Restomod

Erik Lundahl contacted me about an old ´68 P-bass that is in a good condition but as often the neck was a mess… read on about the journey to a straight and playable neck with a new fingerboard.

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We´re looking at the neck and old trussrod after it came off the plane router.

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One of the major problems with Fender necks is that the channel isn´t routed in a even radius, affecting mostly around 4th and 14th fret. Hence the "s" syndrome on these Fenders.

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multiple strips glued in for stability of the channel.

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Routing a 12mm channel for the reinforcement wooden rod and trussrod channel.

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with the wooden rod. Pre glueing.

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After the wood has been installed and after a week of drying and settling in. Everything is routed clean and levelled to perfection.

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Truss rod channel routed. As you see, the routed channel isn´t centered. That´s because the old Fender-factory routed channel was off by a couple of mm.

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This is where the real skills comes in. Scraping the fretboard flush to the neck. The slightest mistake and you can feel it.

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I do this on nearly all Fenders that comes in for a renovation. In my plane router jig I level the pocket at a slight angle so you don´t have to shim the neck pocket. The resulting stablity and tone is unbelievable.

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Attention to detail. Always.. Since the customer wanted the old feel of the neck there was no finishing, just a wash coat wipe.

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Finished! The bass really transformed to a tone monster after the restomod. And now with a superstraight neck with the possibility for a super low action.

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Erik Lundahl works as a full time Bassplayer / producer / teacher. Links to his work is coming soon. Very nice and super-talented guy!

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