C18Q1 Bridgehouse's Tragedy Bass Rebuild - Abandoned

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13576
    I'm mid butchering on the body. Pics later just in case it's an embarrassing comedy failure.

    However, a question whilst the various bits dry etc.

    The bass has a battery holder (for the comedy LED lights - not a Preamp.) I wonder, is it worth having a Preamp onboard (though I want to stick with three controls) or would you stick with vol vol tone passive?

    I will fit the battery holder but keep it empty if I stay passive..
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 14042
    More is always better, you know that.
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8369
    I think you need to figure out a way to install more comedy lights
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 2947
    edited January 3
    Is it worth having a Preamp onboard (though I want to stick with three controls) or would you stick with vol vol tone passive?

    This video might help. 



    I was especially interested in the suggestion of switchable series/parallel interconnection of the two RBX pickups. There is an argument for permanently linking the two pickups and reconfiguring the control array to Master Volume and a stacked knob three-band EQ occupying the other two places.
    I fear the Geeks, even when they bear GIFs.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13576
    Is it worth having a Preamp onboard (though I want to stick with three controls) or would you stick with vol vol tone passive?

    This video might help. 



    I was especially interested in the suggestion of switchable series/parallel interconnection of the two RBX pickups. There is an argument for permanently linking the two pickups and reconfiguring the control array to Master Volume and a stacked knob three-band EQ occupying the other two places.
    You edited your post so the video link has gone...
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 2947
    FTFY
    I fear the Geeks, even when they bear GIFs.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13576
    FTFY
    Ta! Will have a watch later on. Got me wood butchering apron on at the mo
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  • StrangefanStrangefan Frets: 2629
    This is a cool bass! 
    www.deadhappyband.com
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13576
    This is a cool bass! 
    You might want to reserve judgement till you see the final result ;)
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 2947
    You might want to reserve judgement till you HEAR the final result ;)
    FTFY
    I fear the Geeks, even when they bear GIFs.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13576
    You might want to reserve judgement till you HEAR the final result ;)
    FTFY
    Uh, in that case all my basses are crap...
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13576
    Prepare yourself for some proper horror style wood butchery.

    Nearest cutter I had wasn't quite big enough. Best bit of hardwood I had was quite thick.. so...



    Told you it was comedy. However, a rasp and liberal use of sander meant it was close..



    And out came good old wood filler esq.



    Stop sniggering at the back there!!
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13576
    Meanwhile, this happened..


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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 14042
    That'll be fine.

    You just need a few coats of some really thick paint over it and no-one will ever know.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13576
    TTony said:
    That'll be fine.

    You just need a few coats of some really thick paint over it and no-one will ever know.
    I have some Artex somewhere..
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  • m_cm_c Frets: 338
    You could of at least lined the grain up.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13576
    m_c said:
    You could of at least lined the grain up.
    Meh. I went for best fit. Then again, now it's gonna be a solid colour I don't think it will matter.

    Tho you will all know and it's bound to annoy you :)
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 2947
    Bridgehouse said:
    Then again, now it's gonna be a solid colour I don't think it will matter.
    When the nitro finish sinks into the grain, the misalignment will become all too apparent. This could be hidden in plain sight by adding fake finish wear around the control knobs. 
    I fear the Geeks, even when they bear GIFs.
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  • m_cm_c Frets: 338
    m_c said:
    You could of at least lined the grain up.
    Meh. I went for best fit. Then again, now it's gonna be a solid colour I don't think it will matter.

    Tho you will all know and it's bound to annoy you :)
    We'll just use it as justification for your rubbish tone, as that interrupted grain will obviously interrupt the flow of tone. :)
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13576
    Bridgehouse said:
    Then again, now it's gonna be a solid colour I don't think it will matter.
    When the nitro finish sinks into the grain, the misalignment will become all too apparent. This could be hidden in plain sight by adding fake finish wear around the control knobs. 
    Given this bass had graphic lines, 80s style lettering and silver fake binding, as well as coloured LED lights on the controls, I doubt a bit of grain sink will make any difference whatsoever.

    You guys are labouring under the delusion that this is anything more than a quick hatchet job! ;)
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8369

    if it happens it will be a slight line that follows the knobs quite closely - hardly  worth worrying about.


    Wood shrinks more along the grain than across it, but the ratio of dimensional shrinkages is different for each wood.  

    If plugging with the same type of wood  it makes sense to match the grain direction and there is a good chance you will never see the fill, no guarantees though.  

    If plugging with a different wood  it matters less  as its likely to reappear as a bit of shrinkage whatever you do

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13576
    WezV said:

    if it happens it will be a slight line that follows the knobs quite closely - hardly  worth worrying about.


    Wood shrinks more along the grain than across it, but the ratio of dimensional shrinkages is different for each wood.  

    If plugging with the same type of wood  it makes sense to match the grain direction and there is a good chance you will never see the fill, no guarantees though.  

    If plugging with a different wood  it matters less  as its likely to reappear as a bit of shrinkage whatever you do

    I was unlikely to ever match whatever veneer they have used in this one ;)
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 2947
    Speaking of matches, the project bass deserves to be heard through appropriate amplification. For some reason, Orange and Crate spring to mind. 
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13576
    Speaking of matches, the project bass deserves to be heard through appropriate amplification. For some reason, Orange and Crate spring to mind. 
    Steady ;)

    I'm going to Preamp it up so it will sound much better than it did..
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13576
    Did it work?

    Yeah. Sort of. Does it look any good? Not really. Do I care? Not much.. 


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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13576
    Hmmm. Not as bad as I thought it was going to be..


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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13576
    Having mused quite a bit, I'm going to put the Glockenlang Preamp harness in this. Master volume, blend, and 2 band active eq. Should sharpen it up a bit.

    It will be a tight fit tho - needs 28mm clearance and the cavity is 29mm..
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13576
    One of these..


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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 14042
    One of these..


    Just the one?

    It'd work better if you installed all 3 of those.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13576
    TTony said:
    One of these..


    Just the one?

    It'd work better if you installed all 3 of those.
    Some people... ;)

    That's a single loom 
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