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  1. According to the rear panel on the pack of strings... 418lbs!!!! I can absolutely say that I'm glad I used 2 truss rods. They handle the tension with authority, only tightened about 3/4 of a turn past the point where they were snugged up enough not to rattle.
  2. Totally forgot to post this "family" picture of the three iterations of this design so far.
  3. Thanks, guys, I appreciate it! I'm super happy with this build. It plays so much better than I had hoped for, it's pretty amazing actually. Although, this is the first 12 that I've played, so there's that...
  4. Well, I just finished this one up. Here is a summary of the details... Specifications: Scale: 34" Neck-through contruction: 13 laminates in the main neck beam with dual truss rods, heel adjust Neck material: Hard maple, padauk, black poplar Headstock: Claro walnut burl face with ebony accents Fretboard: Heart and sap cocobolo Fretboard radius: 12" Nut: Stainless zero fret and Tusq nut Frets: Stainless jumbo Side position markers: Mother of pearl Body wings: In order from top to back; Claro walnut burl, black poplar, alder core, black poplar, mahogany, katalox with matched inlaid control cover Body thickness: 1.5" Finish: Rubio Monocoat over epoxy seal coat Tuners: Gotoh Resolite bass tuners, small and medium 510 series guitar tuners Bridge and tailpiece: Sung Il Strings: D'Addario Nickel Wound XL .018-.100 Pickups: 2 Lace 3.5" Bass Bars Electronics: Aguilar OBP-3 preamp, additional stereo passive output Electronics layout: Stacked volumes, stacked bass/treble, mid with push/pull select. Coil split switch for each pickup and output jack selection switch (one output from OBP-3, one passive stereo output) Weight: 8lb 12oz It turned out pretty much how I had envisioned it. Surprisingly, the weight is not bad, but of course it is a bit head heavy as all 12 strings are. It plays amazingly well with very low action. I'm still getting used to the technique required and I sometimes struggle to mute all of the strings when necessary. I think it sounds fantastic. There are a lot of sound options with 2 output jacks. I can bypass the internal preamp and use a stereo cord to run each pickup to separate amps for a cool clean/dirty sound. I couldn't find a way to do this with active output short of installing 2 preamps... I'm am including a couple of sound clips. I apologize in advance for the sound quality, my digital interface starting making strange noises and I didn't want to bother with troubleshooting, but I think you'll get the idea. Here are some photos and sound clips. Of course this one has to be included with a 12 string build.
  5. I've spent all of my spare time this past week working on this project. The honey-do list beckons, so I want to get this one wrapped up ASAP... so here are a few photos. I spent a good deal of time going back over the contours and facets, refining curves, radii, etc. I like to weigh these after I'm done carving and sanding (with no hardware, obviously). This one came in at 6lb., 0.6oz, which is only a few ounces more than the previous 5 string fretless that I made. So I guess the headstock and frets could account for that. Yesterday I began work on the finish, which is Rubio Monocoat over an epoxy sealer. This is the same finish that I used on my last bass build and is a very "close to the wood finish", so wood pores are left exposed (although they are sealed). Here are a couple of teaser preview pics. I love the way this finish just makes the wood glow. I should have full shots in a few days.
  6. Loved this, but man... as a bass player, that drummer really bothers me. Very on top of the beat... I'd be givin' him the stank eye.
  7. Thank you very much, you just made my day.
  8. Mission accomplished today. I used some figured Gabon ebony to highlight the winglets on the headstock. That took a lot of fiddly template making and fitting. But I think it came out pretty well. I also got a nut rough cut and ready to go. I few more details need to be taken care of like electronics layout, control and truss rod cover screws, etc. But I think at this point I'm ready to go back over the carving one more time, then start sanding up through the grits.
  9. Here's a little update on the 12 string bass. I've been busy making templates and getting all the routes completed on the bass. I've also cleaned up and fitted the truss rod door. Headstock winglet routes. Body routes are complete. And everything fits, which is a bonus. Today the goal is to get some accent wood glued to the headstock winglet areas and to fit a nut. More soon.
  10. I'm not really sure how it will balance, to be honest. I have built 2 other basses with this same design and they both balance great... but, this 12 has a long headstock and extra tuners. So, that will make a difference for sure. Most 12 string basses have some neck dive, and I'm just sort of planning on it. I'll just break out the suede backed wide leather strap if that happens.
  11. Today I completed the initial rough carve. I'll leave this for now and move on to pickup routes and other various tasks that need to be completed. After a couple of days, I'll circle back, fair the curves and start rough sanding. This is straight off the rasp work, so don't get all judgy about my scratches.
  12. It's carving day! (probably going to be carving days, but who's counting? ) I generally start things off with a roundover all the way around the front and pack. The first step for the roundover is a fairly chunky bevel. That gets blended to the mid-line of the body thickness. This is a good start to soften up the body profile, but this curve will get deepened later. I have to say, that katalox is some of the hardest wood that I've ever worked with. Some of the finer rasps just skate off the edge without removing much material. Laying out some rough lines for the rear carve. Belly carve in progress. I need to make this waaaaaay bigger. Here I'm de-bulking the neck/body transition. It's an awkward angle to get at with my rasps. I do have some riffler rasps that I'm going to pull out as I get closer to the final shape. If I were braver I'd break out a carving burr on the Dremel flex shaft... but that scares me, and I'm fearless... or stupid. Sighting down from the end of the body is a quick way to see how much material needs to be sent to the floor. This is the stage that I enjoy the most! More soon.
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