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    Default Re: Bass! How low can you go?

    Quote Originally Posted by VertigoCycles View Post
    will assemble it and will enjoy using it for a few months while I get some real work done and scheme on how to get into a proper paint booth so this part of the build isn't so painful.
    I feel your pain: I have two instruments that I bought raw wood bodies for with the intention of doing my own finish work...but due to my pathological inability to be patient & meticulous when applying finishes (as well as my own laziness/procrastination) these instruments are now going on 18 months and 84 months (!) respectively without a final finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
    I feel your pain: I have two instruments that I bought raw wood bodies for with the intention of doing my own finish work...but due to my pathological inability to be patient & meticulous when applying finishes (as well as my own laziness/procrastination) these instruments are now going on 18 months and 84 months (!) respectively without a final finish.
    Good luck to you! It's a different kind of pain cave. Did you ever have one of those sliding puzzles as a kid? The ones with the sliding squares that had to be moved to unlock anything adjacent to it? My project list is like that. Everything is interrelated in some way and I can't just grab one thing and do it start to finish without moving 34 other projects out of they way first.

    I assembled the bass the other day, and got it 90% wired up. I wrongly assumed that between all the extra parts I had on hand from building a couple of amps, and a professor friend of mine gifting me six moving boxes of NOS components from her lab, that's I'd have the two caps I need for the tone controls. While I wait for my Mouser order, I've been enjoying doinking around with the bass on the ODS clone I built. I wired a serial/parallel switch into the controls too and in serial mode it's like a little volume boost while thickening the tone...so cool. The good news is that it sounds great, the neck feels amazing and I don't notice the crap paint job while I'm playing with it. I haven't built enough of these yet to know how different woods really affect the tone. Unplugged, this sounds like the bigger, meaner older brother of a strat. Very loud, clear and resonant with a bit of a growl to it. I'll see if I can find a good spot for a photo tomorrow and wrap this up
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    Default Re: Bass! How low can you go?

    If you are just looking to wire it up, you know you can series / parallel caps to get the value you want?

    Works just like resistors but backwards (because you are adding admittances not impedances) so if you wanted say 330 nF and you had a box full of 220 nF you can wire two in series then one in parallel across the series pair and it will come out to the correct value.

    Be careful doing this with electros because one cap in the series pair might not see enough polarisation voltage to maintain the electrode film but I can't imagine you are using electros in your tone controls.

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    Default Re: Bass! How low can you go?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Kelly View Post
    If you are just looking to wire it up, you know you can series / parallel caps to get the value you want?
    I did know that but thanks for pointing it out. The reason why I chose not to do it is because the caps I have in the appropriate values are the orange drop type and are too big to fit into the control cavity, which is already quite tight. Had I opted to put the mini switch somewhere else, there would be room, but as is...no go. The caps arrived yesterday, have been soldered in and I should have ordered more of them in more values to experiment, so I'll do another order with Mouser to try them out. Right now there are 0.047uF caps in the controls, and I do have one 0.1 ceramic to test so I'll do that first. There's not quite enough range with the 0.047s
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