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by Dave Higham
Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:10 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Guitar Finishers Recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 4727

Re: Guitar Finishers Recommendations

I imagine it was Addam Stark, but Eddie already knows about him.
by Dave Higham
Sun Dec 28, 2014 9:52 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A 5-string multi-scale Skeleton Bass
Replies: 32
Views: 31462

Re: A 5-string multi-scale Skeleton Bass

I haven't been around here lately either, so hadn't noticed this thread had been revived. Thank you all for your comments.
by Dave Higham
Sun Dec 28, 2014 9:27 am
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: December Giveaway
Replies: 43
Views: 20121

Re: December Giveaway

Hope I'm not too late.
by Dave Higham
Thu Oct 02, 2014 3:08 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Side (rib) Cutting Pattern?
Replies: 6
Views: 3191

Re: Side (rib) Cutting Pattern?

Whet Colin didn't mention in his tutorial is that when the body mould is on the radius dish, you block up the lower bout end of the mould by the difference in body depth between heel block and tail block. I made an acoustic bass guitar with a wedge shaped body. This meant I had to not only raise the...
by Dave Higham
Mon Sep 29, 2014 5:24 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Side (rib) Cutting Pattern?
Replies: 6
Views: 3191

Re: Side (rib) Cutting Pattern?

If it's OK to point to a thread on another forum, this is a foolproof way of doing it:

http://www.luthiersforum.com/forum/view ... de+profile
by Dave Higham
Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:27 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Has anyone played around with the U-Bass concept?
Replies: 16
Views: 7049

Re: Has anyone played around with the U-Bass concept?

I've had a Ubass on my 'to make' list for a while and I've even got the Pahoehoe strings, but I recently came across this German made version that uses specially made wound strings. I don't know how to go about getting hold of them though. http://www.guitars.de/stevens-custom-guitar/galerie/akustik-...
by Dave Higham
Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:52 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A 5-string multi-scale Skeleton Bass
Replies: 32
Views: 31462

Re: A 5-string multi-scale Skeleton Bass

Pete, the rosewood and mahogany layers are 2mm (.080") thick and the white veneer about 0.6mm (0.024"). I pre-bent the rosewood and maple layers all to the same shape as if they were acoustic guitar sides using a Fox-type bender and a heating blanket. There was some spring-back but that didn't reall...
by Dave Higham
Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:56 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A 5-string multi-scale Skeleton Bass
Replies: 32
Views: 31462

Re: A 5-string multi-scale Skeleton Bass

Thank you Mark. On the last-but-one bass I made, I decided to try a flat fingerboard. Let's be honest, it's easier to make and a lot of people seem to be making and playing them these days. I found it didn't make any difference to me (but then I'm just a 'plonker' as far as playing is concerned) and...
by Dave Higham
Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A 5-string multi-scale Skeleton Bass
Replies: 32
Views: 31462

Re: A 5-string multi-scale Skeleton Bass

Thank you David and Hans. Very much appreciated.
by Dave Higham
Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:17 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A 5-string multi-scale Skeleton Bass
Replies: 32
Views: 31462

Re: A 5-string multi-scale Skeleton Bass

Thank you for the kind words. Peter, the neck and fingerboard are normal except that there's no radius on the fingerboard. But, as the nut is at an angle to the centreline of the fingerboard, the headstock slopes back along that angle which makes it skewed. (I'm explaining this very badly.) If you t...
by Dave Higham
Wed Jul 16, 2014 5:26 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A 5-string multi-scale Skeleton Bass
Replies: 32
Views: 31462

A 5-string multi-scale Skeleton Bass

This was inspired by the Stega basses made by French luthier Paul Lairat. I repeat, I didn't think this up all by myself. There are, however, several small differences between his basses and this one. Mine has fanned frets, a bolt-on neck, controls on the treble side, a different shape, a flat finge...
by Dave Higham
Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:26 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Using wood from antiques?
Replies: 17
Views: 6022

Re: Using wood from antiques?

I know you’re talking about acoustic instruments, but this (my first) bass used to be a very plain antique chest of drawers. Two drawers were missing, one was badly broken and my ex-boss had put it out to be burnt. I rescued it, dismantled it and found it was all solid mahogany. The nicest wood was ...
by Dave Higham
Sat Dec 07, 2013 5:08 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A 5-String Multiscale ‘Headless’ DIY Bass
Replies: 111
Views: 47882

Re: A 5-String Multiscale ‘Headless’ DIY Bass

Thank you one and all for your kind words. Very much appreciated.
by Dave Higham
Fri Dec 06, 2013 5:13 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A 5-String Multiscale ‘Headless’ DIY Bass
Replies: 111
Views: 47882

Re: A 5-String Multiscale ‘Headless’ DIY Bass

Thank you Jim, that's very kind. So I kept putting coats of Tru-Oil on until I’d used the bottle up but I don’t think I put the coats on thin enough. So after dozens of coats using kitchen paper it had the equivalent of brush marks in the surface. I decided to rub it down with 800 grit wet-and-dry a...
by Dave Higham
Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:07 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A 5-String Multiscale ‘Headless’ DIY Bass
Replies: 111
Views: 47882

Re: A 5-String Multiscale ‘Headless’ DIY Bass

Chuck Tweedy wrote:You can get Tru-Oil in France!?!
Well, no I haven't been able to find it in France, but I can get it from the UK via Ebay.
by Dave Higham
Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:51 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A 5-String Multiscale ‘Headless’ DIY Bass
Replies: 111
Views: 47882

Re: A 5-String Multiscale ‘Headless’ DIY Bass

Here it is in action, with a bit of broom handle screwed to the neck.
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by Dave Higham
Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:50 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A 5-String Multiscale ‘Headless’ DIY Bass
Replies: 111
Views: 47882

Re: A 5-String Multiscale ‘Headless’ DIY Bass

OK, OK we’re getting to the end now. The next things I made on the lathe were these little ebony ‘grommets’ (don’t know what else to call them). They are glued in the holes in the headstock where the Allen key is inserted to lock the strings. I just think it looks nicer than bare holes in the headst...
by Dave Higham
Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:49 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: A 5-String Multiscale ‘Headless’ DIY Bass
Replies: 111
Views: 47882

Re: A 5-String Multiscale ‘Headless’ DIY Bass

I now had to make a few odds and ends to finish off. First the ferrules for anchoring the strings up at the sharp end. I started out with some pieces of 5mm brass rod and cut off some short pieces of 12mm rod, 6mm long with a 5mm hole through them. I also made some similar ebony pieces. Here they al...