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sooo, I have been inspired by the reception 999 got for his non traditional bass to share my project..

 This has actually been ongoing for the whole time I've been on the outpost, alongside the baby bird, the flying Vii and the twin tele, but I didn't think this was the place for coffee table basses and was hesitant  about the reaction I would get. I was also I thinking to wait for the finished piece before sharing, but certain lifechanging  events mean I'm not going to have time for bass building for the next few years so its going to stay as it is for the foreseeable

 TBH my own tastes usually run to the traditional, but .. I have a background in sculpture and always had a keen interest in the science of ergonomics so..

  It all started when I was given a load of Jazz bass chromeware(pickup and bridge cover, weird curved control plate and tuners), I had the carcass of my old Maison (copy of a bass collection ) that I wanted to resurrect because the neck is still the nicest I have ever played so the original idea was to see what that would look like oldschool chromed up. Unfortunately the body was too small to fit it all on so I set out to carve my own body.

 This was the project that sent me to the wood reclaim yard where I discovered the kerua wood that i used in the flying Vii

  The build has taken me about 7 years so far, a gradual process of making it the most comfortable bass to wear. The process has been to glue wood on and carve, then put it all together and play it for a few terms to get an idea of the fit , then in the holidays strip it apart and add more wood, and carve again, rebuild rinse and repeat. Annoyingly I cant locate all of the early photos, so the pics start from about mark5, but you can get an idea from the last rework which was to adapt the head stock to accommodate a drop D tuner. all the wood used, both the kerua tonewood central spar and the random other bits I used for the rest of it is recycled junk wood.

  She now sports a chinabucker and sounds like a bird but earlier on in the build I used the J pickup from the Maison and ppl said it sounded like a Ric. the controls should be  tonemonster active preamp but I managed to kill it during the install so at the moment its just volume and 3 dummies. I'm now thinking that I might stay passive and put the J pickup back in in the bridge position instead.

  Shapewise, I know it looks horrible, but is so comfortable, having the body shaped in all 3 dimensions means it wraps around me, and the playing position and neck are exactly where I want them to be, standing up the back curl sits on my hip and the top of it is perfectly contoured for my arm to lay on. Sitting down the lower bout is exactly where it needs to be to sit on my knee. And of course the balance is spot on. the old adage about not strapping it on but wearing it really holds true, and it being so comfortable to play really helps me to play, I feel like I play better with her than any other bass

  Due to my work I often have to put my instruments down in a hurry to deal with stuff so to avoid detuning when I lay them down most of my instruments sport coathooks or drawer handles on the back of the headstocks, but for this I have the luxury of incorporating a 3d headstock design so that it lays on the floor without the tuners being disturbed.

 At the moment its still primered but eventually I imagine a shiny fire engine red...

   Mark 5

Mark 6 (thrown together and primered so that i could use it for my college performances)


Mark 7 (headstock rebuild for detuner, Chinabucker fitted and string through added)

 whatdya think ? (ducks)

Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / 12 string with set neck?
« on: August 30, 2017, 06:10:24 AM »
   Ive been given the carcass of an Ibanez Iceman, which with the long headstock is crying out to be a 12 string conversion, something I have wanted to add to my arsenal for a while now.
  my concern is that it's a set neck, with the extra tension is it likely to fail?

The Outpost Cafe / Lemmy's equipment
« on: August 30, 2017, 03:50:34 AM »
On a recent load in I noticed a bunch of monitors marked Motorhead (it was some pop band) when I remarked on it to the touring guy he told me that the PA company had inherited them by dint of being the PA company on the last tour. apparently Lemmy had no will so all his equipment is wherever it was left.
 makes you wonder what will happen to his basses ?

Guitars Etc. / Les paul with flying V headstock?
« on: February 09, 2017, 02:38:42 PM »
saw an odd thing in  my local guitar shop, a beat up les paul with a bolt on  neck with a flying V type headstock marked Gibson
 the shop owner swears its genuine

Gibson Basses / Rainbow Bird
« on: December 22, 2016, 06:12:38 AM »
I worked Placebo the other day and not only has Stefan switched from Jazzes to Tbirds but among this lot there was this beauty

 Uwe i know you dont collect for fins but surely you need one of these...

Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Thinline Flying V bass VII
« on: October 27, 2016, 10:34:37 AM »

 So, 3 years from idea to playable prototype.
 30 inch neck from an epiphone ET80
 Kerua central spar, marine ply hollow wings, Duncan guitar pickup in bridge , Entwistle 5 srtring bass pickup in  neck 

Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / refixing fingerboard
« on: September 19, 2016, 04:57:12 AM »
one of my students dropped my FrankenPaul on its head and the fretboard has come loose
 I'm presuming titebond but want to check there isn't a fretboard specific glue

The Bass Zone / college has thrown me a curve ball
« on: September 16, 2016, 04:48:27 PM »
     I have a module this term called Sessioning, aimed at preparation for working in a covers band or as a session musician. we basically have to play what were told, with who we are told and to perform them as close to the originals as possible.
    I have been assigned the genre Classic Rock. we have to perform 25 minutes of music which has to include 3 from the following list.
 white Room, black dog, You shook me all night long, Crosstown traffic, Pinball Wizard, Barracuda, Cherry bomb, Purple Rain, The Chain, Piece of my heart, Born to be Wild, My Sharona, she sells sanctuary and More than a Feeling.
   I love these songs but the thought of playing slavish copies breaks my heart.

 I am all about the cover version, the music I listen to most these days is loungecore and stuff like Hellsongs and Nouvelle vague, dread zeppelin and Beatallica.

 I was really looking forward to some radical reworkings, but i have been told specifically that as someone who was responsible for a Glam Rock version of Spice up your Life and a punk version of Backstreet's Back in previous modules that the tutors are looking for me to absolutely not stamp any part of myself into these versions

 I completely understand the rationale behind the module, and how doing it will be immensely good for me as a bass player, but it really sucks donkeys.

 so i guess the question is... which of these will be most fun to play considering I'm not allowed off piste at all?

The Bass Zone / Keef playing bass!
« on: August 26, 2016, 04:37:43 PM »
dunno if you guys have seen this before, but it was an eye opener for me...

Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / wiring questions
« on: August 21, 2016, 04:38:25 AM »
does the wire used to connect components in a bass have to be stuff that's sold as guitar hookup wire?

 for instance I have a load of good quality  svhs cables which is 4 core high grade video signal cable, is there any reason I cant use that? I know from my video days the adage was always "you can use video cable for audio but you cant use audio cable for  video" which to me implies that the quality is better, or is it a resistance thing?

If not is there any other type of cable that can be cannibalized to use as hookup wire? I have drawers full of old cables of every type but I'm out of hookup wire on a project I want to get moving on 

 second question, the ground  from the bridge normally gets soldered to the base of the nearest pot, if the output jack is nearer could it be connected to the ground of that instead?


Guitars Etc. / feel like i'm twelve again
« on: May 29, 2016, 05:13:24 AM »
After decades in the business I am too jaded and blase to be impressed by anything to do with rockstars .....


(Kings of the Wild Frontier was the first record i ever bought and my whole introduction to an emotional connection to music)

Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / buzz that I cant kill
« on: May 14, 2016, 12:55:08 PM »
   I have a project bass that has developed a buzz, its driving me mad,
Ive taken it all apart and checked all the connections and nothing is loose, Ive replaced  the volume pot with a new cts one (the only control currently on it) and swapped pickups and it's still there!
   If the buzz reduces by about half when I touch the bridge or control plate does that mean something is touching that shouldn't be , or something not connected that should?

The Outpost Cafe / t shirt for LBO'ers
« on: May 11, 2016, 08:10:35 AM »

The Bass Zone / Yes, tonight
« on: May 07, 2016, 05:23:08 AM »
Just loaded Yes into the Brighton Centre, really looking forward to the show tonight.

Chris Squire's tech is looking after the new guy, had a great chinwag with him, He gave me a bag of Chris's old picks for my students,
 they are just standard Jim Dunlop grey nylons, but if anyone is sentimental enough to want one PM me and ill post you one.

Guitars Etc. / coffee vs guitar strings
« on: March 18, 2016, 05:32:55 PM »
coffee disaster involving a bunch of geetar strings in paper jackets  , whats best to stop em rusting?

obviously I cleaned/wiped em down  already

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