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Everything posted by Stavromulabeta

  1. @mistermikev, quick one for you now I'm speccing out the cavities for batteries etc. I just about have space for 2 PP3's, but I'm not sure if there's all that much benefit to going 18V or not. Most preamps seem to be either 9V or switchable. If there's not much to choose I might stick to a single one for space reasons.
  2. Hi all, it's been a bit of a hectic time lately with going back to work (from home). I've also been much more careful with wood storage! Some small progress though. I now have a complete neck-through blank, and I'm really pleased with how it's looking! The nerve racking job of making that scarf joint is coming up fast! I also made a start on the body wings - going for a thick maple top over mahogany. I had to do a bit of maths to work out the thicknesses. I wanted the 10mm carves to leave a nice ratio of 1/3 to 2/3 at the thinner edge. For those of you who are interested,
  3. I know I'm coming to this late, but I'm completely in awe of your router setup.. That looks like it could be a worthy addition to the man-cave! ..and I do have some plywood lying around... Also love the fretboard. I'm toying with a similar idea for a "binding" line between the woods of my body lams.. interested to know how it stabilises(?). Given your troubles I don't know if epoxy rather than wenge dust/resin mix is a better idea..
  4. Hi all, It's been a slow week on the guitar front with going back to work. I also had a bit of a set back as I found that I'd had some bowing in both the maple neck sections and the laminated parts. After consulting the oracle (my dad), best bet is that it's just one side drying out faster - the fresh planed sides are all the ones which are long (convex). I've clamped them all up straight with room to breathe, away from the shed. So let's see in a few days. I suspect that it was more humid in there over winter than I thought for.. Turns out my bed is about the only place with a long enoug
  5. Thanks everyone! Great (and crazy) to hear that there's people anticipating this as much as me! @mistermikev, haha yes it's all down to clever framing.. That bin is steadily developing its own fossil record (and likely, ecosystem) but I can't get rid due to lockdown or burn it due to lack of firepit/brazier... I'd not actually considered building my own pre-amp but that sounds like a cool little project - I studied amplifiers and electronics in my degree so could be time to dust some of that off! I suppose they are op-amp based? I'd looked at Bartolini pickups and the Darkglass pre
  6. Cheers! I really love getting things precise, it makes all the difference! Whereabouts are you from in Derby by the way? I'm originally from Draycott (near Long Eaton)! I've gone back to work now, so progress has slowed a bit. I've just been tidying up my maple neck blank. Hoping to get the full neck stock together by the weekend. Unfortunately the only blank I had was a 25mm x 105mm plank which will need a bit of creativity to get a through-neck out of.. I couldn't really justify an extra £50 for a 2" one with this lying around... My plan is to halve it lengthways, flip one si
  7. Thanks guys! Looking forward to keeping this updated. @Workingman, I hope I can live up to expectations - very jealous of double-bass players, it's just an achingly cool instrument! So today marks the end of week one and finishing the core of the neck! I feel like all I've done is keep planes sharp and clamp bits of wood together but it's all worth it! The padauk was a bulk buy a while ago, so took quite a lot of work to get it down to the 15mm needed. Good planing (and sharpening) practice though! That big no. 6 plane gives a crazy good finish when it's sharp! (It used to be my gran
  8. So after a long hiatus, I'm back building again! My last was the explorer in about 2015, so it's been a while. I've been loving playing that in my band, easily the best sounding guitar I own! I've wanted to get back to it for ages, but life got in the way with moving countries and house buying etc.. Lockdown and furlough has given me a prime opportunity to finally get the shed set up and back to it though! Anyway, this time around it's going to be a bass - my first one! I've been spending more time with my Thunderbird lately but am really craving that extra string for some djen
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