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 Post subject: Kit 5 str passive SR style bass in UK
PostPosted: December 12th, 2017, 12:26 pm 
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http://www.kitbuiltguitars.co.uk/bass-g ... r-kit.html
Left hand guitar parts or kits are rarely stocked by UK dealers, but here's one. It's their only lefty bass at the moment. They've just added a lefty LP double-cut Junior, which is not a bass of course, but happens to be my favourite Gibson 6string design.
Mind you, as a reverse strung player, I'd quite happily work with the righty SG bass they have and just hang it upside down!

Anyway, I did put it about that Santa might bring me the SR 5 string kit. I'm hopeful.

What had been putting me off doing a kit is the finishing, but I've been checking out what can be done with dyes and Tung oil so probably will go that way.

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 Post subject: Re: Kit 5 str passive SR style bass in UK
PostPosted: December 12th, 2017, 12:51 pm 
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Affordably priced... hope you've been a good boy this year, and Santa brings you this kit! :)

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PostPosted: December 29th, 2017, 6:34 am 
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It did arrive, so I must have been good enough. Santa must have lowered his standards ;)

Build is underway. Isn't a bolt together and go job. The only supplied instructions are for the wiring.

Neck pocket route too narrow. Pickup routes not long enough. I've corrected those.

Control cover plate not recessed. That's a bitch to cut out since it would best have been routed first before the control cavity.

Body wood is quite coarse with a lot of soft grain gaps. Made of 3 unmatched pieces. Not symmetrical either - 2 pieces below the centre line & 1 above. The top one has really nice swirly grain, the others more linear. Would be stellar if it was one piece like the top - but then I suppose it wouldn't be so cheap! Filling & sanding underway.

Neck seems ok. A little rough on fret ends but it all checks straight and level. Some shallow dings on fingerboard in one place where it looks like it's been clamped by something.

Humbucking soapbar pickups fully wired in screened 4 core if you wanted to do coil tap/series stuff, but there's little room for extra switching so you'd probably need push/pull switch pots - although the body isn't very thick there .

500k lin for volumes and 500k log for tones. 68nF (0.068uF) green drop tone caps. I may use 47nF. The wiring diagram fails to mention the A & B taper pots and which of them is for which job.

Nice jack socket. Is actually a stereo TRS one. I may fit a mono-stereo switch - somewhere.

Bridge & tuners usable.

Horrible plastic nut fitted. I've knocked it out since I'd rather finish the neck before fitting the nut.

Pictures when I've got something to show.

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 Post subject: Re: Kit 5 str passive SR style bass in UK
PostPosted: December 29th, 2017, 5:57 pm 
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No wonder it was affordably priced! Sounds like you've got it well in hand though....

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PostPosted: December 29th, 2017, 9:10 pm 
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Sounds killer. I just looked at the control cavity on the link you sent- holy crap, I’d need to hire a brain surgeon- it’s a bit snug, mate. Best of luck! Can’t wait to see the end product.

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 Post subject: Re: Kit 5 str passive SR style bass in UK
PostPosted: January 18th, 2018, 1:26 pm 
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It's built and very playable!

Wasn't plain sailing, but I thoroughly enjoyed this project.

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Reverse strung with high C to suit me ;)

I'll start a review thread with some more photo's and info shortly.

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PostPosted: January 18th, 2018, 1:35 pm 
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Please do!


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PostPosted: January 18th, 2018, 3:08 pm 
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Done!
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