Rondeau Journeyman Clam Artist Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Winnipeg, baby
    Know what? It's exactly how Norm Abrams does it. Must be right.
     
  12. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    Inlieu of Ahnold-

    www.zircon.com
    Laservision plumb pyramid

    This device does it's thing vertically. What is really cool is that it automatically adjusts to plumb if its platform is out of true by as much as 5 degrees.
     
  13. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Jefe-
    You mentioned on the phone about using it as a primitive laser show in your backyard. D'ya have any pix of that?!?!?
    Bass looks great, with a proper channel to boot.
    Good luck varnishing!
     
  14. Wow - I had no idea that these things were that inexpensive. I've got metal straight edges that cost more than one of those.
     
  15. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    Oh yeah? I've got metal straight edges that cost more than TWO of those!
     
  16. OK Jeff. I've got mine ordered. Dueling lasers at 1,000 miles!
     
  17. Damon Rondeau

    Damon Rondeau Journeyman Clam Artist Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Winnipeg, baby
    Any Frank Zappa fans out there?

    I can never think of Zircon (company making the laser plumb line) without thinking about movin' to Montana soon, gonna be a dental floss tycoon.

    Can't wait to get my zircon-encrusted tweezers.
     
  18. John Sprague

    John Sprague Sam Shen's US Distributor

    Mar 10, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    Sales Manager, CSC Products Inc.
    <--big FZ fan.:bassist:

    Jeff I decided to crack open Photoshop and brighten up those pics a bit, in case anyone wants a better look. On my cheesy office monitor they were too dark. I'm sure Paul will go ga-ga over this tool when I show him this thread, thanks!

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  19. Last time we discussed it, Arnold had commissions for the next 3 years. Way back when, I had the opportunity to be "next". I hesitated, and suddenly it was a year and a half, then 2, then 3.
     
  20. arnoldschnitzer

    arnoldschnitzer AES Fine Instruments

    Feb 16, 2002
    Brewster, NY, USA
    Don--You'll be happy to know I've filled most of my orders. So, when will I be seeing you with your deposit?