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    GBBO Project

    I couldn't help myself this year, I joined the GBBO for 2021. I'm most definitely not skilled enough to be a true contender, but it looks like a lot of fun. Also, a portion of the entrance fee goes to assist aspiring builders/luthiers who don't have the means to get materials or training, which is a cool cause. I also happen to have a project that should be a great challenge for this competition.

    I got the kit a few months ago as a second/special, with no idea what I was going to use it for. I started working on ideas for it, and then the GBBO was announced, and I wanted to go really crazy with it. Just about everything with this bass it outside my norm, but there's no time like a competition to try out your wackiest ideas. Here's the plan so far:

    -Hand paint body using the materials below. If all goes to plan, the body should not only be "the pinkest pink", but it should glow in the dark a kind of peach color
    -Upgrade the pickups to Dragonfire Phat J Bass pickups
    -Swap standard bridge with piezo style bridge pickup
    -Install preamp to increase piezo output
    -Change control panel to 4 250k CTS pots and re-route output jack (still deciding on location)
    -The most complicated idea I have, if even possible, is to hard wire a small speaker into the bass. I was inspired by a video I saw of a guitar with a built in speaker and MIDI drum machine so it was it's own small band. I wasn't as drawn to the MIDI board as to the speaker, so I'll go for it if the measurements line up

    All in all, it's a lot of things I've never tried before, but should be a lot of fun.

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    It sounds pretty fun. I had a car that color once, though it didn't glow in the dark unless it overheated.

    There is not a lot of room there for a pre-amp. It will be interesting to see how you deal with that issue...also you'll need to add a battery box somewhere.

    The speaker may be the most difficult, at least if you want good sound. It will have to be pretty small to fit, and that will not be very conducive to producing much bass sound. Bass notes require moving one heck of a lot more air than guitar notes, which is why the bass player usually has more watts and larger speakers than guitar players. . Also you'll need to run it with some sort of an amp...and if all that works, you may still have feedback issues.

    I will be interested in how you like the Dragonfire pickups. I really liked dealing with the guy out in Oregon who sells them when I bought a few things of his site. Haven't tried the pups yet, tho.

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    Thanks for the feedback fender3x! It should be a lot of fun (and my biggest challenge yet!). The pre-amp I've been looking at is the Fishman Powerchip. Luckily with this being directly attached to a pot I think I could make it my front volume control knob and use some of the extra routing in that area for more room. From the research I've been doing it should have the setup I need for the purpose of this build:

    https://www.amazon.com/Fishman-Power...4014812&sr=8-1

    The speaker is the part I'm willing to accept leaving on the drawing board. I'm waiting for it to arrive to do some testing and fitting first. According to their website it works as well for bass as for guitar, but if not, I've got a defunct NES classic that I can gut and turn the housing into a speaker instead.

    Either way though, if both can fit it will require a lot of routing being added to the back of the body, so it's all going to take a lot of planning. Should be a little easier once it comes in and I can plan, but we'll see how it all goes!
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