where's my truss

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Jeff Bollbach, Nov 30, 2005.

  1. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    Cleaning shop today and before I threw this out I thought youse might like a peek at some db esoterica. A homemade truss on a db fingerboard.

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  2. G-force


    Jul 1, 2004
    oslo Norway
    as in " In God we truss" ???
  3. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Inactive Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    Yup.. But, "all others pay Cash!"
  4. Damn, sure looks like a lotta work for no result...
    When installed, did it actually affect the shape of the neck? I can't imagine a 5/16" or so rod bending a 5/8" thick ebony board.
  5. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Columbia SC
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Gawd, I hope that dint come offa my bass...
  6. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    You didn't throw out that purty cutting board, didja?
  7. mje

    mje Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2002
    Southeast Michigan
    Must be a Fender Precision Double Bass. Don't see too many of those around...
  8. Steve Azola

    Steve Azola Azola Basses

    Jan 23, 2002
    San Diego, CA
    It looks like what Ampeg was doing in the late 60s to help support their thin boards. Don't throw it out, I'll hang it on my wall, sometimes I need these things for Ampeg restorations. Drop me a note if you still have it.
  9. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    Uhh...Sorry Steve, It is history. I have a small shop and occasionally I just have to be ruthless or else I'll drown. Come to think of it that board may have indeed come off a baby bass.
  10. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    Well, I forgot to put one garbage pail out and I discovered that the
    board in question is not 100% gone. I had cut off half of the board to salvage some wood and thrown out the truss portion. That is what I found. If you want that for parts I'd be happy to send it along.
  11. I might be missing something in the photo, but it looks more like it would only adjust the camber in the portion of the board that overhangs beyond the neck. Sometimes that portion of a board will change shape with the weather and even though mine is thick, that part can be flexed a little bit. Definitely an odd looking device that one wouldn't imagine exists.
  12. Aleph5

    Aleph5 Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2004
    Yup, my Baby Bass is right here and that's gotta be what it came from.
  13. Just curious but does it still have that toxic Ampeg plastic body odor????? :bag:
  14. Damon Rondeau

    Damon Rondeau Journeyman Clam Artist Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Winnipeg, baby
    I thought you only needed the truss when the nut was bust...
  15. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    I was waiting for that one, Damon. :D
  16. Aleph5

    Aleph5 Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2004
    Oh yeah!! It comes and goes, but whoooo! And I still seem to forget the source when I wonder what the stink is in my room. Oh--THAT, again. I think it's haunted. Mine doesn't seem to have any structural problems, but I rarely move it (or play it :oops: ). It's mostly a museum, conversation, and stink piece. For those who haven't had the pleasure, the plastic body is supposedly unstable and outgasses fumes that smell about like a soft cheese like Limburger (not that I'm intimately familiar with that!).

    I've wondered if after so many years of chemical breakdown, whether it could explode like some BBs have said to. I guess I should also be concerned about a real health problem associated with the resultant air quality. :meh: I've tried googling to learn more about Eastman Uvex, said to be the culprit material. Not gotten too far.