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About slingblader

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    Woodworking, reading, movies, beer, guitars and music.

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  1. Yeah, he was an intensely private person even to the end. He faced so much personal tragedy in the past couple of decades... I cannot even imagine. I'm just devastated. RIP Neil.
  2. As soon as I saw his profile, I could not get this image out of my head. He did always say he was a song and dance man...
  3. Wow, thank you very much for the kind words, I'm blushing. I'd like to sell some of my work at some point in the future, but I really need to continue to hone my skills and improve my quality before I do. I do agree that it would be a lot more rewarding to build for a living, but at the same time, I've got killer insurance and a 401k with a really good company match. Having said that, I really appreciate the encouragement. That's good feedback on the battery compartment. I do agree that a separate compartment with tool-less access would be the way to go, and I really considered it. I even considered a variation on the MTD battery compartment. The problem that I ran into is that the treble side wing is so small that I hated to rout additional space for a battery compartment. It's difficult to get a feel for the size of that wing with no reference, but it is pretty small. I'll try to take some pictures this weekend with this bass next to a Jazz or Precision bass for comparison. This is one of the things that I'm hoping to tweak on this design. The body outline is close to what I had in my head, but it's still not quite there.
  4. Hey, thanks, I appreciate it. Those bevels and transitions were some of the most fun aspects of the build process. I had drawn the overall shape so that the contours that I had in my mind would form complementary shapes within the overall outline. (well, at least in my mind, anyway) But It was still just a lot of free form carving with rasps. Here is a shot just after the top was glued on followed by nearly complete carve pictures. I forgot to mention that during this process, I developed a fairly severe sensitivity to the ziricote dust. I had been wearing a half mask respirator, but any dust left on my skin just wiped me out. All of the skin on my forehead and eyelids peeled off and I had giant bags under my eyes. LOL It was miserable. So, I ponied up for a full face powered respirator. I also wore a lab coat and gloves from then on whenever there was ziricote dust involved. This picture totally makes me look cross eyed, which I am not, but it is pretty hilarious.
  5. LOL, thanks. Yeah, I hear ya. Certainly not everyone's cup of tea... a bit on the "loud" side visually. I think that the main reason I wanted to build a hippy sammich type is that I always wanted an Alembic, Ken Smith, Fodera etc. but I could never afford something like that. After I started into this hobby I decided that I could probably build one. So, I essentially studied their construction techniques, then applied what I learned to the bass design that I had in my head. For what it's worth, I think that road worn P bass is just as attractive. LOL, oh I don't know if there's any substitute for real shit.
  6. LOL, well thank you, that's quite a compliment. I've heard it said that to make a million dollars building guitars you should start with two million dollars. While I think that selling my builds would be a great goal to work towards (maybe as extra money in my retirement) I need to build quite a lot more experience before I think about that. While I do feel like I'm improving, my quality is not yet at a level where I would feel comfortable selling any. My current day job is administrating an endpoint management system for a large corporation. So, I orchestrate automated software deployments, computer provisioning and the like. It's a cool job that involves a lot of problem solving, but I'm not a fan of the corporate crap. 🙄
  7. It sounds pretty good, I have to say. I pretty much mimicked the Warwick $$ (double bucker) pickup arrangement that they offer on a couple of models. The Aguilar MM pickups only had 2 leads, so I had to modify those into a 4 lead configuration. That allowed me to use the Series/Split/Parallel switch for each pickup. Tons of possibilities with just the switches and the pan pot. Then throw in the 3 band EQ and it is a bit ridiculous. I like to just slight bump or cut one frequency or another. It's easy to overdo the EQ for sure. It plays very nice for sure. I was very careful with the fretwork, so I was able to get the action low with minimal effort. I'm not normally a "low action" player as I have a pretty heavy right hand, but I was able to get it very low with minimal buzzes, etc. I will say that I'm still getting used to that 35" scale length.
  8. Thanks for the kind words, everyone! I appreciate it. I think it came together pretty well for the first time building this design. I'd like to build some more variations, but I want to tweak the body outline a bit. It's a work in progress for sure. This is my third guitar build, so I have a lot to learn for sure.
  9. Hi Guys. I don't post here much, but I just wanted to show you a project that I finally completed. Well, it is pretty much finished... I'm still waiting for my matching black straplock buttons and I'll be making a nicer truss rod cover, but other than that, this puppy is complete. Here are a ton of pictures, let me know if there are questions... Details below. 35" Scale length 19mm String spacing Hipshot ultralite tuners Hipshot D bridge and tailpiece Stainless steel frets Brass nut 2 Aguilar Music Man Pickups Aguilar OBP-3 Preamp 18V Series/Split/Parallel switch for each pickup Body woods from top to back: Ziricote Figured hard maple Black dyed poplar Honduras Mahogany Black dyed poplar Figured hard maple Neck woods (7 ply laminate): Wenge Hard maple Black dyed poplar Bloodwood Fretboad side markers and concentric aluminum and brass tubing Fretboard is figured Gaboon ebony Headstock face is ziricote Rear accent on body is matching figured Gaboon Ebony and bloodwood Grain matched control cover cavity in in rear maple laminate Finish is nitro lacquer.
  10. Oh, to be sure. Funny story... I just didn't want anyone to start making claims about "fake news". LOL
  11. Just need to be sure that everyone understands that the story is coming from a satire site... sorta like the onion for Christians...
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