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  1. Andyjr1515

    Another Swift Lite Bass

    Just doing a couple of tweaks and the final checks and it'll be pretty much ready to go! It sounds great. James asked for heavyweight strings to be fitted and, with his supplied Aero pickups it sounds really good - even through my non-bass rig! Here are some of the obligatory finished pics (except one change in progress): The one change is that James asked if I could try a coordinating control chamber cover with back wood rather than a contrasting one with top wood - this is what he's gone for and is being finished at this very moment Should be shipping very early next week Andy
  2. Andyjr1515

    Build #2 - The Osprey

    I like that design I'm probably not the best person to put a view on fretboard colour. Is this for selling or keeping? If I was selling, I would stick with how you have it above. If I was keeping, I would put a much lighter board on. See what I mean - I'm probably not the best person to put a view on fretboard colour!
  3. Andyjr1515

    Another Swift Lite Bass

    Thanks, Scott Means a lot...
  4. Andyjr1515

    Another Swift Lite Bass

    Sorted the nut height and then put my 'see if it all fits together' set of strings on. At my action height starting point (medium) there are no buzzes at all so I think the basic levelling job was OK. When the proper strings are on, I'll set it up properly and do a double check with the fret rocker and the buzz check at low action in case there are some high spots anywhere. This is how the tru-oil slurry and buff has ended up, finishing at 1500 grit. This is an oblique shot to the light so you can see the surface finish: ...and then face-on to see the figuring: It's LOVELY to the touch. Still got to do the final 1500 slurry and buff on the back - and I've still got to do the final buffing of the fretboard and neck - but this is how the whole thing is panning out: All being well it should be finished by the end of the weekend
  5. Andyjr1515

    Another Swift Lite Bass

    Thanks @mistermikev !
  6. Andyjr1515

    Skinny builds

    And onto curves. The first convex top/concave bottom curved body I came across was a Warwick Thumb bass. Not many shots on the internet actually show it but, with due acknowledgment to www.x2cn.com, I found this one: And that surprised me as, when I was asked by a fellow band member to do a tribute build to Jack Bruce's Thumb Special, in none of the other photos had I picked up that this was what the shape was. And it seemed a lot of work to go to - especially, as witnessed by the lack of photos, if you're not going to make a big marketing fuss about it Then I built the tribute, using the same pommelled bubinga that JB's was made from and, even with this carve at the back, it STILL weighed 16.5 tonnes (I exaggerate...it was probably no more than 15 tonnes). But it got me thinking. Was this about weight rather than looks? I built the tribute and then built a fretless bass for myself - different shape but same concept: This made the weight of the bubinga tolerable - but gave me another advantage...just like the African bass talked about earlier - the neck / body transition: So I seem to have gained lightness and maybe a touch of elegance? Hmmm....that was worth remembering ( Note, by the way, the tiny headstock - a topic also mentioned by @avengers63 earlier. Once you start taking weight out, there are all sorts of other considerations that start coming into play!)
  7. Andyjr1515

    Another Swift Lite Bass

    And another job off the tick list - the frets levelled, re-crowned and polished. I'll fit some strings temporarily later today to check if it frets properly all the way up the board. Only a few jobs left before the 'grand assembly'
  8. Andyjr1515

    Opinions on Design Direction

    That looks superb. Very nice design, very appealing finishing touches...and if it plays great too then what more is there to add! Congrats - Great Job
  9. Andyjr1515

    Hi - Starting building #6

    Good solution - thanks for the info
  10. Andyjr1515

    Another Swift Lite Bass

    Well - pretty much on the final furlong with this. I'm progressing up the tru-oil slurry grades of wet and dry - next one at 1500 and last one at 2000. They should be done by the weekend. In the meantime, I've been knocking jobs off the 'to do' list. I've put the Luminlay dots in: I've done the knobs (still got to put the 2mm black-pearl marker dots on): Recessed the jackplate: Put magnets on the truss rod cover: And magnets on the copper-lined control chamber cover: With luck, this will be all complete by the weekend
  11. Andyjr1515

    Hi - Starting building #6

    That's looking very nice. What do you use to cut the knobs recesses? (unless you've already said, in which case just tell me I'm lazy)
  12. Andyjr1515

    "Templar Warrior"

    Very nice work I've just finished reading a book about the history of the Knights Templar. Fascinating subject. Nice design and beautiful result
  13. Andyjr1515

    Build 2 - Dan's LP JR Double Cut

    Very neat (he says through gritted teeth)
  14. Hi Graham and a very warm welcome! That's a beautiful build, let alone for a first one... I love the laminations you chose and that neck / heel carve is right down my street (if that translates from UK to US English!) Look forward to seeing more of your work Andy
  15. Andyjr1515

    Skinny builds

    Especially for long scale basses, I personally do both. The leverage value of a large headstock and weighty bass tuners with a 34"scale neck is significant and the tuners I use - not the lightest by any means - save 4 to 5oz against the conventional ones which, when hanging off the very extreme of that length, makes a tangible difference. But also, unless specifically asked to go for larger ones, I do pitch for quite small to very small headstocks for the reasons you state. Other than 'every little helps', I think the advantage on the shorter scale of a 6-string electric is more limited.