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Re: Teaser - next project

Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:05 pm
by joppo
Onto the most terrifying and fun bit to date - shaping the neck. This has all been done with a rasp to take it down close to where I want it, a file to smooth off and a tidy up with sandpaper. I've used a technique called faceting. I bevelled each side at 45 degrees getting close to the depth I wanted, and then filed off the two new edges I made, and then the four new smaller edges and so on (over and over until you end up with it nicely rounded).
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Here is another view. Still a few rasp marks to sand out and need to blend the ends to make nice transitions, but it feels pretty good already.
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Re: Teaser - next project

Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:24 pm
by Fenderfan
:D awesome, looks like fun. What radius / profile are you shaping the neck to?

Re: Teaser - next project

Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:43 pm
by joppo
I was afraid someone was going to ask that. :lol: I modelled the neck on my Vintage Modified fretless Jazz which I reall like. The fretboard radius is 9.5 inches and it has the skinny little 39mm width at the nut. The neck is a little bit deeper than I planned. The fretboard wood is really nice so made that a bit thicker than normal. Then I realised that made the truss rod slot sit a little deeper in the neck, so couldn't take as much wood off the back of the neck as I thought. It feels like a telecastor bass neck to me.

Re: Teaser - next project

Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:24 pm
by john
I was wondering about this project the other day. Looking good Joppo, so exciting

Re: Teaser - next project

Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:25 am
by JonoSkip
Great work Joppo. I agree with John, this is an exciting thread! :D

Re: Teaser - next project

Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 4:32 pm
by joppo
Somewhat overdue for an update. Haven't had too much time to work on the neck over summer, but have finished shaping the neck and just down to the fine sanding. I have sealed the neck with shellac and oiled the fingerboard, so it now looks pretty much what it will be like when finished. The shellac show up any blemishes that need further sanding, so I'm just sanding, adding another layer of shellac and repeating until I'm really happy with it. Then I'll spray the neck with Nitrocellulose to finish it.
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Re: Teaser - next project

Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 1:50 pm
by joppo
Finally made some decisions about the body, and cut the timber! This is gluing the two halves together to make the body blank.
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Re: Teaser - next project

Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 1:55 pm
by joppo
A rough tracing of the body shape on the Kauri blank
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Re: Teaser - next project

Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 1:59 pm
by joppo
To give an idea of perspective, here it is with the neck sitting in place. Probably a little hard to see the pencil line in this one, but hopefully enough to get the idea
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Re: Teaser - next project

Posted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 2:09 pm
by john
I like it. It is kind of like a gretsch body

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Re: Teaser - next project

Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:27 pm
by pins
Cool shape and Kauri,I like it.

Re: Teaser - next project

Posted: Sat May 06, 2017 2:18 pm
by joppo
Zombie thread! Finally made a decision about electronics and hardwear, so time to get back on the job and finish this bass. Here is the body template with the bridge and a chromed control plate. I am thinking of making the control plate out of wood so I can shape the top, so might change the shape of that a little bit.
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Re: Teaser - next project

Posted: Wed May 10, 2017 12:01 pm
by foal30
Good work Nev

Re: Teaser - next project

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 9:41 pm
by joppo
Oh boy oh boy oh boy!!! Pickups have arrived. Time to get routing
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Re: Teaser - next project

Posted: Fri May 26, 2017 8:31 am
by beagle
That's cool man... I bet you can't wait to try it out!