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    Quote Originally Posted by ozzbike View Post
    Ahh, credit for this sort of behaviour must go to "Weirdy." He put me onto the evilness of splitting the wire from the pick-up closer to the neck and running both wires (extended) to and from a push pull pot. It puts the two pick-up segments, as a P Bass pick-up is basically a split single coil, in and out of series and parallel.

    There is a noticeable drop off in sound out of the pick-up in parallel mode.....but I like the roundness of that sound for blues and slower songs.....like an instant tone drop of known proportions....that you don't have to roll a knob up and down and try and find a sweet spot....instant response.

    All hail to "Weirdy"the King of wiring. Thanks Scott for all your electronic guidance. Did it all myself this time Dad....
    Ah, gotcha now.

    Trust Weirdy to come up with something unique

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    Looks great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnH View Post
    Looks great!
    Thank you. I like it very much.
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    Looks great Ozzie. The nudie natural finish is becoming your signature speciality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wazkelly View Post
    Looks great Ozzie. The nudie natural finish is becoming your signature speciality.

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    I think so...I can do it okay. I like the finish very much as well.
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    Final setup touches.

    The setup on this one has been tough.

    I either had the bridge saddles up in the sky or cranked down on the deck.

    Right now she plays really well...but I need to trim things to hide the bits I have added.

    The neck has a three piece veneer shim I made from the veneers I have been using on another build. First one I have ever made from wood...mostly I use a chopped up business card.

    I then had to make about a 3mm wide shim to go under the nut....keep it in one piece...and fit it without bits falling off everywhere.

    I then rounded/sanded/waxed/polished the edges of the fretboard and polished the fret ends......it feels so amazing.

    ***I must say again...The Entwistle PBXN pickups are the most amazing P Bass sound I have in my 29 Guitar and Bass collection.....totally full....totally clear and sustain that disappears over the horizon.***

    https://www.pitbullguitars.com/shop/...-style-basses/

    Currently, 16th June 2019, listed as out of stock and a cost of $58-95 at this time.

    If you have a P Bass and want something a little different with a really nice sound do watch this link and get yourself some.

    I have a fully shielded pickguard, nylon washers under every pot, fully shielded control cavity....and good quality push pull pot and tone pot and an orange drop capacitor connected to a switchcraft jack socket. So there was never any margin for error. But this Bass is very quiet...no hum at all....and the setup is now amazing.

    I have a chrome pickup cover and a chrome bridge cover left to fit....maybe. But otherwise the natural Ash P Bass is done....and I really enjoy playing her.
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    Couple more pics.

    Just the last two.
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    Pickup cover would probably detract and spoil the look.
    Ashtray bridge cover can look good but has to be removed on every string change plus it robs you of the flexibility to do palm muting, if you're into that sort of thing. (obviously i do dabble in a bit of palm muting from time to time)

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    Completely done now.

    Uncertain weather and a desire to have her finished has aligned and she is now totally complete:-

    Pitbull Guitars 2 piece ash body maple neck and maple fretboard precision bass kit. (GPB-4M)

    https://www.pitbullguitars.com/shop/...-kit-ash-body/

    Body, neck, fingerboard all finished with Feast Watson Fine Buffing Oil, followed by Gillys Cabinetmakers Wax, and finished with Gillys Carnauba Polish.

    Body has three different shades of timbermate. Outside edge is walnut.....next inside that is Cedar/Blackwood...and then in the middle is a neutral timbermate coloured with vintage amber colortone dye.

    None of the colouring is really obvious. The neck was just done front to back with the Cedar/Blackwood colour.

    Upgrades:-

    From Pitbull with the original kit purchase:-

    1 x (Set) Entwistle PBXN pickups
    1 x Tusq nut
    1 x Sprague Orange Drop 0.047mf capacitor
    1 x Switchcraft 1/4inch jack socket
    1 x Bourns Mini Audio taper 250k pot (Used in Tone position.)

    From Real Parts:-

    1 x Chrome Bridge Cover
    1 x Chrome Pickup Cover
    1 x Wilkinson 4 string Bass bridge.
    1 x Bourns Push Pull 250k pot (Volume and push-pull for series and parallel.)
    1 x Set GOTOH Elephant Ear Bass tuners
    1 x (Set) Schaller style strap lock buttons (Chrome.)
    2 x Metal Dome knobs (Chrome.)

    Ordered online at PBG on 01 May 2019. All complete at the end of the day today 16 June 2019.

    That is so much quicker than paint or Tru-Oil finishes.

    I used sandpaper...but only through to 240grit...I used 00, 000, 0000 grade steel wool...and I used a fine sandpaper foam block to roll the edges of the fretboard. I did a complete taping up of the fretboard...marking of the frets...flattening the truss road and neck checked flat.....frets all levelled.....then sanded, steel wool and finally AutoSol polished. The ends of the frets were filed smooth and then with the freetboard rolled as the sanding foam block passed over.

    I covered the control cavity with strips of copper tape from a 50metre roll I have, and also used the same on the complete underside of the pickguard. I also used two x nylon washers from the Green shed on the shafts of the two pots under the pickguard.

    My wiring harness was made by me. I used White and Black vintage push back wire. I extended the pickup wires to reach both sides of the push-pull pot with this wire also.

    I used 60/40 lead solder at 400 degrees whenever any soldering was needed. I used the leads (legs) from the capacitor to make jumper connectors for the push pull pot. (The external wires are all soldered on....but I used the leads to create the cross pot connections and the earth connections.)

    *P.S. And $4-00 E-Bay thumb rest.*
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    Last edited by ozzbike; 16-06-2019 at 05:14 PM.
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    Just the last few pics.

    Just a couple more.....

    I love that the wood is not perfect. The top edge has marks that look like cracks....but are scratches that cross the grain....the front back and sides have some wicked growth marks, knots and even a ding or two. The bottom edge is not as nearly clearly defined with growth rings as other bodies I have....but still feels and looks great.

    This tree has lived a life before it became a Bass Guitar....and I love listening to the stories it continues to tell.
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