Archive for month: April, 2012

Rentals

28 Apr
April 28, 2012

New neck for a Kay bass

28 Apr
April 28, 2012

We installed a new Engelhardt neck on a nice Kay bass from the Forties. You can get the new neck without the dovetail precut which allows you to get a tighter fit in the old mortise. In this case we increased the neck angle and overstand for better neck projection.

French Style Scroll Graft

28 Apr
April 28, 2012

Here are some shots of a new neck we installed on a nice old Tyrolean bass.

Originally “blockless”.

Center seam insert

28 Apr
April 28, 2012

Older flat back basses often  need an insert to restore the original width of the back.

 

Carbon fiber neck reinforcement

28 Apr
April 28, 2012

Here’s one way of stiffening the thin neck of a  bass – using a carbon graphite bar.  Shown is the routing setup post cut, the carbon rod and the maple filler strip that goes over the top.

Doubling the button

28 Apr
April 28, 2012

This nice Romanian bass suffered a blow to the neck and as a result the  button broke from the back and stayed with the neck heel.  The repair involved reattaching the button, then removing the back. Then we prepared the broken area for a patch and fit one in. The bass was then reassembled, the neck reset and the varnish touched up. The final image in the set is of another bass where we did a similar repair.

 

New Bass Bar

28 Apr
April 28, 2012

We installed a new bass bar for a smaller German shop bass. The bass had cracks right along the  bar at the top and bottom of the plate so we decided to reinforce the glued cracks with egg patches and fit the bar over them.

While the top was off we also replaced some ragged plate edges, patched in spruce around the upper and lower block areas and  fit half – edging all around.

New website!

28 Apr
April 28, 2012

Those of you familiar with our earlier site will notice significant changes.  We switched to WordPress which gives the site more of a “blog” format but also allows us more flexibility to make changes.   Any feedback  is appreciated. Thanks goes to my friend John Christensen of John Christensen Web Design.

Vince