Tuesday 9th June ’09
the by now familiar sight of nick’s les paul type bass guitar under oil has come to an end.. after one final coat
she is polished up by hand with soft rags etc and the last processes can begin
excess oil from the body finish is removed with lighter fluid
and the frets are flattened, profiled and polished through the grits
after protecting the fretboard of course..
the last bit is polishing each fret with chrome polish.. the shinier they are the less you know they’re there!!
the control cavities are lined with copper tape to create a faraday cage
and the pickups, custom wound beauties from Wizard pickups are installed..
the Gotoh tuners are lightweight.. except for the de-tuner of course.. but we’re hoping for little to no head drop..
the nut is slanted to give more contact between the bass strings and the neck.. and is of course scalloped etc..
and the strings are installed..
and, so are the strap buttons.. a threaded insert is recessed into the body and then the strap button is held in place by an allen key headed machine bolt.. she should stay nice and tight for.. well.. ever hopefully!!
and.. even without the timber backplate and electickery in place she has no head drop.. why I’m not grinning like a fool I don’t know?
anyway.. on with the dusty work!! Andrew’s eight string guitar is ready for carving..
the top is roughed out
and then carefully brought to a place that looks almost complete..
the headstock veneer is too big..
and so is carefully sanded away on the bobbin sander prior to drilling the holes for the lightweight nylon tuners..
the abalone inlay is cut out
and then it’s on to the last little piece of the puzzle.. the backplate is cut out of some figured european maple, sanded carefully to shape
and installed in the body.. ready for more carving..
slowly but surely much mahogany dust finds it’s way out through the extracters..
and the ergonomic carves come into being..
while we’re about it Jason’s 45rpm needs some work too..
the back carves are marked out
and roughed in, being careful not to cut through the depth of the maple back plates
and here she ends up.. I really like the look of the lighter timbers.. I think I’ve been using too much mahogany recently!!
anyway.. here we are just waiting for a sunny day or two to continue with the sanding!
Have a good one! Ben
Crimson Custom Guitar Workshop