The Mediocre Builders Club

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  1. Very cool!
     
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  2. bass theory

    bass theory

    Oct 7, 2020
    Portage WI
    just posting an update on the status of my project.
    I got the wood cut enough to do a fit-up. it is rough and needs massive work before it can be considered finished. But i can at least give you an idea of what I have been up to.

    I started with a cage... IMG_0018 - Copy.JPG

    Then added some standoffs...
    allhe standoffs between the pickups will be removed to allow the top to vibrate...

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    On top of the standoffs will be the top-wood.
    i cut this very close to the same dimensions as the cage. But i will cut it down further before finishing...


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    here are a couple more images to give the basic idea of how free the top-wood will be to resonate.

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  3. MirandM

    MirandM Married to my bass.

    Oct 29, 2019
    Spain
    Well to all of you who have been following this thread we are now located in the Basses subforum where we'll fit in better since our builds are sometimes very weird and should fit perfectly here.

    Soon to come:
    - my 5-string semi-acoustic project
    - my Rocktile to fretless conversion project
    - and a yet to start fakenbacker fretless conversion project

    YAY :hyper:
     
  4. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug Supporting Member

    I'm more of a modder than a builder, but yeah... I'll sport the 1110.

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  5. MirandM

    MirandM Married to my bass.

    Oct 29, 2019
    Spain
  6. Holdsg

    Holdsg Talkbass > Work Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Alta Loma, CA
    I think you allow basic mods on here, like neck swapping?

    Many from the Mediocre Bassist thread have already seen what I worked on yesterday.

    Here's the original P-bass with Roasted Maple neck. I had this built thru Fender Mod Shop and the plan all along was to buy a fretless neck for it (as fretless neck not an option in Mod Shop)

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    The bass was ordered on March 1 and I received mid-April. The neck was ordered from Warmoth around the same time, and the neck took until 4/30.

    The most mediocre thing that I had to do was enlarge the tuner holes. Which I did, but kinda over did it. If you look closely the back of the headstock, the tuners barely covers the new holes. Oh well. If I used other tuners, it would never be visible, but I do like the Hipshot ultralights.


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    Warmoth builds a great neck. Pricey, for sure, but worth it. I love the blank plank fretless. side dots where the frets would be are all the "cheats" I need.
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    Really dig the roasted flame-maple neck. so pretty.

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    String it up with Labella tapes. And done (for now).

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    love how this plays.
     
  7. MirandM

    MirandM Married to my bass.

    Oct 29, 2019
    Spain
    Of course we allow mods, projects, customs, whatever. Although I named it Builders Club, to me building includes modifying, which is building something different to have it your way. Building on an idea, if you want.
    Looks great and I like your comments, gives some insight on what is not visible at first sight. The tuners do look awesome, do these have the same size of elephant ears like the Ric's?
     
  8. Holdsg

    Holdsg Talkbass > Work Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Alta Loma, CA
    I've never owned a Ric. But the elephant ears are usual size for most all FSOs.
     
  9. MirandM

    MirandM Married to my bass.

    Oct 29, 2019
    Spain
    I asked that because I remember (think I read something about that over at the Rickenbacker Club) hipshot is commonly used as replacements for the original Schaller tuners that Ric uses, however I don't know if those are the ultra lights you have, maybe not.
     
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  10. Marc DLarosa

    Marc DLarosa Supporting Member

    May 29, 2017
    Hanging out to dry...
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  11. EatS1stBassist

    EatS1stBassist

    Apr 15, 2016
    So cal
    Man! That’s very beautiful!
     
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  12. MirandM

    MirandM Married to my bass.

    Oct 29, 2019
    Spain
    Can I hang out there too? Looks very cool!
     
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  13. Marc DLarosa

    Marc DLarosa Supporting Member

    May 29, 2017
    Come on out!!! I have 2 more basses to finish, after this one...
     
  14. MirandM

    MirandM Married to my bass.

    Oct 29, 2019
    Spain
    Party, fiesta, building basses, Yippie :hyper::hyper::hyper:
     
  15. Marc DLarosa

    Marc DLarosa Supporting Member

    May 29, 2017
    ALRIGHTY!!! Poly is sprayed. Time to let it cure for about a week, before final wet sand and buffing. I really get a kick out of watching it shift color from Emerald, to Turquoise...
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  16. Marc DLarosa

    Marc DLarosa Supporting Member

    May 29, 2017
    Once the P'JAZZTER is done... I'm gonna get started on TheeAblo bass. Finally have all of the parts. And Yep, I'm gonna run the body through a planer, and use this spalted top. WISH ME LUCK!!!
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    EDIT;

    Alrighty... I had to set "the stuff" on there, and take a look.
    I told myself that I wouldn't, as I can become impatient, and not put the proper attention into the P'JAZZSTER.
    Now... I gotta put this back in the music room, and pretend that it isn't there for a couple weeks... :cool:
     

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  17. Holdsg

    Holdsg Talkbass > Work Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Alta Loma, CA
    I'd seriously want to play that once you're done.
    P and MM pickups.....heresy, and I love it.
     
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  18. Marc DLarosa

    Marc DLarosa Supporting Member

    May 29, 2017
    You aren't too far. Bring beer. :hyper:
     
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  19. Marc DLarosa

    Marc DLarosa Supporting Member

    May 29, 2017
    Here's my first build. Yeah... I got a bit bored during COVID.
    Not ready to divulge #4, as I have only about 75% of the parts here. But, think... "Old Smoothie/Jazz/HazLab.

    I mean... heck, IF yer gonna build something... be a little different, YES? It'll work, or... it won't.

    NBD - Any LAKERS fans out there?
     
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  20. Marc DLarosa

    Marc DLarosa Supporting Member

    May 29, 2017
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    Mock (MUCK) up. I couldn't wait. "See what happens?" Anyhow... I'll be using concentric/individual controls for each pickup. Ignore the 3 hole plate sitting on the body. Now you know why those holes are shaped so weird...

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    These are the pickup rings that I'm gonna cut out of stainless steel, in the next few days. Aaaaaannnnnd... sorry about the fingerprints. It's late. Goodnight, Y'all.


    PEACE

    Another EDIT;
    Chances are... I won't use the JAZZ ring.
     
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