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by joppo
Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:31 am
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 7691

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

Clamps are off and a little tension applied to the new truss rod. Feels really solid, and no cracking sounds :D Phew! It needs a little finishing (varnishing) to make it look nice, but I think that is a win!
by joppo
Sat Dec 12, 2015 10:56 am
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 7691

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

Fretboard is on! :D I have two radiused sanding blocks that just fit the neck, and again heaps of clamps to hold it together. The fretboard is sitting rock solid on the two pins I put in. Will leave it 24 hours before I remove the clamps
fret-on.jpg
by joppo
Sat Dec 12, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 7691

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

I ran some masking tape over the truss rod slot before gluing so that I don't get a lot of glue squeeze out in the slot.
tape.jpg
The glue is applied, and now I just need to take off the tape and put the fretboard on.
glue.jpg
by joppo
Sat Dec 12, 2015 10:46 am
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 7691

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

Big day today - the fretboard goes back on. First thing is a little trick to make sure the fretboard stay in the right place while the glue dries. I drilled two small holes part way through the neck, one at each end, and hammered in a small nail. I cut back the nail so just a small piece protrudes w...
by joppo
Fri Dec 11, 2015 7:09 am
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 7691

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

With the old slot filled, I routed the new slot. The ironic part is that I removed most of the wood I added. Because the neck has quite a bow and is so light, I went for a really strong truss rod. It is 12mm wide by 9.5mm deep and is made of U-shape aluminium. This is a pretty normal depth, but almo...
by joppo
Tue Dec 08, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 7691

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

I needed to fill the old slot before routing the new one. I got a length of maple to glue in, and measured the depth of the slot. The old rod was deepest in the middle and shallow at each end, so you can see I have shaped the bottom edge (measured every 5cm) so that it will fit nicely. insert.jpg Bu...
by joppo
Wed Dec 02, 2015 7:13 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 7691

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

Yes, it probably will retwist, but it is very minor. I didn't notice it when the neck was in one piece. If it was my neck, I would add a carbon rod on each side to strengthen the neck and reduce bend and twist, but that would add a bit too much cost to the repair. The neck is really quite a bit thin...
by joppo
Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:56 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 7691

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

Here I have removed the tuning machines and clamped the neck onto a straight piece of wood. I'll leave it like this for a week to try to remove any bend and twist in the neck while I wait for the new truss rod to arrive. Sitting like this, there is a very slight reverse bend in the neck, so it will ...
by joppo
Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:53 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 7691

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

Another view of the slot with the old truss rod removed and placed to the right. I need to fill this slot with a piece of maple to make sure the neck is back to full strength (i.e. no gaps inside the neck) before routing the slot for the new truss rod. I can't use the old slot because it is variable...
by joppo
Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:46 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 7691

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

So here is the neck and fretboard separated. It worked really well, with just a small amount of rosewood left at the heal where I started. Unfortunately, I didn't take a photo when I removed the neck. In this photo, you can see the old truss rod. This neck had a single action truss rod that was put ...
by joppo
Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:36 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 7691

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

The hard part is getting a blade started between fretboard and neck. There are special little trowels for the job, but I used my home handyman puttie knife. It had a reasonable edge without being too sharp. I forced the blade into each of the small holes I had drilled, being very careful to stay rig...
by joppo
Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:26 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 7691

Re: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

The first job is to carefully remove the fretboard. I drilled three small holes on each side in the heel of the neck. The holes are right on the joint line between the rosewood fingerboard and maple neck. You can just see them in this photo (the fretboard has already been removed in this photo, so j...
by joppo
Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:18 pm
Forum: Maintenance & Setup
Topic: Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck
Replies: 23
Views: 7691

Working through replacing a truss rod in a Jazz bass neck

I'm doing a repair on a friends Jazz bass neck, and though some of you might be interested in seeing it in progress. The story is a friend has acquired a 20 year old Squier Jazz Bass. It is nothing flash, but is in reasonable condition except for the neck being bent like a banana and the truss rod i...
by joppo
Sun Oct 25, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Music software for tablets
Replies: 6
Views: 3765

Music software for tablets

About a year ago I decided to go digital for all my music, rather than have piles of chord charts/sheet music littering my house. It has involved a bit of work getting everything scanned in or formatted, but really loving it now. There appears to be a heap of software for doing this, so thought I wo...
by joppo
Sat Aug 29, 2015 6:43 pm
Forum: General Bass Topics
Topic: The Ten Commandments of Bass ...
Replies: 6
Views: 3715

Re: The Ten Commandments of Bass ...

Sorry guys - Dad joke!