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The SX Reloaded - Rebuilding a Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tim Barber, Dec 1, 2003.


  1. Tim Barber

    Tim Barber Commercial User

    Apr 28, 2003
    Serenity Valley
    Owner: Barber Music
    So I bought this SX Jazz with a damaged neck from romeoarmada, to fix up. It had a bad hump in the neck (backbow) and the fingerboard was cracked in several places. Fortunately, the FB was attached with hide glue, so with heat and alcohol I was able to remove it. Once it was off, and the truss rod removed, I found a roughly-cut truss rod channel that looked like this:

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  2. Tim Barber

    Tim Barber Commercial User

    Apr 28, 2003
    Serenity Valley
    Owner: Barber Music
    With the restraint of the fretboard removed, the neck really began to warp even more:

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  3. Tim Barber

    Tim Barber Commercial User

    Apr 28, 2003
    Serenity Valley
    Owner: Barber Music
    Using several applications of heat and clamping, I was able to get most of the warp out:

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  4. Tim Barber

    Tim Barber Commercial User

    Apr 28, 2003
    Serenity Valley
    Owner: Barber Music
    I then widened the trussrod channel with a router, and glued in two strips of purpleheart to act as stiffeners:

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  5. Tim Barber

    Tim Barber Commercial User

    Apr 28, 2003
    Serenity Valley
    Owner: Barber Music
    I had some birdseye maple fingerboard blanks sitting around, so one of them got glued on to the neck:

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    (almost done...)
     
  6. Tim Barber

    Tim Barber Commercial User

    Apr 28, 2003
    Serenity Valley
    Owner: Barber Music
    I re-used the frets from the old fingerboard. Some MOP dots, a few coats of poly, and here is the finished product:

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  7. Tim Barber

    Tim Barber Commercial User

    Apr 28, 2003
    Serenity Valley
    Owner: Barber Music
    I'm fairly pleased with how it came out. What do you all think?

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  8. That is totally sweet, and an interesting mod story!

    I love what you've done.
     
  9. thats amazing! i love the maple FB and the blue body and matching headstock. well done
     
  10. Damn,great work dude...

    Now..can you make my fretless rosewood SX jazz a fretted maple? ;)
     
  11. very nice! i love birdseye maple, its booteefool!

    nice work! that is some warping! :eek:

    :cool:
     
  12. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    How much would you charge me to make an unlined fretless fingerboard for my SX?
     
  13. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Very nice!!! Thanks for the pics and descriptions - it was cool to see how the process unfolded.
     
  14. Tim Barber

    Tim Barber Commercial User

    Apr 28, 2003
    Serenity Valley
    Owner: Barber Music
    Well, I pretty much did this just to gain the experience. If my time is worth anything it would have been cheaper to get a new neck off eBay. Or wait until Rondo has replacement bass necks...Kurt says it won't be too long until they get some.
     
  15. So let me get this straight...

    You put USED frets into this work??!!

    :eek: :( :rolleyes:
     
  16. Tim Barber

    Tim Barber Commercial User

    Apr 28, 2003
    Serenity Valley
    Owner: Barber Music
    Well, it's a pretty new bass and the frets were essentially unused (no string wear). The old FB was fractured, and so flexible the frets could be easily removed undamaged. It was faster to remove them and pop them into the new slots than to start from scratch. I still had to level and re-crown them, of course. :)
     
  17. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Great job!
     
  18. Im a sock

    Im a sock

    Dec 23, 2002
    Central MA
    Thats really awesome! It looks fantastic.
     
  19. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Great job! I think this would be better served in Setup.
     
  20. Amazing job man, looks really good. Where did you learn to do all of that stuff? (Mostly the fret leveling and crowning, which I am dieing to learn to do). if you think this is derailing, please contact me through PM.

    Once again, really awsome job.