New (old) Jazz Bass build

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by Bassman96, Apr 27, 2019.

  1. LzeroKI

    LzeroKI Squier-Meister

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    North Carolina
  2. LzeroKI

    LzeroKI Squier-Meister

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    Jan 13, 2014
    North Carolina
    Cool deal! Learn something new everyday.
     
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  3. Bassman96

    Bassman96 Squier-holic

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    There are a number of variations of the treble bleed and the component values. I am using the Mojo Tone version but there are many others. This article spells them all out really well and explains each pretty thoroughly.

    https://drkevguitar.com/2016/11/24/treble-bleed-mod-roundup/
     
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  4. Bassman96

    Bassman96 Squier-holic

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    Coat #9 of clear went on yesterday around 4. So now we wait for it to cure. I have set a calender reminder for the 5th of June as "Sanding Day". That gives it a full 4 weeks. If it passes the sniff test (if it still smells like poly it is still curing) then the body will get sanded and polished.

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    And all week we have had an amazing string of crazy sunny and warm days so my neck has been sunbathing all week since Tuesday.

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    I made a little collage to show how well it has tinted in just the 4 days it had been outside in direct sunlight (really only 2 days at 8hrs each. I flip the neck every other day. So 2 days per side so far). If you go about this just remember it will go much faster outdoors than in a sunny window since most modern windows filter UV rays as part of their energy efficiency. UV is what we need here.

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    I'm going to keep collecting photos every 2 days and string them together to get a nice progression pic together. For no other reason but my own curiosity.

    So now I am officially at a stand still till these cure. I may go ahead and polish the neck tonight or tomorrow. It has dried enough to accomplish that but other than that all that is left is to wait out the next few weeks.

    Time to get started on my rack mounted multi effects unit while I wait... Stay Tuned!
     
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  5. Big tuna

    Big tuna Squier-holic

    May 6, 2014
    east Tn
    Looks good but i would have left the Fender decal off just me .
     
  6. Bassman96

    Bassman96 Squier-holic

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    Oak Harbor, WA
    To each their own. Like I said it's strictly for my own enjoyment and I already had it with the box of parts so on it went. The bass is 99% fender brand replacement parts so it's closer to a Fender than anything but this is something I will hold onto forever.
     
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  7. Bassman96

    Bassman96 Squier-holic

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    Oak Harbor, WA
    I checked in on the body today and there is little to no odor anymore so it seems it cured up in a week and a half! Very cool. So now I have it setup on the bench on my super high tech guitar mat/bath mat lol. Time to sand and sand and sand some more then polish. Will report back when I get a result. 20190517_093301.jpg

    Yesterday I polished the neck and got it built up with tuners and string guide. I also gave the fretboard a good cleaning and a couple soaks of linseed oil.

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    We have entered home streatch territory now. I still need to do a level and dress on the frets and final assembly but won't be long now. Stay tuned for the conclusion of Chester.
     
  8. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    Man, I’m getting excited here, and it’s not even my guitar! That thing is gonna be gorgeous when you’re done!
     
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  9. Bassman96

    Bassman96 Squier-holic

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    Nov 13, 2010
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Well... Chester's as shiney as he is going to get. I would have liked to have seen more gloss out of it but I was running out of clear coat layer to really sand out and there are a couple inevitable sand through spots but ImI calling it good enough . Has a bit of an aged look to it which wasn't the plan but i'm digging it. Next up final fit and assembly. Here goes nothin....
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  10. Bassman96

    Bassman96 Squier-holic

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    Cat calls allowed at this point.... Sneak peak... 20190517_192117.jpg
     
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  11. Bassman96

    Bassman96 Squier-holic

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    20190517_202047.jpg One more teaser.... Tomorrow is level, string and setup day. I want to play this so badly!!!!!
     
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  12. Bassman96

    Bassman96 Squier-holic

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    Working on the neck today. Full level, dress and polish of the frets going on before it's first string up. Not saying I dontd trust Chinese craftsmanship... I just don't trust Chinese craftsmanship lol. Good thing I did too. There were 2 very low frets in this neck took a bit of sanding to finally kiss the tops of them with the sanding beam.

    Had to manufacturer a bass neck straight edge too. Frugal tip... Go get a hyper tough metal yard stick from walmart for 2.37 and make your own. Took me all of 20 mins with a sharpie to mark the frets and a triangle file.

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    Now I have one for guitar and bass. The bass one was about $15 cheaper than the guitar one

    So now I am 8 frets in with 12 more to go. Then it's setup time. Gonna be a long day but should be playing this by tonight! Stay tuned

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  13. Bassman96

    Bassman96 Squier-holic

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    Nov 13, 2010
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    Annnnnnnnd....

    Chester is complete!

    For the 2 of you still following that didn't jump ship the minute the F label came out thanks for following. I'm off to play the hell out of this thing now. It feels fantastic!!

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  14. Bassman96

    Bassman96 Squier-holic

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    Really? No one? Tough crowd.....
     
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  15. mofojar

    mofojar Squier-Meister

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    Calgary, Alberta
    Looking great! I like the way it turned out.
     
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  16. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    God-DANG that’s pretty! Maaaan.... Can I send my incompleted projects your way to finish for me?
     
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  17. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    Drooooool!
     
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  18. Bassman96

    Bassman96 Squier-holic

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    Oak Harbor, WA
    No lol. No you may not. I have my own stack of unfinished projects to work through first lol.

    Just plugged it into my ghetto bas rig (at 7:30am lol) just to get a glimpse at how it sounds and I am feakin stoked!

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    Lots of low end, crisp clean highs and a healthy dose of midrange growl. Exactly as a Jazz should sound!

    Today I think I might put a shim under the neck and see if I can't get the action a but lower than it is. She plays fine as is and is within the lower end of Fender spec but I would still like it a smidge faster than it is and the saddles are decked. Just one of the fun parts of working with an import neck. Will report back once that is done..... If I can stop playing it first that is. I've only set it down long enough to sleep so far!
     
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  19. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    Ha ha, nice speaker cab, but I find “vintage” cardboard gives a warmer tone... :p
     
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  20. Bassman96

    Bassman96 Squier-holic

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    Nov 13, 2010
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    I was looking for some pre CBS cardboard but it's getting hard to find nowadays lol. Might just do a relic job on this box. That will give it the tone I need...
     
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