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Thunder Bird Bass Build, non-reverse style
« on: September 23, 2013, 04:07:35 AM »
OK, this one seems to be going on forever. I've been working on this one for a couple of years. When I started I was very excited to start. A friend had loaned me his '66 Non reverse T-Bird to make drawings from. I have pretty much everything to complete this except time.

Right now, any available time I have is for the SGs. If I get some time to make a fingerboard jig for the table saw, I may have my wife help me cut this up at the same time as the SG blanks.


This is what I have so far. I used my ghetto mill jig to take down the thickness. I used some Khaya (African Mahogany) for the body. It is one of three body blanks I bought at the same time as the two I got for the SGs that I'm building.











After the body was milled, the shape was cut out.






Once that was done, I started working on the neck. It is made from two pieces of Honduran Mahogany. The original necks were one piece, but I had found this really nice two piece blank, and thought it would be more durable.







Here are the two blanks prepped, and waiting for the next step.






Unfortunately, when cutting out the headstock, the band saw blade jumped from it's guides. I had to create a scarf joint. this took a lot of work to complete. It is now repaired, and waiting for me to move on to the next step.















I did manage to find a set of 70's reissue Thunderbird pickups. They are the ceramic type, but should still sound pretty good. Hopefully I have more to add to this soon.






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Re: Thunder Bird Bass Build, non-reverse style
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2014, 01:47:25 AM »
Surprise, surprise!!!


I got some work done on this over the weekend. Since I was using an identical style double action truss rod on the two SGs, I managed to route the neck and install the truss rod on this. I couldn't find the epoxy that I had purchased a couple of months ago, so the fillets are not yet glued in. I'll try to sneak some work in on the headstock and finger board as time allows. The SGs are still the priority right now.


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Re: Thunder Bird Bass Build, non-reverse style
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2014, 05:22:22 PM »
Bloody hell John, you've jumped out the starting blocks  mate   :D it's nice to see you have had a chance to do some work on your builds ........ Excellent , now go and drink some water  :cool:

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Re: Thunder Bird Bass Build, non-reverse style
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2014, 01:57:43 AM »
Thanks Johnny! I wanted to go out for a pint of something nice, but all the pubs are full of plastic paddies drinking green beer. There are more bloody Irish in Boston than in Ireland.   >:D

I'll have to wait until tomorrow.

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Re: Thunder Bird Bass Build, non-reverse style
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2014, 08:39:12 AM »
 ;D ;D ;D


Mind you ,they have a fantastic St Patrick's day and parade in Birmingham UK near me  ;)

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Re: Thunder Bird Bass Build, non-reverse style
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2014, 07:37:11 PM »
Got the truss rod fillet glued in, and the headstock wings glued on. Tomorrow, I'll see if I can at least glue the holly veneer on before this sits for a while again.


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Re: Thunder Bird Bass Build, non-reverse style
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2014, 12:02:42 AM »
Underneath all the aluminum vise jaws and Kant-Twist clamps, is a holly veneer glued to the headstock. Hope to make a bit more progress during the week, then this may sit for a while again.


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Re: Thunder Bird Bass Build, non-reverse style
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2014, 02:10:12 AM »
I snuck in a little more work on this baby.







Time to set it aside until the fingerboard looks like it belongs attached to the neck.




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Re: Thunder Bird Bass Build, non-reverse style
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2014, 08:08:00 AM »
You know , there is something just so right about the head stock on those .

Nice to see your update , I can even smell the wood . :D

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Re: Thunder Bird Bass Build, non-reverse style
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2014, 08:23:19 PM »
Thanks Johnny! Hopefully, your nose isn't running as bad as mine from all the sawdust and dust from the MDF materials.
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Re: Thunder Bird Bass Build, non-reverse style
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2014, 10:50:25 PM »
Sawdust and snot , what a combination , ha, ha .

We have been looking after our 3 year old granddaughter this week ,who just happens to have a cold .

Faith has the unatarel ability to produce snot at a rate that is not humanely possible ,I gave up with tissues and just handed her a toilet roll ...... bless

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Re: Thunder Bird Bass Build, non-reverse style
« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2014, 10:51:23 PM »
Whilst she was shut out in the garden I hope!! >:D
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Re: Thunder Bird Bass Build, non-reverse style
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2014, 10:53:26 PM »
Yes Rob , trouble is the Windows now look like they are covers in snail trails  ;D

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Re: Thunder Bird Bass Build, non-reverse style
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2014, 10:54:49 PM »
Lick em clean, Or maybe not? >:D >:D
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Re: Thunder Bird Bass Build, non-reverse style
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2014, 01:06:16 AM »
You never know what lurks in the snot of a three year old.

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