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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / So whatcha got planned for 2019?

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hushnel
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Feb 7th, 2019 10:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

I haven’t exactly decided which way I’ll go. The post about the colored pencil top got me thinking about a knife handle I made using the canvas (monkey fur) that grows around some palm trees. I don’t know what the stuff is called but I usually use it as fire starter.

So. I was thinking of gathering up a bunch of it and compressing it, then vacuum bagging it , sealing it in clear resin. First day of Rendezvous, two weeks back, I see a rather large bag containing 6 more bags of this stuff, a friend who makes brooms and wood kitchen tools was selling for $2.00 a bag. I took it all.

I haven’t made a six string in a while but the Monkeyfur Tele has a nice ring to it. I’ve searched on line for the proper name of the stuff and found nothing.

The knife with palm canvas

hushnel
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Feb 11th, 2019 11:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

Since I posted the previous project I’ve come up with another idea that might pass an electric bass off that I could use at the Rendezvous, a pre-1840 event, I’ve attended annually since 1988.

I love playing the guitar with these guys but I’m so much better on the bass, my hands are not strong enough to play very long on an upright, even if I could afford one.

So, last night I did some research of early 18th and 19th century guitar “like” instruments and came up with a style that would look period correct but be a bass rather than guitar. Another problem is the amplification. I can address this with camouflage, at first I was thinking of building the amp in a huge Texas Gourd I have down at the work shop, and still might, a better idea would be to hide the Rumble 15 in a crate that’ll double as a seat, I’ve already built an off grid power supply for the Rumble 40. I could get by with a cord but if an inexpensive, short distance, wireless system can be found, used or cheap, it would really show an effort and most likely not raise too many eyebrows at my irreverence “o) though I totally dig being irreverent.

The headstock design needs work and the tail piece too, it may need the strings to anchor at a bridge plate but I’ll get to that later. Design inspiration will come as the project proceeds.

My research also showed a profusion of inlay around the sound hole, binding, neck and headstock. I’ve got a box full of MOP and Abalone as well as a bunch of tortoise shell pieces. The possibility of making it a true acoustic would be wasted because the frequency so at this point I’m considering more of a routed out body with a carved top. Which would also give me more control over the balance point between lower bout and headstock.

I already have a couple 20” scale necks laid up down in the shop. Enough wood and hardware to complete this project using the Pahoehoe or Thundergut strings. Doing a little “short scale bass string” research this morning their are a lot more strings to choose from than when I built my last short scale bass. Which would also make the routed body able to handle higher tensions, a good idea.

Quick sketch, itâll evolve as the project moves forward

hushnel
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Feb 12th, 2019 01:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

For the second listed project I picked up a decent piece of 2 by 10 pine today, yesterday I pulled out a laid up neck and rosewood fingerboard, cleared off one of the benches. The neck is long enough to go as long as 24” scale but I’d have to contact Owen Holt for custom lenght Pahoehoe strings. Their is a lot of options for bass uke strings now, so I’ll have t take a closer look before I deside on scale lenght, to keep the proportion balanced, I’ll have to make that decision soon.

Intending to go totally stealth with this project I pulled out my Roland Bass Cube and got the battery box working, it’ll need a seat/crate or it and I’ve been researching FM TX and RX circuit boards for a wireless connection.

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Feb 13th, 2019 11:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

Less building and more practicing for me.

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