GuitarAttack: Cool...getting a bass from your boss is almost as
good as getting a raise, but not quite!
From Lex Kohn
Anyway, I had been very interested in the Ernie Ball copy kits from
byoguitar.com, but when my boss for the summer decided he didn't want to
build or keep his Saga P-Bass kit and handed it to me, I figured best not to
let the kit go to waste!
Took about a month for the finishing process all told, with a week between
color and clear coat and two weeks after the clear coat before assembly.
Aside from some spots where I sanded off some of the silver in prep for
the clear (fortunately pretty much out of sight...) the process went
really well. I wet sanded with 600, 1000, 1500, and 2000 and while there
are some odd elements to the finish, it looks very nice and is almost
The assembly went mostly without a hitch, but I found that for some reason
Saga hadn't drilled the bridge grounding wire channel correctly, and there
wasn't enough space for the copper wire AND the insulation... So I removed
the insulation and continued as per usual and will hope for now that the
bass doesn't turn into a radio antenna, it would be a bummer to have to
dig up a drill extension big enough to re-drill the channel.
Saga also dropped the ball on about three screws, but replacing screws for the pick-guard and one of the tuning machines wasn't too bad. However, the tuning machine for the G string in temperamental at best so I'll either be replacing the tuning machines at some point down the road or hope that it holds up well enough.
Considering that the kit was a gift, I'm not too set on the need to make
the kit perfect, and I think the results speak for themselves. It has its
faults of course, but the kit turned out better in the end than it looked
like it might at times, and I definitely plan to find a use for the
|Great job, Lex -- Our favorite 60's Fender color!|
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