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    Rattling on to bring the thread up to date... I cut the notch in the end of the neck heel to leave a tenon which sat in the neck pocket in the usual way. The notch was cut to be flush with the heel of the body: This is my first 6 string bass. I am sure that 4 machine screws and good quality inserts will suffice for clamping but, just for good measure, I decided to put an ebony 'biscuit' into the heel join to prevent any possibility of the joint lifting. This would hopefully compensate for the reduced length of the tenon joint due to using the original 90 degree rotated neck plate position. To do this, I filed a flat on my Dremel flexi-drive: Cut a slot into the neck: Then, clamping the drive to the bench, drilled a slot into the body's heel: And popped a 25mm slice of ebony into the slot: This alone proved to be very strong and then once the machine screws were fitted, all fears of any joint movement were dispelled: And a nice tight joint ready for carving:
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    Excellent idea with the slotting jig! Now I have to try it asap..... Also, great workmanship all around Waiting for the developments!
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    The pages you link to all point to the same study by Matthew Angove at Latrobe University from about 6 years ago. The problem I have with that reference is that it's impossible to find anything more about his work other than the announcement that he did a couple of months research and came to a conclusion. I've searched before and never been able to locate his research paper, so there's no way of being able to study his methods and measurements to find out how and why he came to his conclusion that material and body shape make no difference. That said, I'm personally of the belief that the whole tonewood-in-electric-guitars is a pointless debate. I suspect the material the guitar is made from does make some difference, but in the case of the electric guitar there are other things that make the differences directly related to the materials alone disappear into insignificance. The build quality of the instrument, the pickups, whatever effects you run through, the amp, the speaker and the volume you're playing at would easily swamp any differences in a basswood vs swamp ash body. The videos in the first link are kinda neat but they don't really prove that material does or does not make a difference to the tone, other than whatever material the guitar is made from the end result still sounds like an electric guitar. I'd rather just play the damn thing and enjoy the experience of making music on one of the most influential instruments of the last 100 years, than try and find reasons to like or dislike a rosewood fretboard vs a maple one.
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    Glad to hear it, Mike. Hopefully you'll at least be able to sleep comfortably. I slept upright in my chair for a week maybe? Laying down was just not an option.
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    I was feeling a bit tired tonight from a lot of walking at the weekend, so decided not to tackle anything that needed too much accuracy. I did a bit of sanding and scraping, first on the back of the headstock. There was a step from the resaw cut I did, so I blended that somewhat with the spindle sander. Then in with the sanding block to remove the resaw marks Then I ended up sanding the edge of the body, especially the end grain. That's it for this term. The workshop is closed for Santa's elves to get busy. Back in the new year, unless I can sneak a bit of garage time over the holidays
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    I put a 0.6mm ebony veneer on the back of the katalox to act as the demarcation line: Marked the chambers on a sheet of paper before I forgot (only way of remembering exactly where those voids are!): Then cut the stop tail, bridge and pickup holes in the katalox Tidied up the control chamber, ensuring I would lose the fixing holes in the hatch rebate: Then chambered the back of the katalox to lose a bit more weight: And glued it together:
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    Yes - mindless cruelty is one of the few pleasures I have left in life
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    But before I could work out if it really was going to work, I have lots more to do with the body. First, I took off the 10mm thickness of the katalox top plus another 5mm to slim the body and lighten it - especially considering the weight of the katalox, which was heavy! Ewan wanted a Warwick bridge and stoptail. I made provision for this and marked out where I was going to lose some more of that heavy Ash: Then got the forstners, chisels and router out: Next, I made up the neck blank from mahogany with a central walnut splice. Note the heel is deeper than you would normally have on a bolt-on... And jointed and joined the top - with the extra neck pocket are cut out so I could use the top as my routing template:
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    And I finished the Green one a few weeks ago. Even did some recording with it... still too new though needs to be played for a while before it breaks in. The other two are well broke in...
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    After my gallbladder removal I'll never be scared of surgery again. One minute I was being wheeled down a hall and the next I was in a bed feeling irritated. They could have gang banged me for all I know. Doubt it though. My butt felt normal. Good luck.