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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / OK, I’m gonna build one.

hushnel
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Aug 22nd, 2019 11:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ahh, as the temperatures start to fall, along with rising inspiration of the FDP builders, I’m starting to think about my next build. I spent two and a half hours at the Gainesville Guitar Center last Friday, the rain drove me to it. I wanted to try out all the P/J medium priced basses I have been reading about, and hearing some great tones from that pickup configuration. It was a great day, meet a few people, actually did a bit of work with the guitar tech chasing down an E string buzz, even was allowed to repair a simple, though it turned out to be more complicated than that, loose knob on the Ibanez P/J bass. the manager was very appreciative and offered me a whopping 5% discount. I passed.

After spending hours trying out these basses, jamming with guitar playing customers etc. I came to the conclusion I wasn’t going to find any gems in this batch of medium priced instruments. I could do better on my own. Of course it’ll cost more but I can spread it out over a month or so.

So I’m getting inspired, I really like the 32” scale, the P/J is a given, I’m still researching matched sets of pickups, putting the list together to check them out. The shop is really to warm to work outside of the air conditioned office. I did start pulling out wood and trying to locate a few specific tools I’m going to need.

I’m thinking P bass or Mustang bass body, adjusted in dimension for the 32” scale. I have a piece of Tulip wood I can use for the body, Mahogany for the neck, Brazilian Rose Wood for the finger board, various other options for the headstock overlay, I’ll decide on that once I get a better idea how I build the body, solid, chambers, top or solid, I have some 100 year old black walnut I may incorporate, etc.

Since most of the work will be the neck I’ll start there first. It’s easier for me to proportion the body once the neck is ready, getting the fingerboard slotted for the frets, cutting the Abalone (thanks for the shells Jefe) into blanks then cutting for the inlay. I may purchase a piece of Maple for the neck, I like the roasted result I got on the last project, maple is easy to acquire.

But for right now, I gotta cut the back field “o]


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Aug 22nd, 2019 01:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cool! Please post pics of the work in progress if you can.

Full Disclosure: I steal lots of great ideas by looking closely at others' work in progress. And I know you're good.

hushnel
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Aug 22nd, 2019 01:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, I will. I laid out a few pieces of wood yesterday,

Click the right arrow to see the mahogany board

hushnel
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Aug 26th, 2019 02:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Got most of one shell cut up.

Leveling it come next.

(This message was last edited by hushnel at 04:13 PM, Aug 26th, 2019)

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Aug 26th, 2019 04:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is a man-size slab of mahogany!

And those fretwork saws are waaaay older than I am.

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Aug 26th, 2019 05:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

I tried to use a modern jewelers saw that has a deeper throat that the blade kept slipping out, I nearly threw it out.

Like the hand vice I can’t pass these up.

All the usable stuff from one shell

(This message was last edited by hushnel at 11:04 AM, Sep 28th, 2019)

hushnel
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Aug 30th, 2019 11:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

Every time I attempt working with a new material I like to do the job with hand tools. I get a better understanding of how the material responds to being worked and how aggressively I can do it.

Some projects, like cutting out the final inlay. can only be done by hand, at least in my case.

For leveling the abalone both sides need to be flat, a little wobble or rocking will snap the blade. So I decided to start this process by hand. I did order a 6” diamond surfaced lapidary wheel and backing plate with 1/2” arbor that I’ll need to attach to a motor some how. I’ve got a few options including a drill. This is a wet process. It has to be to keep the material cool.

Until these parts arrive and I figure out how to rig the whole thing up, I’m hand leveling them with wet/dry Emory cloth starting at 60 grit. The flat reference surface is a block of marble. It’s primitive but it works.

The best part is it totally controls the dust, which is pretty toxic. It got me wondering, if I save the dust and let it dry, mix it with a clear epoxy what the results would be. In one of the thread there was talk about epoxy additives that produce a discoloration between the joints, I’m wondering it the abalone dust will be iridescent at the joint, it could be a cool effect. I’ll fill a couple holes with a thick solution of dust and epoxy and see how it polished out. If I had waited for the lapping equipment I would never have come up with this idea, which of course could be total failure. If it does turn out cool just routing out with 1/8th bit, filling, leveling and polishing could render a few cool effects.

Or if Jeffe wasn’t so bogged down and taking orders again I’d just have him paint the body like a rusty sign of a Ford Mustang.


This project most recent pictures are at the end of the album

(This message was last edited by hushnel at 08:47 AM, Sep 16th, 2019)

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