Thor epoxy job?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by hexbass, Nov 15, 2005.

  1. Has anyone had this process done to their fretless bass? How do you like the end result? How long did you wait? Thanks
  2. I've played a number of H.G. Thor epoxy instruments and I can tell you that his work is absolutely flawless, with an end result that really adds another dimension to the instrument.

    The waiting, alas, is the hardest part. My Carvin LB70PF is just now being treated and I've been waiting for a long, long time.

    I should have it in any case in a couple of weeks.

    The job was to inlay lines and of course, his epoxy work.
  3. Yeah the last time I checked, I was #60 on the list, I think that roughly translates into a year and some odd months. geez, did you wait that long marcusalan?
  4. BruceWane


    Oct 31, 2002
    Houston, TX
    see post #3

    ....Sounds like the wait times are going up pretty fast - I'm glad I got mine done when it was "only" 5-6 months!

    Worth the wait, and worth every penny.

    Just to be clear for anyone intersted in having this done - he doesn't keep your bass for 6 months (or a year or whatever the current wait time is), he assigns you a place in line, then let's you know when your "turn" is coming up and when to ship your bass to him.

    He's very conscientious about his work, and very easy to work with if you want anything out of the ordinary done.
  5. I did indeed.

    Trust me though, when you play one of his completed instruments, it is entirely worth it.
  6. radi8


    Feb 10, 2004
    Yep....long wait.
    He is juggling a number of things, including expanding his work space while completing basses.
    i contacted him in May...i am Baskin Robbins number ....
  7. lonotes

    lonotes A place for everything, & everything out of place

    Oct 15, 2003
    Port Richey,FL
    I just shipped mine out today. It seems to me to be quite a leap of faith to send something as personal (and valuable) as an instrument to an address halfway across the country, to someone that you have never met or even heard of outside of a very few websites. Over the two or three years that I have been lurking around TB, one thing that I have found is that if something is good, people here will say so, but if it is bad, no one here is shy about airing the laundry. The unanimous praise for his work here was the deciding factor for me. I have been waiting for nearly a year. That is not entirely due to HG Thors schedule, but partly due to my own requirements. Harris has been very accomodating regarding the schedule. I was offered a slot nearly three months ago, but it didn't work for me. If I am half as happy with the result as each of you have been, it shall be a very Merry Christmas indeed!
  8. 00Funk

    00Funk Inactive

    Jul 17, 2006
    Dallas TX
    Mine is going to Thor this week
  9. doctorjazz


    Oct 22, 2006
    Wilmington, NC
    A friend of mine got his SR500 done, and he loves it. It sounds spectacular. If I start getting a lot of wear, I plan on signing my Carvin up someday, probably around the first time the fingerboard needs to be releveled.
  10. sargebaker

    sargebaker Builder - Island Instruments Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    00Funk.... NO way! That bass is going to torch!!!!! I'm super jealous.
  11. 00Funk

    00Funk Inactive

    Jul 17, 2006
    Dallas TX
    -Harris is slapN the ole gel on her, as we speak. I have waited a total of 2.5 years for this. Almost there.

  12. teleken


    Apr 2, 2007
    Gilbert, AZ USA
    My '98 AmDlx Jazz (originally Whisper's, then MattVon's, now mine) has a Thor neck job on it. The nice thing is that the job was done 4 years ago, so I can tell you what it's like after several years of play.

    I love it on mine, just love it. It looks great and is truly not any worse for wear after 4 years of play with roundwounds and flatwounds (I have LaBella nylon tapewounds on it now.) Maintenance is a breeze - when I installed the tapewounds, I took a couple of minutes and used Meguiar's Swirl Remover to polish the string scuffs the epoxy had picked up and followed up with a coat of Meguiar's NXT wax (both available at a Wal-Mart near you; $20 covers enough of both products to last for years.)

    You can email Harris and ask him about his present lead time - he's a really nice guy, very open and honest about his work and really takes great pride in what he does. I'd gladly have him do neck work on any fretless I buy.
  13. doctorjazz


    Oct 22, 2006
    Wilmington, NC
    Those who have had it done, how would you classify the difference the sound and feel as opposed to a wood like ebony?
  14. teleken


    Apr 2, 2007
    Gilbert, AZ USA
    Well, it's epoxy, so the feel's like glass - you don't have that "waxy" feel like ebony. Sound? Well, that's subjective, of course, and I don't have an ebony fretless here to compare and contrast. I didn't notice any HUGE difference between mine and ebony fretless basses in my local shop\paycheck repository, but that's me.

    What I can tell you is that the way Harris does it, it LOOKS thick, but it's really not thick at all - many VERY thin layers, brushed, not sprayed, with lots of fine sanding in between. A lot of that "3D" effect you see is a result of the first application of epoxy making the grain "pop."
  15. 00Funk

    00Funk Inactive

    Jul 17, 2006
    Dallas TX
    He sent me a pic today, of what its looking like. He might put another coat on. He dosnt know yet. Then it has to cure for 2 weeks.
  16. 00Funk

    00Funk Inactive

    Jul 17, 2006
    Dallas TX
    YEA, hes done. He sent this pic today.
  17. wow!




    lol :D
  18. 00Funk

    00Funk Inactive

    Jul 17, 2006
    Dallas TX
    Sorry. The photo bucket thingy wasnt working last night.

    Hello Andy!

    Happy to say your bass is done. It looks very good and all went well.
    The epoxy finish is clear with minimal micro pits and plays evenly throughout the fingerboard.
    The action is about medium low providing for good sustain, fast runs, decent attack dynamic and plenty of mwa. Sustain has been greatly increased.
    The new nut is a good fit.
    Adjusted your bridge for string alignment, saddle height and intonation. The A string appears to have some buzz esp. on the upper notes. Sounds to me like a bad string and not surprised because I noticed a few of them had small kinks in them. You could try asking for a new pack from the source and restring when ready. Otherwise all quite enjoyable now.
    I sanded through to blue on a small spot toward the nut and repaired it, and also inadvertently repaired the hole in the blue at the neck joint thinking I may have done that (later looked at the original condition photos to find out otherwise!). No charge for either of course.
    I had to lower the neck pickups to be able to work on the epoxy. I believe I have them back where they were, and sound balanced.
    The output jack needed some cleaning but still is scratchy and worn out. It can replace it with another good Switchcraft jack (but not gold plated) for $25- just let me know.

    Enjoy the pix!

  19. Tom Howland

    Tom Howland

    Feb 11, 2003
    Thor is the best.
    I called him.
    1 1/2 to 2 tr. wait.
  20. If you don't want to wait 2 years on the list, I just got mine done 2 months ago through WWW.DONTFRETTT.COM

    There is no waiting list. It's a 2 week turn around time on it. The work was fantastic. My MM Sterling sounds a lot better. If you go to the website, go under the pictures tab, and mine is the first bass to pop up on the slide show. It's a sunburst MM sterling that he turned the fretboard black to erase the line markers and turned it into a beauty.

    His phone number is under the price tab if you want to call him. Sam is a really nice guy.