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by Alexander Higgins
Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The Hossenfeffer Bass
Replies: 69
Views: 68206

Re: The Hossenfeffer Bass

Haven't updated this in a while, long enough that all my Photobucket links tanked. Like many people, I wasn't about to go from a free hosting service to a ridiculously expensive one on short notice, kind a scummy maneuver by Photobucket. Anyway...... Finished the bass, sorry for the slightly blurry ...
by Alexander Higgins
Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The Hossenfeffer Bass
Replies: 69
Views: 68206

Re: The Hossenfeffer Bass

Time for the "Full-Dress" mockup prior to final sanding. I had to relieve the 7/8" holes drilled for dual output jacks a bit, the stereo jack is a pretty tight fit. Looks good so far, but I won't know if anything is shorting out until I wire it up at the end. http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t266/...
by Alexander Higgins
Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: My Rickenbacker 650D copy
Replies: 5
Views: 5420

Re: My Rickenbacker 650D copy

Nice Job! I always liked that body shape, been thinking about a short-scale bass build using that design. What did you use for clearcoat?
by Alexander Higgins
Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Four string fretless
Replies: 28
Views: 25433

Re: Four string fretless

Hey Frederiek,
Nice to see you posting on MIMF as well as TB, nice people and good advice over here too. Bass looks fantastic!

Alex Higgins, AKA Gilmourisgod
by Alexander Higgins
Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The Hossenfeffer Bass
Replies: 69
Views: 68206

Re: The Hossenfeffer Bass

First Nut Job (No bad jokes, please) This is an OEM Rickenbacker bakelite pre-slotted nut. I like the material, it's very hard and kind of waxy, but it takes a nice polish. I was shooting for .022" clearance from top of first fret to bottom of unfretted string, which would theoretically leave around...
by Alexander Higgins
Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The Hossenfeffer Bass
Replies: 69
Views: 68206

Re: The Hossenfeffer Bass

Per the suggestions, went back and got the fret crowns much thinner with a combination of file and sanding stick, as thin as I dared without scratching the fret tops. http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t266/Gilmourisgod1/IMG_5667_zps1rswc5az.jpg http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t266/Gilmourisgod1/...
by Alexander Higgins
Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The Hossenfeffer Bass
Replies: 69
Views: 68206

Re: The Hossenfeffer Bass

Thanks for comments. I suspected I needed to go farther in narrowing the line, I'll keep working them finer. I've seen that technique with grooving a piece of wood before, the sanding stick actually has a notch filed in the tip already, they are also available with no notch in case you want to file ...
by Alexander Higgins
Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The Hossenfeffer Bass
Replies: 69
Views: 68206

Re: The Hossenfeffer Bass

Frets leveled with 320 grit, also went over them a couple passes with 600 grit to get some of the scratches out. I got this set of crowning tools cheap on Ebay, and it shows, had to polish up the "safe" edges of the three corner files a little before use, a bit crudely ground. Otherwise they seemed ...
by Alexander Higgins
Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 5 String Bass Build
Replies: 56
Views: 58343

Re: 5 String Bass Build

Is that one of those new "compression" flushcut spiral bits? I've been looking for something that won't tearout like a straight bit. How do you like it?
by Alexander Higgins
Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The Hossenfeffer Bass
Replies: 69
Views: 68206

Re: The Hossenfeffer Bass

What ever you do now Alexander, I can guarantee you that the fret plane will look different in a year or two's time so don't be surprised if you have to do the fret leveling all over again as the neck wood gives in gradually to the continuous strain of string tension and the slightly imbalanced str...
by Alexander Higgins
Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The Hossenfeffer Bass
Replies: 69
Views: 68206

Re: The Hossenfeffer Bass

Thanks Barry, that eases my mind a lot. I guess I'll move on to fret crown and polish!
by Alexander Higgins
Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The Hossenfeffer Bass
Replies: 69
Views: 68206

Re: The Hossenfeffer Bass

OK.... So anybody interested in building a Vinson clone of the Stewmac neck jig may find this interesting, if not, a real yawner. I found the 2x4 beam suggested in the Vinson plans is just not stiff enough, so I glued and screwed on a 3/4" plywood piece, seemed to really make it rigid. I also found ...
by Alexander Higgins
Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 5 String Bass Build
Replies: 56
Views: 58343

Re: 5 String Bass Build

Very nice, clean work, hard to believe that's your first bass!
by Alexander Higgins
Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The Hossenfeffer Bass
Replies: 69
Views: 68206

Re: The Hossenfeffer Bass

At this point, I feel like ive got nothing to lose by trying to make to pre cut nut work, if its a bust, I'm out a few bucks. Given how crazy tall this is, I figured on taking some meat off the bottom first to get into the ballpark before I file the slots any deeper. I CA glued the strip of brass th...
by Alexander Higgins
Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The Hossenfeffer Bass
Replies: 69
Views: 68206

Re: The Hossenfeffer Bass

Couldn't find a reamer anywhere local, so I just dew a 17/32" circle around my 1/2" holes as a guide to keep things circular, and went at it with a tapered round rasp a tiny bit a t a time until I got a firm thumb-press fit on the bushings. http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t266/Gilmourisgod1/IMG_5...
by Alexander Higgins
Wed Jan 04, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The Hossenfeffer Bass
Replies: 69
Views: 68206

Re: The Hossenfeffer Bass

Regarding the tuner holes - I used to drill two step holes, then decided there was no reason to have to do this. The post is supported by the gears inside the tuner, and by the bushing in the peg head. Unless the smaller hole is absolutely concentric and of perfect diameter, it offers no additional...
by Alexander Higgins
Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The Hossenfeffer Bass
Replies: 69
Views: 68206

Re: The Hossenfeffer Bass

Bridge set with 3 out of five screws. Hope I did this right: 33.25" scale, so 16-5/8" from nut to 12th, 16-5/8" from 12th to knife edge on G string saddle. I set the G saddle as far forward as it would go, then backed it off 4 turns to leave about 3/32" of travel towards nut. http://i162.photobucket...
by Alexander Higgins
Tue Jan 03, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The Hossenfeffer Bass
Replies: 69
Views: 68206

Re: The Hossenfeffer Bass

I noticed that you are planning a rattle-can lacquer finish. I did three projects with rattle-can acrylic lacquer, and after a few years the finish has started to pick up stuff. It mars where it sits on a guitar stand, the strap sticks to it, a fabric rag burns into it and fibers embed into it. Not...
by Alexander Higgins
Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:09 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The Hossenfeffer Bass
Replies: 69
Views: 68206

Re: The Hossenfeffer Bass

out of the clamps after body wing glue-up. The dowels held everything tight and flush. http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t266/Gilmourisgod1/IMG_5161_zpsnbero5x5.jpg Pickguard and electronics mockup http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t266/Gilmourisgod1/IMG_5162_zpsav5yaawd.jpg http://i162.photobucke...
by Alexander Higgins
Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:31 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Carbon Fiber Reinforcement
Replies: 17
Views: 26625

Re: Carbon Fiber Reinforcement

My current build is a Ric 4001bass tribute build, all Ric basses have two trussrods. I havent seen any real problems with two trussrods as far as neck stability, but I wanted to avoid the big truss rod adjustment pocket and no volute inherent to the standard Ric design. Its a real weak point in the ...