Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Even more rain and the Mortone...

Here we are…and it is still raining.  This will be the most rain we have had in one year since they began to keep records in the 1800’s.  The air is humid and the ground is saturated.  Getting the layers of oil tinting to dry has been a bear.  For the most part the edges are finished and look as good as they should for a bass of this age.  We go for a nice clean look with out being too perfect.  The bass needs to look its age.  Not like Joan Rivers where it does not look natural.

Lonnie is starting the “dry fit” for the neck.  This is where he makes small paper thin shims to apply to the neck joint to get a good tight fit.  While I was making supper I could hear the belt sander running and running.  He gets the shims so thin he almost sands the tips of his fingers.  Getting the neck adjusted and centered on the bass is a critical step.  If the neck is out of alignment the nut to bridge to saddle will be out of center.  He takes great care to measure from FF hole and side to side to get the neck on center.  All of these little things add up to the ease and playability of the bass.  We try to achieve a nice buttery playing bass that sounds good and looks even better.

Lonnie is satisfied that the edges look good but not too perfect.  This seems like a good stopping point to move on to the neck reset

He cleaned the wood a second time just to be sure all the lumps and bumps of glue were gone.
The beginning of the dry fit for the neck.  He is working on a good tight joint which requires small paper thin shims be made and attached with hide glue.  The super thin shims will make for a good tight neck joint.

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