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    TJD #2 scratch Axe bass

    So, being a big Kiss fan, I have always wanted an Axe Bass.
    So after getting a slab of paulownia of Dozymuppet I decided that the time has come.
    I have ordered a PB neck (SSR-4 type) which is a bolt-on, 2x2 paddle and a PB-4 chrome hardware kit. Arrival date is in October.
    I will try to use a JB style for the bridge pup and a PB style for the neck pup. 1 volume, 1 tone and a 3 way switch.

    I have sanded the body slab down using a belt sander - started with 40 g, 80 g and 120 g.
    Sketched a rough outline of the axe from a web picture.
    Cut out the body using a jigsaw.
    Sanded the body down.
    Routed out the electronics cavity using a handheld router - (but I need to get a pattern following router bit rather than using a collar guide). My bit was not deep enough so I also have to drill out some wood to get to 5 mm thickness top.
    Also made a cover plate for the electronics cavity out of 3 ply pickguard material.
    Build #1 - FVB-4 - Build Diary
    Build #2 - LP-1SS - Current - Build Diary
    Build #3 - FBM-1 - Build Diary
    Reworked Semi-scratch Explorer - Rebuild Diary
    Build #4 - AG-2 - Build Diary
    Build #5 - TB-4 - Current - Build Diary
    Scratch Build #2 - Axe Bass - Build Diary

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    Build #1 - FVB-4 - Build Diary
    Build #2 - LP-1SS - Current - Build Diary
    Build #3 - FBM-1 - Build Diary
    Reworked Semi-scratch Explorer - Rebuild Diary
    Build #4 - AG-2 - Build Diary
    Build #5 - TB-4 - Current - Build Diary
    Scratch Build #2 - Axe Bass - Build Diary

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    WOOOOOOO! Rock and Roll! That's looking awesome Trev!
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    Nice work.

    Must be time consuming having to put all that face make-up on when you work on it and then take it off again when you stop. Still, at least you can still walk down the street without being mobbed.

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    Nice work trev.. You beat me to the punch. I have a custom YB-4 on it's way (eventually) with the intention of modifying it into an axe with aspects of the Cort and Kramer axes.

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    Cool project Trevor, looking good.

    I had two mates who went to a KISS concert here in Brisbane several years ago. One of them went wearing a sky blue safari suit. My other mate said you could spot him from the other side of the auditorium amid all the black and silver. True story.

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    Last edited by robin; 19-04-2021 at 06:57 AM.

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    Great to see that slab going to good use, Trevor \m/

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    Gunna be a heck of a lot lighter than the originals. The Corts are Mahogany, the Kramers I believe were Maple. Not sure what the Jacksons in between or the two before the Kramers. With Simmons' frame, he could handle the weight.

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    All in favour of Trevor posting a photo of him building this with KISS face make up, say “Aye”!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkMark View Post
    All in favour of Trevor posting a photo of him building this with KISS face make up, say “Aye”!
    Aye! (won't let me post that on it's own - too short)

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