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by Steve Sawyer
Thu May 21, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass string length
Replies: 6
Views: 1051

Re: Bass string length

Am I wrong that I’ve seen somewhere that the silk windings can be unwound and the string “shortened”? Can’t seem to find anything on that via a web search. Maybe I hallucinated it. I tend to do that...
by Steve Sawyer
Tue May 19, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: New Build Pics
Replies: 6
Views: 1705

Re: New Build Pics

Yes - looking forward to seeing those progress.

I'm really interested in seeing the carve on that bass. I seriously thought of trying something like that on my current build, but decided to play it safe and just do a carve on the solid walnut edge.
by Steve Sawyer
Tue May 19, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Newbie build
Replies: 8
Views: 1907

Re: Newbie build

I'm really impressed, Jeff - I think most of us try something much less challenging for our first build (at least I did!!)

Very nice job!
by Steve Sawyer
Tue May 19, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bridge placement (electric bass)
Replies: 3
Views: 1687

Bridge placement (electric bass)

I’m installing a 4-string Kickass bridge on a new build. Where would you recommend the bridge be positioned? If the bridge should be positioned so that the scale length is halfway between the min and max intonation values (0.36” and 0.81” behind the front edge respectively) then the mounting holes s...
by Steve Sawyer
Fri May 15, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Overhang values for a bass
Replies: 2
Views: 792

Re: Overhang values for a bass

Thanks, Beate. My bridge has adjustable string spacing, so I was primarily interested in overhang for nut slotting. Before I commit, I’ve been using braided fishing line (doesn’t stretch) to double-check the overhang along the entire FB. This’ll get me in the ballpark, and I’ll use your comment to g...
by Steve Sawyer
Fri May 15, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass string length
Replies: 6
Views: 1051

Re: Bass string length

Thanks, Peter. I figured they would, just not sure how much! :)
by Steve Sawyer
Fri May 15, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Overhang values for a bass
Replies: 2
Views: 792

Overhang values for a bass

The only example I have on-hand is a Bass VI, and that has overhang values as shown below (FB edge to center of string). Am I correct that I can use something close to these values for a 4-string? @ nut... 6th string - 0.150" 1st string - 0.110" @ 12th fret... 6th string - 0.167" 1st string - 0.119"
by Steve Sawyer
Fri May 15, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass string length
Replies: 6
Views: 1051

Re: Bass string length

Thanks, David. I’m using a Hipshot bridge that doesn’t offer a through-body option, but I’m still kinda leaning toward the longer set. Bass strings ain’t cheap, and a scrunch too long is easier to deal with than a scrunch too short! :)
by Steve Sawyer
Thu May 14, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass string length
Replies: 6
Views: 1051

Bass string length

Building a short-scale bass. Research tells me the “wound length”, “from ball end to silk ends” means from the ball to where the silk wrap starts . In the flat-wound choices I have there are strings with a wound length of 32 1/4” and 34”. Either looks like it could work, but the one looks a bit clos...
by Steve Sawyer
Tue May 05, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 5-bolt pattern on a bolt-on neck?
Replies: 6
Views: 1897

Re: 5-bolt pattern on a bolt-on neck?

Ok. Thanks guys. On a related issue, my original plan was to have the heel 1” thick. Took a bit more planing to get everything nicely squared-up, so the neck is closer to 3/4”. I can easily “stack” the heel to 1” which will allow carving a smoother transition between the body and neck, but the body ...
by Steve Sawyer
Mon May 04, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 5-bolt pattern on a bolt-on neck?
Replies: 6
Views: 1897

Re: 5-bolt pattern on a bolt-on neck?

Andy - thanks! I would have ended up grinding the point off a screw (duh!)

Barry - good point on that. So taking all of this into account, would this be structurally sound, or should I push both body-side bolts back close to the heel?

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by Steve Sawyer
Sun May 03, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Wood and Materials Q&A
Topic: Brazilian Hickory
Replies: 9
Views: 2057

Re: Brazilian Hickory

That is stunning. Having never heard of Brazilian Hickory, I did a little digging. As is often the case, the flooring vendors have it so listed, but appears to be Guajuvira, and sometimes also marketed as Brazilian Pecan and Macchiato Pecan. My go-to wood site (http://hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woo...
by Steve Sawyer
Sun May 03, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: 5-bolt pattern on a bolt-on neck?
Replies: 6
Views: 1897

5-bolt pattern on a bolt-on neck?

I admit that the motivation is more cosmetic than anything else, but would there be any downside to a pattern like this on my current short-scale bass build?
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by Steve Sawyer
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Glues and Finishes
Topic: Truoil application
Replies: 6
Views: 6599

Re: Truoil application

Interested in this thread as I just started a build that may be finished with Tru-Oil. I'm finding myself surprised at your problems with this, Matt, as Tru-Oil is simply a "wiping varnish" of the type that I've used for about 20 years on furniture. The beauty of a wiping varnish is that the applica...
by Steve Sawyer
Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Attach routing template to spruce top
Replies: 23
Views: 6616

Re: Attach routing template to spruce top

Bob Gramann wrote:
Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:38 pm
Congratulations. Nice rosette.
I'll second that! VERY nice!!
by Steve Sawyer
Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Low-hum single-coil?
Replies: 5
Views: 6230

Re: Low-hum single-coil?

Thanks David. And yes, Gordon - that was my conclusion as well. My house is pretty well wired, but I know that there is one outlet in our bedroom - across the hall from the music room - that has a bad ground. I've shielded the hell out of this Strat, and used a continuity tester to make sure everyth...
by Steve Sawyer
Sun Mar 01, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Low-hum single-coil?
Replies: 5
Views: 6230

Re: Low-hum single-coil?

Thanks for your thoughts, David. My Strat's center is RPRW, but even when running it in conjunction with the neck or bridge pup, I'm getting some noise, especially when running any kind of overdrive (I have to stand in a certain position to get it to completely quiet down). I looked at those Kinman'...
by Steve Sawyer
Fri Feb 28, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Low-hum single-coil?
Replies: 5
Views: 6230

Low-hum single-coil?

Having been playing a humbucker-equipped guitar for a few months, I’m finding the hum of my (super well-shielded) Strat to be really annoying. Looking to stay in the ballpark tone-wise, but ditch the hum. Has anyone any experience with Lace Sensor pickups? They seem very reasonably priced for a set ...
by Steve Sawyer
Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass guitar design advice
Replies: 45
Views: 17252

Re: Bass guitar design advice

Thanks, Barry. I have to say that Fusion 360 is an amazing design tool, but wow - one hell of a learning curve!! In addition to the thickness of the body, I'm wondering if I have enough "meat" around the tuner holes, or if I should change the headstock profile a bit - or maybe move the tuner holes f...
by Steve Sawyer
Sat Feb 01, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass guitar design advice
Replies: 45
Views: 17252

Re: Bass guitar design advice

Okay - before I start cutting wood & stuff, I'd really appreciate any critique of this design. The basic dimensions and profile for the body were taken from plans for a short-scale Alembic bass. A quick note re that "rabbet" you see around the top of the deck face of the body. I was trying to incorp...