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Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: Lowe Shop Notes
« on: December 18, 2017, 07:30:46 PM »
I know some folks were losing sleep over the seeming lack of basses in my current production run.

;)

Have no fear, another first is here.

Satin white with matching neck and headstock face and faux binding on the body.


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Gibson Basses / Re: Question about the tailstop of a Thunderbird
« on: December 15, 2017, 08:07:22 PM »
That looks like the Advanced Plating bridge out of TN.

They do a lot of Gibson's US metalwork.

You could shim under the base plate to address the ball end issue.

It's a shame to have to fiddle with a new piece like that, though.

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Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: Lowe Shop Notes
« on: December 09, 2017, 11:07:51 PM »
It's possible this might be the coolest picture ever.

I've known these two guys since...forever.

This is the first time we have hung out and jammed.

Just one of those things.


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Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: Lowe Shop Notes
« on: December 05, 2017, 07:12:45 PM »
Another shot from Joe Sanders' visit, this time with the red Fireluxe NR.

This guitar is currently fitted with Fralin high-output humbuckers and coil splitting Bourns 500K volume and tone pots.


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I think a dummy coil might rob too much of the magic from the Bisonic. I have a dummy coil in my PJ bass, and it has robbed that bass of some of its magic.

Anyway, now I'm here:


This is going to be a really cool instrument when completed.

I know that two of the guys who own Primaluxes fitted with the Guild BS-1 absolutely love them.

They are local to each other and had the opportunity to A/B them together with the Fralin Big Single (my favorite), Lollar Thunderbird, and TV Jones Thunder'blade.

One is the company rep for the Class D power unit that most of the big bass amp builders are using, and can own and play nearly anything you could imagine.

He has scaled his gear back significantly, and yet he's keeping the BS-1 equipped Primaluxe.

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Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: Lowe Shop Notes
« on: December 03, 2017, 09:39:57 PM »
Thanks, Rob!

Are we friends on Facebook?

I'm having an open house in Oldsmar next weekend if you care to make the trip.

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Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: Lowe Shop Notes
« on: December 03, 2017, 02:47:37 PM »
Joe Sanders dropped by to demo the new guitars.

I didn't know there would be photos...wishing I had tidied up a bit! ;)


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Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: Lowe Shop Notes
« on: November 27, 2017, 07:13:45 PM »
So, here are the next five coming together, and a gallery shot:







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Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: Lowe Shop Notes
« on: November 26, 2017, 08:34:41 PM »
:mrgreen:

I've been busy finishing up a bunch of builds.

At times I feel like Dr. Finklestein.


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Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: Lowe Shop Notes
« on: November 18, 2017, 01:46:26 PM »
I love Allparts day:


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Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: Lowe Shop Notes
« on: November 12, 2017, 09:08:51 PM »
I use threaded inserts for the Thunderbird pickups, too. (Post#164 on this page http://bassoutpost.com/index.php?topic=9273.150)

The Lowe Universal Ring and Rout allows any instrument to be fitted with a wide variety of pickups by Lindy Fralin Pickups, Lollar Pickups, and TV Jones:


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Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: Lowe Shop Notes
« on: October 29, 2017, 10:09:50 PM »
Richard Bowden now makes a B Bender model for 3 barrel Tele saddles.
Cool...I had never seen is work before.

Thanks!

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Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: Lowe Shop Notes
« on: October 29, 2017, 06:57:33 PM »
Here's a fitment mockup of the Ridler VI with most of the parts sitting loose on the body.

Also shown is the Lowe "chopped" bridge that allows for a Bigsby to be retrofitted to a Lowe or any other guitar with a vintage 6+4 string through bridge.

I haven't experimented with it yet, but I'm curious to see if this configuration would allow the Bigsby to serve as a B-bender if one were to string the other 5 strings conventionally.



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Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: Lowe Shop Notes
« on: October 25, 2017, 05:10:53 PM »
Here's a nice live shot Four Star Riot with Aaron Akers and his Ridler IV at Ella's Folk Art Cafe.


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Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: Lowe Shop Notes
« on: October 21, 2017, 04:33:59 PM »
My goal has been to design a portfolio that is thematically cohesive, musically versatile, and aesthetically diverse.

This current gallery shot makes me feel as though I'm getting closer to that mark.


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