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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / 30" scale Tele fretless build

hushnel
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Jul 16th, 2016 03:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Followed a thread of a guy who built one of these. It's falls in line with my move towards short scales.

I've picked up some cheap eBay parts and most everything else I have laying around. This project is just for fun and inspire me to the one I want to build, but still sourcing woods.

The beginning

ilan

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Jul 17th, 2016 12:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't think I have ever seen a short-scale T-style unlined fretless bass before. Waiting to see how it develops.

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Jul 17th, 2016 02:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I drilled and filled the string throughs, flat sanded it. I putzed around with the neck seeing how close to the upper bout hump I can get the 12th fret position, for the purpose of balance. Aesthetically it looks best with the octave/12th fret position a little north of the hump by about 3/4" should still balance out fairly well. I may run down to the shop when it cools off a bit and make up the neck pocket template for this neck.

Neck and body just a bit over 5lbs 4 oz.

A bit more done.

(This message was last edited by hushnel at 04:12 PM, Jul 18th, 2016)

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Jul 19th, 2016 08:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A little more done today, routed the neck pocket and bolted on the neck. The bass neck heal is a bit wider than the neck pocket. I wanted to stay on the center line so I'll just live with it. I'm waiting on some parts so I'll start prepping the body for paint. Design the pick guard and cut it out. Get to the point where I can just drop in the parts and set it up.

Piece by piece.

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Jul 20th, 2016 10:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was down at the shop shaping an arm and belly bevel, sanding for painting, setting the bridge and doing a few things I want done before spraying it. I just kept coming back to that neck pocket that is narrower than the neck heel, I decided since it was going to be painted I could do a fairly elegant fill.

I flat sawed some very clear pine, very thin and flexible, then cut out a cul the shape of the cut a way. I'll build up the body one strip at a time so I won't have any air pockets, it'll be a tight laminated build up. Should work out fairly well.

The picture prior to this one shows it clamped.

(This message was last edited by hushnel at 08:06 PM, Jul 20th, 2016)

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Aug 1st, 2016 03:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've managed to squeeze in some time for this project, but it's been tough. I have all the parts, the vintage cream MOP pickguard material arrived today. I used an original style '51 P base style control plate wth 3 holes rather than the Tele plate with the slot. I want to plug in the power cable to this switch rather than the side.

I've been leveling it with primer, I had to make a plug for the Tele control route because the 51 P plate is smaller.

A guy up in Wisconsin wound a 51 P Bass pickup for me so I routed out a larger humbucker style for it so I could angle it, if needed, for string over pole alinement.

Sometimes from scratch is quicker "o)

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Aug 17th, 2016 12:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The heat and humidity wrecked the paint job, could have been the cheap HD paint too. I went by the automotive body supply shop and picked up a decent primer and had them mix up a lighter seafoam green , enamel, for me and load it into rattle cans.

I sanded the body back down to the wood primed it, leveled it, primed it again and started spraying the color. I should have invested in a decent grain filler, the paint sunk into the grain, it kind of looks like an aged effect with the color and laziness got the better of me. Maybe the next one will be perfect, this one I'm just going to finish off. It's a low budget project anyhow.

Other than set ups, repairs and modifications this is the first build project since before I retired in June of 2012. More just to get me back into it and build a short scale player than trying to impress anyone. It should still turn out nice and certainly usable. It'll look good enough just won't stand up to major scrutiny "o)

I just cut out the vintage cream mother of pearl pickguard, yesterday I installed a 6K BTU airconditioner in the workshop's office, it's helping with the heat and humidity, the paint is drying faster.

I should be ready for final assemble by the middle of next week.

9/23/16, Sanded it back down to the primer again, I swear this is the last time, it does look level now. I made up jigs for beveling the pickguard, for the pickup and neck rout,

9/24/16. Router ate my template/jig, so I'll cut a new one and redo the pickguard. This one didn't have the asthetics the new pattern I came up with does. Maybe tomorrow I'll get it done, I had to run out for more MDX for the template and thinner two sided tape

Today 9/24/16

(This message was last edited by hushnel at 05:51 PM, Aug 24th, 2016)

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Aug 29th, 2016 03:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This is what it looks like, it came in a few oz. under 7 lbs. It's all fitted, the pickup can't be adjusted yet, I need a couple long screws the correct diameter of holes in the pickup base. I'll solder it all up tonight or tomorrow, morning, set it up and see what it sounds like.

Anybody have a scrap of rosewood for a thumb anchor?

9/29/2016

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Aug 30th, 2016 10:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's 12:35 I've been sitting here adjusting intonation, didn't need much, loosened up the truss rod to get a little relief, setting the pick up height, string height. I guess I finished it about an hour maybe and hour and a half ago .

I've got chores to do, blades to sharpen grass and hay to cut but all I can do is play this freaking bass, the single coil 51 P Bass pick up is great, it goes from almost too much treble to nearly too much bass, it's quiet and smooth playing.

I guess I got lucky again, the sound of this thing is perfect, I know it's the honeymoon faze but my initial impression is blown away by this slap together $150.00 worth of eBay parts project. It's been 4 years since I retired moved up to the farm and did this just to get my head back into it, I haven't built an instrument since before I retired.

The paint job ain't so good, the enamel paint is taking forever to get hard. I talked to my neighbor, who knows paint, I'm going to give it a couple of months to cure then redo the paint in his dust free painting booth, actually a whole garage size room. At this stage I could care less about paint. I can always paint it.

The neck relief has started to move but it could take some time, I'll check it as I go.

rockdoc11

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Aug 30th, 2016 11:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What a cool project!

I'm impressed!

:)


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Aug 30th, 2016 11:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks brother, I thought I was hearing the reverb of an empty room. I even started editing posts rather than bring the tread back to the top.

I need a thumb anchor so I'm going to see what I got in my hardwood scrap box. I may have to make it out of aluminum if I can't find a piece of Rosewood or Cocobolo.

That is if I can walk away from this thing "o) I'll take it to Friday nights gig, it should sit in the mix perfectly.

6G6

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Aug 31st, 2016 07:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice.
The color is perfect for that.

hushnel
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Aug 31st, 2016 10:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, and I found a piece of scrap rosewood in my small wood bin, I forgot about the Katana project, I put a rose wood grip on the sword and made the scabbard out of the same piece of Rose wood with the grain lining up.

I wish I would have gotten a picture of that. It was before the convieniance of phone cameras.

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