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by Dave Higham
Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:10 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

Now for the body. I bought the top wood about 7 or 8 years ago from Larry Davis but got distracted by another project each time I should have started on it. It’s figured maple and about 7/8” thick. The other body wood is alder from a French supplier and is in one piece. The alder was about 1”1/4 thi...
by Dave Higham
Fri Oct 11, 2013 4:53 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 for the kind words. I spent my working life as an engineering draughtsman (in the UK and France) and a large part of my time in the UK making prototypes and models for a boss for whom perfection was only just good enough. I think I might have quite liked to be a watchmaker, or a jeweller, ...
by Dave Higham
Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:23 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

String anchors and knobs assembled. The 8 holes you can see are the ones surplus to requirements. As the magnets are very small I thought I might need more than the four you can see. I didn’t. I have enough trouble getting the cover off with just four! HFBR MIMF 013.JPG And cover in place. HFBR MIMF...
by Dave Higham
Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:18 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

You're right Barry. Although a longer slot leaves a bit more room for the dust to go. I found these control knobs online at Axesrus in the UK. As my string spacing is 18mm I couldn’t use standard 5/8” diameter (19mm) knobs but these are only nominally 14mm diameter I put them in my little lathe and ...
by Dave Higham
Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:12 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

Thanks for the comments guys. David, no doubt African blackwood would be a better choice, I suppose that's why it's a preferred wood for woodwind instruments, but I don't know where I'd be able to get it. I happen to have a rather large chunk of ebony so that's what I used. Here's a further installm...
by Dave Higham
Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:16 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: 47882

A 5-String Multiscale ‘Headless’ DIY Bass

Hi everyone. I’ve been mostly a lurker lately but, as I recently finished a (nother) bass I thought I’d share it with you. And as the MIMF now allows ‘build’ threads (on n’arrête pas le progrès) I’ll show you (most of) how I did it. I’ve made a few basses but each one has been totally different from...
by Dave Higham
Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:25 pm
Forum: The Soundhole
Topic: PRS' Take on acoustic guitars
Replies: 14
Views: 20493

Re: PRS' Take on acoustic guitars

Martin Simpson and Tony McManus seem to like the PRS acoustics (although they probably didn't have to buy them ;) ). I saw Martin with his band in the UK 2 years ago and after the concert asked him what that guitar was he was playing. He said "It's a PRS, and it's great!"). Here's a nice little vide...
by Dave Higham
Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:59 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: The stronger truss rod
Replies: 11
Views: 3162

Re: The stronger truss rod

It wasn't until I migrated from two 1/4" x 3/8" spars to two 1/8" x 1/2" ones that I really got to see the benefits. These two spars are nominally the same stiffness Just a small (pedantic) point. The ratio of stiffness of your 1/8" x 1/2" spars to the 1/4 x 3/8" ones is 64 to 54. So they are 18.5%...
by Dave Higham
Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:52 pm
Forum: Jam Session
Topic: An August giveaway
Replies: 37
Views: 11959

Re: An August giveaway

Don't know if I dare really. I haven't been around much lately. :oops:
Oh, and I'm not a Scot, I'm a Yorkshireman. That's pretty much the same thing but without the generous streak. ;)
by Dave Higham
Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:24 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic Bass Guitar questions
Replies: 14
Views: 5211

Re: Acoustic Bass Guitar questions

Thank you gentlemen. I'm pleased you enjoyed it.
by Dave Higham
Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic Bass Guitar questions
Replies: 14
Views: 5211

Re: Acoustic Bass Guitar questions

Unfortunately you have to log in just to see it. Can't you post it here, too? Yes Mark, that is a bit of a problem. The Luthier Community was founded by people who had had enough of a certain megalomaniac tonewood supplier and his threats on his forum, so they started the LC and made sure that (a v...
by Dave Higham
Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:32 am
Forum: Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Acoustic Bass Guitar questions
Replies: 14
Views: 5211

Re: Acoustic Bass Guitar questions

I hope this post doesn't contravene the new forum rules. I did a very detailed construction thread on The Luthier Community forum. It probably has one or two bells and whistles that you don't need (I made it for my own amusement) but does incorporate some of the features you mention. Read all my com...
by Dave Higham
Mon Jul 16, 2012 4:48 pm
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Bass Truss Rods
Replies: 12
Views: 17729

Re: Bass Truss Rods

If you want rectangular section CF this place is good.

http://www.dragonplate.com/ecart/categories.asp?cID=20

Edit. They also do pultruded tube.

http://www.dragonplate.com/ecart/categories.asp?cID=102
by Dave Higham
Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:57 am
Forum: Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars
Topic: Scott French's "Eco Guitar" Project
Replies: 21
Views: 12989

Re: Scott French's "Eco Guitar" Project

Nice work Scott and nice to see you back. I've always liked your sense of design and aesthetics
by Dave Higham
Sun Jan 15, 2012 5:12 am
Forum: Tools and Jigs
Topic: Binding scraper
Replies: 15
Views: 16226

Re: Binding scraper

I've used something similar in the past. On mine I put a shallow bevel at the top of the wood on the right to lead the binding in and pulled it through to the bottom. I then pulled it through fom the other end to get an even thickness over the whole length. Does this make sense?