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by Dave Higham
Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:39 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: 47883

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

Thanks John. Before I retired I was a draughtsman using 3D CAD (Pro Engineer) every day . I sometimes wish I still had it. I now use one of the 2D AutoCAD clones for my drawings. One of the last things to do on the body was to drill the hole for the jack socket and it’s a big scary hole drilled in a...
by Dave Higham
Fri Nov 22, 2013 6:20 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: 47883

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

I carry on like this, cutting smaller facets and finish up blending them together with sanding boards and abrasive strip in the ‘shoe-shine’ fashion. Then I blend the neck profile into the volute and here’s the result. HFN MIMF 066.JPG Here’s the heel finished. HFN MIMF 067.JPG That nice crisp edge ...
by Dave Higham
Fri Nov 22, 2013 6:16 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: 47883

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

Wow. How come I'd never heard of Edgar Meyer? Back to more mundane things... Now to shape the neck, starting with the curve of the volute on the makeshift spindle sander. HFN MIMF 061.JPG Here’s the result. HFN MIMF 062.JPG On to shaping the neck proper. I do this by drawing a couple of cross sectio...
by Dave Higham
Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:13 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: 47883

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

I think we have similar musical tastes Mark. From JT to JT. ;) I'm sure you know who I mean by the second JT. Another of my favourites is also a JT. June Tabor, do you know of her? Here's a nice sample with long time collaborator Martin Simpson. I think you'll know the song. https://www.youtube.com/...
by Dave Higham
Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:15 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: 47883

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

Thanks Mark. For anyone who's never heard of Leland Sklar, he's one of the most sought-after session bass players. He started out with James Taylor and as well as playing on most of JT's albums has played on over 2000 others! Funnily enough, there was a short clip on French television this evening p...
by Dave Higham
Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:28 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: 47883

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

Yeah, I'm just an old softy. :) At this point the body was just about ready for finishing, so back to the neck. I like to use threaded inserts and machine screws to attach the neck. I know that woodscrews will hold a neck perfectly well, but I seem to be screwing and unscrewing quite a lot before fi...
by Dave Higham
Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:00 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: 47883

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

I bevelled the back in the waist, tapering the bevel right up to the end of the upper horn. The bevel doesn’t show up very well in the photo. The bevel was cut using spoke-shaves and sanding sticks and was made so the edge of the body is the same thickness from the widest part of the lower bout to t...
by Dave Higham
Fri Nov 15, 2013 5:58 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: 47883

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

Thanks Steve. Instead of an arm-rest bevel on the front of the body, I put a cylindrical surface on the whole of the bass half (this is why I had to vary the depth of the cavities I routed before gluing the two halves of the body together). I made this jig for the second bass I made which had a cyli...
by Dave Higham
Wed Nov 13, 2013 2:25 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: 47883

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

Chuck Tweedy wrote:Okay, now how do you get the cover OFF??
Hooray! I left it there to see if any one would ask. (Might have known Mr Tweedy would.)

This is how.
HFB MIMF 033.JPG
by Dave Higham
Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:03 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Lefty body and pick guard search
Replies: 13
Views: 3271

Re: Lefty body and pick guard search

They sell pickguard material, so you could make your own and buy the body somewhere else.
Google is your friend.
https://www.google.fr/search?q=l+h+guit ... +&tbm=isch
by Dave Higham
Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:00 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: 47883

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

So now when the cavity cover is in place, it sits slightly proud of the back.
HFB MIMF 031.JPG
So I sent it through the sander a few times until it was flush. It turned out to be quite a good fit.
HFB MIMF 032.JPG
by Dave Higham
Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:56 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: 47883

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

Fixed the template to the body (still using the dowels) and routed the recess for the cover. HFB MIMF 026.JPG The cover will be held in place by small magnets so I stuck the cover to a piece of MDF using double sided tape and routed round it to make another template. I marked out the positions of th...
by Dave Higham
Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:52 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: 47883

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

your language is precise and clean. Well, I do try. (Don't get me going on bad English, or even bad American ;) , or bad punctuation, or spelling! :o ['No, heal is what happens after you stuck the chisel in your thumb and it started to get better. That bit of your guitar's neck is a heel dammit!'] ...
by Dave Higham
Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:50 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Spitfire Bass
Replies: 3
Views: 1364

Re: Spitfire Bass

Wow! More information please Murray.
As someone who worked for a top industrial designer (David Mellor) for 20 years, I'm always impressed by your creations.
by Dave Higham
Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:59 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: 47883

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

Next was the neck pocket. (Before starting on it I marked out and drilled the rest of the holes for the neck screws.) The same procedure was used to make the template. Here the template blank is dowelled to the body and the neck is being aligned with the body. Then strips were screwed to the templat...
by Dave Higham
Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:50 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: 47883

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

I followed the same procedure for the pickup recesses except that I hogged some of the wood out with a Forstner bit before routing. So here are the bridge and pickup routes done. The pickup routes are rather deep and I had to pull the router cutter out of the collet more than I would have liked, but...
by Dave Higham
Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:46 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: 47883

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

Now back to the body and a lot of router templates. I started by making a template to rout a recess for the bridge. I stuck a piece of the plan to a piece of MDF, stuck the bridge in place using double sided tape and surrounded it by strips of wood screwed down to the MDF. The MDF is big enough to s...
by Dave Higham
Thu Nov 07, 2013 4:25 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: 47883

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

I made a new router table. It’s just as basic as the other one but it’s bigger and easier to set up. So after having cut off the surplus on the band-saw, I routed the neck flush with the fingerboard. HFN MIMF 045.JPG The neck routed flush to the fingerboard and the extension (up to the neck pickup) ...
by Dave Higham
Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:34 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: 47883

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

Chuck Tweedy wrote: You know, headstock corners, heel-cap pieces, bits of binding, etc.
Funny you should mention that Chuck. When I started working on the other end of the neck, I dinged the headstock so many times I had to modify it slightly. For the next few operations it looked like this.
HFN MIMF 046.JPG
by Dave Higham
Mon Nov 04, 2013 4:00 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: 47883

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

Ya got me Chuck! :lol: :lol: :lol:
(Is English Breakfast tea bad for keyboards?)