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    Basic repair

    Bass sick repair...so my nephew brought back my bass I lent him a while back, he bought a new to him one, and sent mine back in a 'new to me' style
    serves me right, he asked if he could add some stickers, & make some changes, intonation, string height etc. Well for some reason he thought cutting off the upper horn/arm would look cool or be easier to play, I really have no idea{again }
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    Well, I finally got around to attempting a fix...
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    Not too sure if I did any better than he but it was a good learning experience for a future build someday...cleaned up nice though, now I need to go pick-up some new strings & re-install my Guitar Rig app and thump out some noise

    Couldn't resist adding the hillbilly bling ...hat pins
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    I like the new body, Ken. The little curliecues on the horns are a neat touch.

    If one of my nephews returned a guitar with the body hacked like that, I'm afraid there'd be a killin'. Years ago I gave (not loaned) one of my guitars to a nephew. I gave it to him under the condition that he never put stickers on it. To this day the guitar is sticker-free.
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    Great fix Ken, I like the design a lot

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    nice piece of walnut ken and know you have no excuse for not showing up to the gathering and have something to strum
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    So you're tellin' me this goof thought it would be POK to cut up a borrowed musical instrument!?! Nice fix. Bad nephew.
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    wow, I can't believe that he did that to a borrowed instrument! Great job on the rebuild!
    -Ned

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    Thanks guys, Here's a shot of the other {left} half of the slab this came from, barely had enough due to the curling/lifting you can see in the lower right corner...
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    I could also use some tip's on finishing, one-how do you folks fill the pores in walnut? And second, any tips on avoiding sanding through the lacquer finish on edges{as seen below}...
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    Just another shot as the first ones didn't give a good over-all straight-on look{I blame that on you photo experts inspiring lost causes like me }
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    Glenn, this goof is from the misses side {though I have a quite a few from my side} and the only male to boot, he thinks he's perfect
    I'm almost sure he didn't get it from either side, gotta be an alien off-shoot, you know how some teens can be/act
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    Oh boy I cannot believe what kids can get up to. I am scared to think what i would have done to him.

    But on the other hand, had he not done this, you would not have had the opportunity to do such a great fix, so in a weird Alien sense he had you show us more of your talent and skill at fixing things.

    Great piece of wood.

    As to your issue on the egdes dont you think your edges are still rather sharp. I have no clue just thinking aloud and thinking a bigger radius would surely make for better surface area to build up finish.

    Looking forward to hopefully hearing this baby play a tune at Larrys place next month.
    cheers

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    Good of you to forgive him, and I think you've improved upon it greatly. That looks really quite nice Ken
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cook View Post
    ...I could also use some tip's on finishing, one-how do you folks fill the pores in walnut?...
    There are several brands of wood fillers made just for that purpose. You spread the stuff on, work it into the pores, let it dry, then sand smooth. Here's a quiks article:

    http://www.woodmagazine.com/material...ect-finishing/

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    ...And second, any tips on avoiding sanding through the lacquer finish on edges...
    Don't sand so much on the edges. Seriously, Rob's suggestion for larger radiuses is a good one, but whenever I'm sanding a lacquer finish, I'm particularly careful around tricky parts like corners and edges. Also, are you sanding wet or dry? I find I have fewer occasions of going through the finish when I wet sand (typically with 600 grit paper). Most often, after just a few strokes, I can hear a change in the sound of the paper going across the finish. When I hear the change, I know the orange peel is gone and it's time to move on to another spot.
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