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About skibum5545

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    Plays Well With Madness
  • Birthday 10/05/1988

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  1. Here are some sound clips: one is only the bridge pickup, which has a cool, modern, hi-fi, sound, and the other is a metal riff using both pickups (get it? Metal? hurr hurr). http://soundcloud.com/dmd53/bothpups http://soundcloud.com/dmd53/brpup Finally, a live track from last night, with the bass boosted so you can hear it better: http://soundcloud.com/dmd53/yessica
  2. All told, the aluminum cost 50 or 60 bucks. I didn't have to pay for my own filler rod (the fab shop supplied it) but that would have been another 10 or so. I knew it would be heavy, though I didn't know exactly how heavy. I could have made the whole body thinner, and in retrospect, I should have used 1/8" material for the top and back rather than 3/16". I took some steps to reduce weight (note the odd shape of the central frame, instead of just a big rectangular block of aluminum) but reducing the 3/4" thick block to 1/2" and the top/back to 1/8" would've shaved off a few pounds. Of c
  3. Hey all! It's been a very long time since I posted-- mostly because I went off to college and had no woodshop-- but I've been taking time off from school to learn to weld, and built this thing as a sort of final project for the year. I figured y'alls would appreciate it, so here it is! I bought an Ibanez BTB 6-string, and replaced the body with a semi-hollow aluminum one. It's all welded by hand, and yes, it is extremely heavy (16 pounds!!) I sketched up the body shape a couple years ago when I thought I would be using it for a guitar: The body has a central framework with t
  4. What do you want the other two positions of the switch to do? Both pickups on for both positions (you can just use the volumes for pickup selection), or are you looking to do something fancier? What I just described is pretty simple, but it seems like a waste when you have the other position to work with. Check out this website: http://guitarelectronics.com/c=gWP7z1RSxfv...iringresources/ It's got everything you need to cobble together some anything but the most absurd wiring configurations.
  5. Damn you, toddler, if you had just left the laminates on top.... It had to be the cocobolo one-piece for me. I have a soft spot for natural woods, and when I saw that one, that was all she wrote. This was likely the hardest month I've ever witnessed; everyone did a fantastic job, and truly wish I could've voted for all of ya.
  6. Actually, that might well be an insult in Germany... My favorite insult, though, is "Du bist ein bleistift!"-- short, and to the point, and just sounds dirty, y'know? It means "you are a pencil" Also, "ICH WERDE DIR EIN PAAR KEKSE MACHEN!!!" -- "I WILL MAKE YOU SOME COOKIES!!!"
  7. Congrats on the new house, and good luck with your build! One thing I have found about luthiery that makes it nervewracking-- but at the same time, gives it its inimitable joy-- is that there is always some improvisation involved. Reading books helps, true, but sometimes you just have to take a step back and ask yourself, "What's the best way for -me- to solve this problem?", and then go for it. As for tools, a router is a total necessity, and not a place to skimp on the price-- IIRC Metal Matt has a story about the collet of a $20 router blowing to bits while he was working on a guitar.
  8. Any sharp point is liable to chip. However, in this situation, you've got the grain running down to the tip of the spike (not across it) so that adds a lot of strength. Just be careful when handling the thing, and use a nice, strong wood.
  9. 1. Anywhere between 11 and 15 degrees for the headstock is fine; this doesn't differ from a guitar much. 2. With such hard woods being used, you won't need graphite. Obviously, it can't hurt anything, but it's by no means a necessity. Heck, some people even put two truss rods in 5 and 6 string basses, but that's probably overkill on a 5 string, anyway. As for headstocks, Fender spec is 5/8", and I know for sure that Gotoh GB-7 tuners (the smaller of the two common kinds of bass tuners) are made to go through 5/8" headstocks. Do you know what you're doing for electronics, etc. yet?
  10. I think you all know where my vote went.... Best of luck to whomever takes this thing; I'd love to own any guitar here.
  11. Basically, you just need to make sure the truss rod channel is the right length and width, and dead straight down the center of the neck. You can do the centering and aligning based off the edges of your maple laminate, as they're the only remaining straight part on the neck. www.Stewmac.com will have suitable instructions for installing the truss rod. As for Getting the fingerboard perfectly straight, the brass tacks only work if you have excess neck width that you can hammer them into. Since your neck is already tapered, what I'd do is align the fretboard on the neck and double-stick-tape
  12. Ditto on the PJ set. I've got the EMG P-J set in my bass--it's the same pickups Victor Wooten uses; also in a mahogany and maple bass IIRC-- and I get a great sound from it. Some people think EMGs are brittle and sterile, but I've never really gotten that impression. The only other issue, then, is the cost, and EMGs aren't the cheapest option. The only Seymour Duncans I've heard struck me as completely uninteresting, but they did at least sound solid. Something I've always wanted to try was Bill Lawrence's bass pickups. I love the sound of his guitar humbuckers, and he makes both a P and a
  13. Northern ash is a very strong and hard wood. While I've never seen it used for a neck before, I have no reason to believe it wouldn't work so long as you choose a nice straight-grained-- preferably quartersawn-- piece. Ash can tend to have a pretty wild grain, and while that kind of grain makes for stunning bodies, it also makes for stunningly unstable necks. Choose your wood wisely, though, and you can avoid most problems down the line. The only concern I would have is that ash has an extremely open grain, and may not be the most comfortable wood to play on when compared with a tight grain
  14. I was thinking about the title for this thread, too... I really should get it changed, but I'm not sure what channels to go through to do so. I think I'll just PM a mod, and see what they can do. But you're right, it can't stay the same.
  15. Oztradie-- The weight balance turned out fine. It would be a little neck heavy, but the long top horn evens things out a bit, and it ends up sitting just about perfect. Funny you should mention building a neck... I've got a joint project brewing with fellow PG member Mushytheshroom that's pushing my limits quite a bit past where I have before, but I'm trying to keep the project on the DL-- you never know who's watching-- but expect some more info in the next couple months. Keep those comments comin'!
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