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    Finished in Surfer Girl with silver highlights.

    Upgrades- pearloid pickguard, defretted



    "Music is in the air; it's my job to pull it out."- Jaco Pastorius

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    Young recipient used his bass for a school recording project!

    http://instagram.com/p/dbjx2coBUn/
    "Music is in the air; it's my job to pull it out."- Jaco Pastorius

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    My JB-4M here rather than start a new thread - only difference is maple neck.

    Changes
    - pickguard changed for a blue mirror pickguard;
    - pots, caps and jack upgraded to CTS / orange drops / switchcraft;
    - heavy bridge installed and recessed;
    - dots replaced with black MOP and
    - bone nut installed.



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    Headstock and neck (neck prior to any work to show the level of grain visible).


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    "Jenny" my JBA-4 (ash-bodied) is finally done. Orange Shellac and Tru-Oil finish, everything stock (for the moment) with added copper-foil shielding (to excess... :P )



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    JBA-4 (Ash body) finished in Dingotone Nullabor Ochre (One Base Coat, one Intensifying Coat, 4 top coats). The neck is Dingotone neck clear. All stock except for new "mushroom" strap buttons.
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    Current:
    Nothing unfortunately...

    Completed:
    Custom ST-1 12 String
    JBA-4
    TL-1TB
    Scratch Lapsteel
    Meinl DIY Cajon
    Cigar Box lap steel

    Wishing:
    SG

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ID:	7133heres my JB I loved building it. It's all stock parts and in DT Karijini red. With the neck in mission beach.
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    As promised, here's some shots of this great project. The amp is a Rod Elliot P27 100w TIP 35/36 driven design controlled by a OPA2134 opamp pre-amplifier. The P27 went together very well and the sounds I am getting out of it..............well, blown away ! Slight hum that I will try to rectify, but other than that, it works ! (You must remember I'm not an electronics engineer, but electrical). Still need to install mesh grill above the heat sink.

    The amp is standard ESP (Elliot Sound Projects) but I have incorporated the clipping circuit and switch. It was just one component in a complete home built set up. The bass is of course a Pit Bull Guitars JBA-4M. Finish is the same as I do on my rifle stocks, sanded and 0000 steel wooled, scandinavian rubbing oil, Feast Watson Prooftint (maple for body, oak for head stock/rear of fret board, natural ash front fret board). Sealed with carnuba wax for a nice sheen finish.

    Speaker box is home made (needs finishing, corners etc). It features 2 x 10" Australian made Lorantz 100w bass drivers at 8 ohms each. These are great speakers for the price and Aussie made to boot. You can get them from Melbourne Music.

    Overall, I'm really chuffed with these projects.






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    Here is a JB-4L (left-hand) completed last week for my daughter - we were pretty frustrated by the lack of options locally for a lefty bass. She was playing bass lines upside -down and back to front on my right handed bass, which was pretty clever but drove me crazy to look at (I'm southpaw too, but learned to play right handed -which is my excuse for being no good!). This was all the excuse I needed to try building a kit, which is something I've wanted to do for some time. I've always liked the jazz-style bass, but have never owned one, so that led to the choice of the JB-4L.

    It's all stock, apart from the strings (and one bridge screw, which I managed to lose), and came together pretty well. Finishing was the main challenge - where we are in NZ there was no chance of getting guitar-specific finishes shipped to us, so the main colour coat is a Briwax blue timber dye, with multiple coats of both (home-made) wipe-on and spray-can poly. I found that lightly sanding (400) between finish coats was a big help.

    The headstock decal was drawn and scanned onto waterslide paper by my other daughter as her contribution to the build.

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    Well done Kasei looks great. Welcome to the forum. You planning another build? The blue dye come up a treat
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    Telemonster double scale tele - tobacco burst on body and shaping fingerboard
    MK-2 Mosrite - assembled - wiring tweaks
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