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Old 03-11-2013, 04:52 PM   #21
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Thanks! Unfortunately, the shop isn't mine, it's part of the wood working program at the local community college. It's an awesome shop and they have everything, but it gets pretty crowded during the week.


Oh yeah, one of my friends used to go to somewhere like that when he was having occupational therapy after being knocked off his bike...
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:25 AM   #22
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thanks. =]

i just wanted to make sure the jig was as simple as it looked, and that there wasn't any other sort of magic happening.

i just cut a compound headstock angle on a fanned fret 5 string bass by hand. took foreverr

but ive also been looking for bridge options for my other fanned guitars, so thanks for the tips.

No problem! Maybe I'm just lazy or perhaps I doubt my hand carving abilities too much, but I usually go for the power tool/jig option, even if it will cost more time in the end. But I think this jig was the all around better choice.

It's definitely good to know how to make one of these bridges, since it's cheap to make but looks and feels really solid. But I think if I do another one, I will try a different method for finishing it, probably either a Duracoat epoxy finish or a powder coating.

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Oh yeah, one of my friends used to go to somewhere like that when he was having occupational therapy after being knocked off his bike...

They sent him to a wood shop?
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:54 AM   #23
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They sent him to a wood shop?


Yep, he got to build birdhouses and shit (after they patched him up at the hospital obviously)
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:43 AM   #24
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No problem! Maybe I'm just lazy or perhaps I doubt my hand carving abilities too much, but I usually go for the power tool/jig option, even if it will cost more time in the end. But I think this jig was the all around better choice.

It's definitely good to know how to make one of these bridges, since it's cheap to make but looks and feels really solid. But I think if I do another one, I will try a different method for finishing it, probably either a Duracoat epoxy finish or a powder coating.


They sent him to a wood shop?


i want to try to mount the saddles to a flush mounted aluminum rod. then i will either veneer it or powder coat it.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:39 PM   #25
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the treble side towards the bottom looks a bit weird to me but i am sure once it is all carved i will change my mind. haha
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:54 AM   #26
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Holy crap, I've been neglecting this thread.

So I've gotten a bit further. I've carved the top(a little different than the idea I had), but I forgot to take pics of it. Also, I made a program for cutting out the fretboard on a CNC. I did a practice piece on MDF and everything went smoothly, so I bought some .0235" fret slot bits and did it for real:





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I'm going to install the fretboard this week, and then I should be moving pretty quickly. And I'm going to be making the pickup bobbins out of wenge on the CNC. I have those drawn up and ready to go, just waiting on some more CNC time.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:35 AM   #27
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Yep, he got to build birdhouses and shit (after they patched him up at the hospital obviously)




I guess there are worse things they could send you too.


Great build so far. I love the wood and shape design.
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That fretboard is very impressive. Great. Now I've got to save up for a CNC machine.
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Call me stupid, but how exactly does a fanned fret board work? Us bass players never get that kind of option.
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Call me stupid, but how exactly does a fanned fret board work? Us bass players never get that kind of option.
According to the laws of physics and the way stringed instruments work, having the bass strings longer means you can either use lighter strings or have them at higher tension to achieve the same pitch.
Whether this is noticably different from a playability point of view, I don't know, I've never tried one. Personally I think it's mainly, "because we can do it and it looks cool."
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:56 PM   #31
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Call me stupid, but how exactly does a fanned fret board work? Us bass players never get that kind of option.

There are a few companies that make fanned fret basses, Dingwall springs to mind immediately.
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Call me stupid, but how exactly does a fanned fret board work? Us bass players never get that kind of option.


Not true. Check out Dingwall basses:

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According to the laws of physics and the way stringed instruments work, having the bass strings longer means you can either use lighter strings or have them at higher tension to achieve the same pitch.
Whether this is noticably different from a playability point of view, I don't know, I've never tried one. Personally I think it's mainly, "because we can do it and it looks cool."

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Not true. Check out Dingwall basses:



Thanks Eddie, those are wicked looking.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:14 PM   #36
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:48 AM   #37
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realy nice!
one of the best builds ive seen here.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:12 AM   #38
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I havnt looked into fanned fret boards as of yet but I definitely like the looks and the ideas behind it. How do you figure out the spacing though? Is there some kind of calculator similar to the ones available for normal fret spacing?

That fretboard is gorgeous btw!
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I havnt looked into fanned fret boards as of yet but I definitely like the looks and the ideas behind it. How do you figure out the spacing though? Is there some kind of calculator similar to the ones available for normal fret spacing?

That fretboard is gorgeous btw!


http://www.ekips.org/tools/guitar/fretfind2d/ That's one popular calculator that works with multiscale/fanned frets.

If you're more into figuring that stuff out rather than using a calculator, I would guess that you could also decide what fret will be the perpendicular one, and work out the positions of the other frets from around that depending on your two chosen scale lengths.
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haha I think Ill stick with the calculator for now. Me trying to figure it out by my self would just lead to frets zig-zaggin all over the place lol. Thanks!
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