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by joppo
Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:43 pm
Forum: General Bass Topics
Topic: BASS / AMP PICTURE THREAD :: Get your cameras ready!
Replies: 291
Views: 102567

Re: BASS / AMP PICTURE THREAD :: Get your cameras ready!

Whoa, Whoa, WHOA! Not sure what to get excited about here. Is that a Rick on the wall and a Solo 610 on the desk?!? Is Santa giving you credit for the last 20 years?
by joppo
Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:01 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 8488

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

And there it is! Neck back on, tuning machines back on ready to restring. Finished.jpg A set of Ernie Ball Slinkies on and it is done. I've been bringing the neck up to tension over a couple of days. There is stall a small bow in it up near the headstock which I'll never get rid of, but it is now pe...
by joppo
Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:55 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 8488

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

Not much more to show. Here is the neck going back on. A couple of small screwdrivers to ensure the holes a aligned and the neck is back on. Note the nice finish on the neck :D
neckjoint.jpg
by joppo
Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 8488

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

Right, time to put it all together. The finished neck with the body and all the bits
bits.jpg
by joppo
Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:46 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 8488

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

Next comes sanding, and as always, there is always lots of it! I had to sand of a very small overhang of the fretboard on one side, and remove a small bit of neck on the other side. Then I masked the rosewood so I could varnish the back of the neck. masked.jpg In my 'spray booth' and ready for varni...
by joppo
Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 8488

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

Onto the finishing. Time for another trick. I drilled a few small holes to start lifting off the fretboard. To fill these, I put a drop of superglue in each hole and then rubbed some rosewood sawdust into the hole. When the glue dries, you just sand it down and it looks like rosewood. It is a little...
by joppo
Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:31 am
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 8488

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

Clamps are off and a little tension applied to the new truss rod. Feels really solid, and no cracking sounds :D Phew! It needs a little finishing (varnishing) to make it look nice, but I think that is a win!
by joppo
Sat Dec 12, 2015 10:56 am
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 8488

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

Fretboard is on! :D I have two radiused sanding blocks that just fit the neck, and again heaps of clamps to hold it together. The fretboard is sitting rock solid on the two pins I put in. Will leave it 24 hours before I remove the clamps
fret-on.jpg
by joppo
Sat Dec 12, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 8488

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

I ran some masking tape over the truss rod slot before gluing so that I don't get a lot of glue squeeze out in the slot.
tape.jpg
The glue is applied, and now I just need to take off the tape and put the fretboard on.
glue.jpg
by joppo
Sat Dec 12, 2015 10:46 am
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 8488

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

Big day today - the fretboard goes back on. First thing is a little trick to make sure the fretboard stay in the right place while the glue dries. I drilled two small holes part way through the neck, one at each end, and hammered in a small nail. I cut back the nail so just a small piece protrudes w...
by joppo
Fri Dec 11, 2015 7:09 am
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 8488

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

With the old slot filled, I routed the new slot. The ironic part is that I removed most of the wood I added. Because the neck has quite a bow and is so light, I went for a really strong truss rod. It is 12mm wide by 9.5mm deep and is made of U-shape aluminium. This is a pretty normal depth, but almo...
by joppo
Tue Dec 08, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 8488

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

I needed to fill the old slot before routing the new one. I got a length of maple to glue in, and measured the depth of the slot. The old rod was deepest in the middle and shallow at each end, so you can see I have shaped the bottom edge (measured every 5cm) so that it will fit nicely. insert.jpg Bu...
by joppo
Wed Dec 02, 2015 7:13 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 8488

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

Yes, it probably will retwist, but it is very minor. I didn't notice it when the neck was in one piece. If it was my neck, I would add a carbon rod on each side to strengthen the neck and reduce bend and twist, but that would add a bit too much cost to the repair. The neck is really quite a bit thin...
by joppo
Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:56 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 8488

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

Here I have removed the tuning machines and clamped the neck onto a straight piece of wood. I'll leave it like this for a week to try to remove any bend and twist in the neck while I wait for the new truss rod to arrive. Sitting like this, there is a very slight reverse bend in the neck, so it will ...
by joppo
Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:53 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 8488

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

Another view of the slot with the old truss rod removed and placed to the right. I need to fill this slot with a piece of maple to make sure the neck is back to full strength (i.e. no gaps inside the neck) before routing the slot for the new truss rod. I can't use the old slot because it is variable...