Watson Guitars
Idyllwild
California, USA

Wishbass Conversion Project


This is an interesting challenge - my customer needs a Wishbass instrument converted to fretless and headless! I'm working on making this happen using the available features on the instrument and some new parts.


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(9/17/17) Left: Edges of the fingerboard have been taped off so that I can get started on the gold colord filler. Will probably need a few applications. (9/18/17) Right: Text and picture coming.
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(9/13/17) Left: I did a test for my customer to see if I could give us a fret markers in the color he wanted. This one was done with and epoxy filler and dye. (9/15/17) Right: The fingerboard has had a generous coat of sealer so that I can go ahead and get the fret slots filled with our colored filler. Should look good!
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(9/9/17) Left: This is my layout of bass clef artwork for the fingerboard. I want the clefs to be pretty bold so that the shell shows up. (9/11/17) Right: Text and picture coming.
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(9/6/17) Left: Moving along woth the string retainer - I have all the string holes established and now have to cross drill and then thread for the set screws. (9/7/17) Right: I have sanded down the top of the fingerboard to remove the machining marks. It's now nice and smooth. The lines are the fret slots full of dust!
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(8/31/17) Left: Did some initial surgery to the headstock area of the bass. I'm leaving a little spare material right now until I know how things are coming together. (9/4/17) Right: More work being done on the string retainer - I started it early because they are always a lot of time and work to manufacture this part.
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(8/27/17) Left: Machining of the compound radius on the top of the fingerboard has been done. In the interest of speed I will sand later when board is off machine. Next is fret lines. (8/29/17) Right: This is the fingerboard with the compound radius machined onto the upper surface. I will need to do some sanding to remove machining marks.
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(8/25/17) Left: The assembly for the fingerboard is up on the CNC and I have started by thicknessing the entire board and cover piece to just over final size. (8/26/17) Right: Just completed the machining of the external profile of the fingerboard. I adjusted the dimensions to suit the Wishbass neck width so everything should work out.
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(8/21/17) Left: I have lot of calculations to do in order to guarantee that this bass can be converted to multi-scale and that everything will work! (8/23/17) Right: Got started on making a custom string retainer which we will need once the neck has been completed. I cut it from solid brass bar and will machine it to size and drill and tap holes.
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(8/19/17) Left: I cut a piece of 3/4 MDF which I will use to support the fingerboard during machining. Lower side of board has been sanded flat and I will glue it to the MDF. (8/20/17) Right: I have the fingerboard and end piece being glued onto the MDF in the vacuum press. This will give me a very stable assembly for machining.
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(8/14/17) Left: First job is to inspect the instrument and then strip off most of the hardware so that I can start taking critical measurements. (8/17/17) Right: This is a piece of very straight grained Bocote which will work really well as a fretless fingerboard. I will use this to create the new multi-scale fingerboard and cover over fiber cables.

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Last update Agust 18, 2017