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Winter 2017 Build Off - Vintagey Bass

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Beej, Dec 24, 2016.


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  1. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    Here's the pickguard design in it's current form. I had a paper mockup, but I couldn't find it just now. Reminds me of a vintage coffee table I used to own. This was at a time when new things would be considered vintage now, so it was old. :D
     
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  2. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    I sprayed a coat last night to help identify where it needs work. I'm at that awful point in the transition of life where my near vision is becoming terrible without glasses. I have reading glasses, but they don't cut it and from 8-18" out, it's a bit blurry. Anyway it needs a lot more sanding. If you think that colour is horrible, remember, we used to have all our appliances in that colour, with a darker burst around the edges! Avocado I believe it was called... :D

     
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  3. pudgychef

    pudgychef In Memoriam

    Jan 22, 2005
    Chongqing, China
    Love that color! Very cool build thread - I am really enjoying reading it.
     
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  4. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    Looks great!

    I have three pairs of classes - reading, distance, and computer. The computer glasses are optimized for about 18", which is the distance I sit from the monitor. My eyes started to get blurry about 20 years ago. I'm ok with distance, but anything closer and I need one of the pairs to see any detail. What a drag it is getting old. But it's better than the alternative.

    Regarding the router mishap, I use clamps for all router guides/templates, with very few exceptions due to my own mishap. When I absolutely need to use tape, I use a piece of masking tape on each piece, glued together with super glue. It seems to work on the rare occasion I have to use it.

    And that green brings back memories of my youth. A very popular color in the 60's.
     
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  5. MPU

    MPU

    Sep 21, 2004
    Valkeala Finland
    I hear you about the glasses. I have to use glasses if I want to see anything clearly. I think somehow there's never too much light also.
     
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  6. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    Part of me wants to install some low pile shag carpet in place of the pickguard... :D
     
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  7. haha, reminds me of this
    Bas-Extravaganza-Full-Length-w-Stompbox-Prototype.
    Bass of the Week: Bas-Extravaganza Fluffy

    I wonder if it's machine washable :D
     
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  8. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
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  9. tadum tsss :roflmao:
     
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  10. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    my version of that is; pad-ump, pah-cheeeee :laugh:
     
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  11. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    Funny that onomatopoeia, we all do it our own way. My drummer always writes "kaboom tish". :D
     
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  12. Looks swell!:D Maybe a few refrigerator magnets holding on a shopping list or set list would complete look? Oh and don't forget the bottle/can opener with the plastic white handle with gold swirls. Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!
     
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  13. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    I have a couple of pics of progress that I'll try to get posted up this evening. I finally got notice of half of my parts being shipped, but still no word on the other batch. The shipped order is my adhesive pearloid PG material for the headstock, plus the new chrome gotoh tuners.

    The other order which may have been shipped, but I don't friggin' know for sure, includes the battery box, pearloid pickguard blank, neck bolts/ferrules, knobs and 25k pots for the emg pickup. I can't use the stock pots as they are long shaft, plus push/pull, so too deep for my body.

    Pics to prove it are coming, but so far, I've basically finished reshaping the neck profile, reshaped the heel to fit the body better, trimmed the headstock and sanded smooth, sanded the whole neck to 400 and sprayed about 6 thin coats of clearcoat.

    I've also sanded the body down and paint off, epoxy drop filled lots of small spots, spot puttied anything remaining after the epoxy fill, filed, scraped and block sanded the face and back to 400 and hand sanded the edges. The body is ready for primer and paint, but I can only do one thing at a time in my "spray booth", so I'm waiting to finish the neck before tackling the body. Body should be done pretty soon, and the neck just needs some paint on the face of the headstock in preparation for the adhesive pearloid.

    Pics are coming in the next few hours... :D
     
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  14. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    I ended up getting too busy to organize my pics but I thought I would post up that right after the above post, I got an email saying my other order was shipped!

    Who knew that a polite, apologetic canadian complaint would get things rolling in both cases? :D

    I'll get some pics up asap...
     
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  15. wraub

    wraub

    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    previated devert
    full.
    Temp or not, I love this color...
     
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  16. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Yes, late 60's-70's Avocado Green or the squash yellow "Harvest Gold" - they both (sometimes) had a slightly darker 'burst' of a similar colour on the edges. There was a more rare 'burnt' orange "Poppy Red" also - all three a very "fall/autumn" palette. Avocado Green was paler - this hue is more high chroma, more a classic 'olive' - martini time!
     
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  17. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Oh, and brown - in it's many shades. Again - earthy and a targeted design/taste inspired by the "natural" movement in the late 60's. Think mid-70's Fender's 'Mocha' brown and as a further spin-off, late 70's 'Antiqua' - more 'haloing' like on the Avocado Green & Harvest Gold. Orange also was big in the 70's - in retrospect some interesting colours - it's the sort of ugly beveled wood cabinets etc that has never looked good. :rollno:
     
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  18. Jon Clegg

    Jon Clegg Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2015
    Northern Virginia
    That color reminds me of the appliances in my first house...

    And now I have a craving for Guacamole ;)
     
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  19. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
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  20. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
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