Thursday, 12 June 2014

335 Semi-hollow Bass: The Neck is Set

With the clear coats finally in an acceptable state, it was time to glue the set neck onto the 335 bass. Before I could do that, I needed to drill a hole for the bridge ground wire from the front bridge post out into the cavity. This time I remembered to use a metal ruler to protect the finish from the side of the drill bit.

All was completed successfully, and the ground wire was installed by baring some of the wire, turning this downwards into the post hole and then inserting the the post into the hole. A multimeter attached to the bridge post and the end of the ground wire indicates very quickly whether the bare wire is making contact.

With the grounded bridge post installed, the other bridge posts could be pushed in and the bridge mounted to allow the outside strings to be aligned down the neck. With this looking good, it was time to get out the Titebond and slather it into the cavity and onto the neck heel. The clamp went back on (tight!) and now it is left to dry for a couple of days.

I am a little concerned that the neck could come over more towards the E string at the tuner end. The string is sitting a little too far into the fretboard down at the pickup end of the fretboard for my liking. But try as I might, I could not get the neck to twist horizontally any further. It's definitely playable as-is, and this certainly wasn't a visible issue during the mock build,so we'll have to wait and see what it looks like when the clamp comes off.