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    Pit Bull Guitars EXA-4 Electric Bass Guitar Kit (Custom Special)

    I have swooped again on the Specials list.

    Ash Body.....binding.....on one edge.....humbucker and p bass pickups.....nice.

    The listing......

    Pit Bull Guitars EXA-4 Custom Special Electric Bass Guitar Kit Includes:

    Ash body with front white binding
    Maple Neck (bolt-on)with Ebony Fretboard
    MOP Block Inlays
    34″ Scale with 22 frets
    Black hardware
    Humbucker bridge and PB neck pick ups
    2 volume and 1 tone knobs
    Strap buttons
    All electronics (pots, caps, wires and solder)
    Set of Bass Strings
    FREE Shipping Ė Anywhere in Australia
    Level of Soldering Difficulty: Pro

    This kit contains everything you need to build a complete, playable guitar, except your choice of finish.
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    Geez Ozzie, interesting score and welcome to the ever growing Explorer Kit owners club!
    # 1 - EX-5 https://goo.gl/fQJMqh
    # 2 - EX-1 https://goo.gl/KSY9W9
    # 3 - Non PBG Tele https://goo.gl/W14G5g
    # 4 - Non PBG J Bass https://goo.gl/FbBaFy
    # 5 - TL-1AR GOTM Aug 2017 https://goo.gl/sUh14s
    # 6 - MMB-4 Runner-up GOTM Oct 2018https://goo.gl/gvrPkp
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    Quote Originally Posted by wazkelly View Post
    Geez Ozzie, interesting score and welcome to the ever growing Explorer Kit owners club!
    She will make 25 in my possession. This one shall be a natural front of the body and headstock....and a deep colour on the sides...back...and neck. Blue...red...green...black....who knows.

    But Ash body filled with timbermate....maybe a dark colour on the front....sanded off then sealed with Tru Oil.

    I could not resist when I saw her on the list......gotta think of a name for her.

    Was nearly going to grab a Hoffner style with a spalted top.

    This is more my speed. Pretty keen. 😎
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    It is similar to your TBird with that 3 point bridge and vol, vol, tone controls.

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    # 1 - EX-5 https://goo.gl/fQJMqh
    # 2 - EX-1 https://goo.gl/KSY9W9
    # 3 - Non PBG Tele https://goo.gl/W14G5g
    # 4 - Non PBG J Bass https://goo.gl/FbBaFy
    # 5 - TL-1AR GOTM Aug 2017 https://goo.gl/sUh14s
    # 6 - MMB-4 Runner-up GOTM Oct 2018https://goo.gl/gvrPkp
    # 7 - ES-1 Runner-up GOTM Aug 2018https://goo.gl/T9BEY8

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    Feast Watson golden teak would look pretty good.
    Being solid ash with no veneer that leaves you with plenty of options.

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    # 1 - EX-5 https://goo.gl/fQJMqh
    # 2 - EX-1 https://goo.gl/KSY9W9
    # 3 - Non PBG Tele https://goo.gl/W14G5g
    # 4 - Non PBG J Bass https://goo.gl/FbBaFy
    # 5 - TL-1AR GOTM Aug 2017 https://goo.gl/sUh14s
    # 6 - MMB-4 Runner-up GOTM Oct 2018https://goo.gl/gvrPkp
    # 7 - ES-1 Runner-up GOTM Aug 2018https://goo.gl/T9BEY8

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    This will be fun to follow! I'm lurking for an EX1 myself so I'm curious what you are going to create with this build
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    Quote Originally Posted by wazkelly View Post
    Feast Watson golden teak would look pretty good.
    Being solid ash with no veneer that leaves you with plenty of options.

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    I happen to have golden teak....and I quite like the colour....but on the front over say....walnut timbermate sanded off and then the Tru Oil dance.

    Maybe a deep red on the sides, back, and neck. How did your Red ES go under Tru Oil...did it make it deeper....towards maroon in colour?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kick View Post
    This will be fun to follow! I'm lurking for an EX1 myself so I'm curious what you are going to create with this build
    This is a special order that the original customer did not rate....so Ozzie did swoop.

    I will warm up to this....but Ash has great grain and you canít bury that under paint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wazkelly View Post
    It is similar to your TBird with that 3 point bridge and vol, vol, tone controls.

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    Definitely not a fan of ANY three point bridge. They are really a compromise for string height......no individual string height adjustability.

    But this one has a P BASS split pickup in the neck...and one of THOSE quiet humbuckers in the bridge. This one maybe DUNCAN time. Quarter pounders in the neck and a passive blackout in the bridge.

    Of course some exploratory electronics...wth guidance from yourself and weirdy....of course.

    I am thinking push pull for series/parallel on the neck.....and maybe two push pulls in the bridge for the four split options weirdy gave me today. So V V T all push pull.....nice.

    No preamp....just not a fan.
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    Hi Ozzie, understand that you are not a fan of the pre amp. Must say that I am a little underwhelmed by how it sounds and still getting used to it. Worst case scenario would be to leave both Bass & Treble controls at centre detent as that effectively bypasses it.

    As for Tru Oil over shades of Red, the darker the better as on my J Bass that was the same ink & stain as used on the ES1 and after 2 or more years it still looks great and not showing any of the TO slight yellowish typical signs of ageing. As layers of TO went on the ES1 I thought it enhanced the stain, a bit like DT intensifier does, but then TO does that with most stains I have used except Blue as that just kept going greener with each additional coat.

    Wiring options on this new toy......hmmm.....best to wait for Weirdy's advice.

    As for replacing the Bridge Humbucker if it is the same size as what comes in EX5, IB5, and a few others it is has unusual dimensions and just did a quick measurement on EX5 that reveals PUP cavity is about 100 mm x 40 mm. Not sure if Duncans come in that size? I know that there is a passive EMG that does as I nearly bought them before choosing Custom Bensons. Bartolini also make some in that size but they are not cheap and also hard to find.

    What do you plan to use for a bridge if not using the stock 3 pointer? Looks like Black hardware which limits your options to possibly something like what I have upgraded to on the EX5 which was bought from Real Parts.

    This one has 18 mm string spacing... https://www.realparts.com.au/bridges...dge-black.html

    Or this Gotoh one with 19 mm spacing is a little bit dearer and probably what I would choose as the other one has lots of little grub screws to hold it all in place which has caused me to baulk at final setup and intonating as that may take a lot longer than using a typical F style bridge.... https://www.realparts.com.au/bridges...dge-black.html
    # 1 - EX-5 https://goo.gl/fQJMqh
    # 2 - EX-1 https://goo.gl/KSY9W9
    # 3 - Non PBG Tele https://goo.gl/W14G5g
    # 4 - Non PBG J Bass https://goo.gl/FbBaFy
    # 5 - TL-1AR GOTM Aug 2017 https://goo.gl/sUh14s
    # 6 - MMB-4 Runner-up GOTM Oct 2018https://goo.gl/gvrPkp
    # 7 - ES-1 Runner-up GOTM Aug 2018https://goo.gl/T9BEY8

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