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The Frankenthumb - And What To Do With It

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by Toepfer, Jan 21, 2018.

  1. Toepfer

    Toepfer Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    Some wood arrived - the larger pieces are 25 x 25 cm. Should be big enough.

    Wood.jpg
     
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    It may not be necessary to route out a big "swimming pool" style hole to replace the timber. I know some people with fancy tools have cnc "readers" that can be used to trace an irregular hole and then use that shape as the template for a CNC cut or routing program. I think spector uses this type of tech to put together their burl tops instead of just bogging the holes in burl with some sort of goo. they use the machine to accurately trace the internal shape of the gaps then cut very tight fitting plugs to fit.
     
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    A swimming pool might be more fun though.
     
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    Toepfer Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    I still hope there is a chance that I don't have to do a colored finish. And so maybe the swimming pool solution just looks better.
    My wood guy (who is on vacation for the next three months and did my guitar first) has to decide, how he wants to do it and because he'll do it for free, I'm not complaining.
     
  6. Toepfer

    Toepfer Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    The problem is, the current routings are really badly done. So you would have to plain these first to then ad new wood. I have no idea how that would look.
     
  7. Toepfer

    Toepfer Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    It's alive!
    Well not quite. But the woodworking part is done.
    This is what it looks like at the moment.
    DSC_0122.jpg

    Compared to:
    DSC_0035.jpg


    If you are interested, I have a lot of pictures.

    Now its time for finishing work an then put it back together.
     
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    Ah nice! The grain of that new part of wood fits quite well!
     
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    Toepfer Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    Yes, you can only see one line below the neck.
     
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    Impressive match.
     
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    Toepfer Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    I am very happy - the color and grain match pretty well.
    In the picture above the bass is wet - you see the new wood a lot better, when it's dry. But it will get the first coat of wax today or tomorrow - and I'll go from there.
    DSC_0076.jpg

    Very Happy!

    My friend just told me to never give him something made out of Bubinga again for routing.
     
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    Wow!.....looks perfect
     
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    Great work!!
     
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    Toepfer Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    Well, so far I didn't do much except organizing the wood and the parts that where needed. All of this was done by a friend of mine who is a boat builder.
    He said, he had a lot of fun with it - but also asked me not to buy something like this again :).
    It must have been a lot of work and he needed a couple of router bits.

    Thanks to Sascha I now have a pair of Bartollinis and can start to rebuild the bass on the weekend.
     
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    I'm curious how it sounds with the quite aggressive pickup angles. I think slanted Js are awesome. :)
     
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    I hope I can answer that after the weekend
     
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    Ok, so after the first coating of wax you can see a lot more that there is a new piece of wood inserted into the bass.
    Depending on the angle of light and the angle you look at the bass is's more or less (mostly more) visible. Now the coloration of the older wood is (depending on the angle) very different to the new one.

    But looks still a lot better than before
     
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    I'd try to make a pickguard. Maybe cut it out of a Vinyl record.
     
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    Ah, no pickguard. Just don’t wax it for the next time.
     
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    I'm not a fan of pickguards (even my guitars don't have them). But there is already two coats of wax on it.

    I'm still very, very happy, because even whith the new peace of wood visible, it looks so much better than the holes it had before. Now everything depends on how it will sound.
     
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