Musima Elektra Bass VI Frankenstein Project

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Rock as is or refinish?

Rock as is
11
73%
Refinish
1
7%
Lace fake paisley
3
20%
 
Total votes: 15

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Re: Musima Elektra Bass VI Frankenstein Project

Post by MayTheFuzzBeWithYou » Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:54 am

That looks really great, Zork!
The Horseshoe fits it well - and the headstock design (font) is wonderful! :-*
I still can't believe those 30-40 € PitBull necks area thing and up to the task of rock'n'roll... Maybe I'm reconsidering my Telemaster project in favor of a Baritone....

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Re: Musima Elektra Bass VI Frankenstein Project

Post by Zork » Wed Nov 25, 2020 7:18 am

Sythi wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:18 pm
VERY nice!!
I have had for ages an old Hohner body from a 30'' bass. A Bass VI would actually be a great project and I happen to have Egmond pickups also lying around.
Also (!), I have been very interested in the DG tremoloes. It's actually how I came across your project. I'd be very interested to see a picture of the cavity you had to rout for the Horseshoe model and have your feedback on how it actually works. I'd like to use the so-called 'shorty' version on another project but I'm not sure how much I'd need to rout and there is no information handy about that from Göldo... Other than the JM/Jaguar model and - of course - your project, I couldn't find pictures of those installed on an instrument... Concretely, I wonder if the plate hinges down to the body level or if it would be safe to rout a smaller cavity that would stay fully hidden by the trem plate itself?
Thanks and congratulations for your project!
epizootics wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:08 pm
Dang, that's bloody amazing!
As others have said, the hand-painted headstock looks great. Same with the pickguard and, uh, the whole thing, really :)

It's hard to tell from the pictures of that Gôldo trem, but it seems it uses pivot screws at a 90 degree angle with the bent portion of the top plate? In any case it looks great. The only Göldo unit I've used so far as a Les Trem II coupled with a Staytrem bridge and it was a fine piece of machinery. Everything I'd ever wanted a Bigsby to do but better than any modern Bigsbies I'd tried.

Looking forward to seeing it completed :)
Thank you for the compliments. The DG Trem is actually a very simple construction. You can see it pretty good on this pictures here:
HUGE PICTURE 1
HUGE PICTURE 2

One part is screwed to the body of the guitar. A second part is pressed against it and pulled forward by the tension of the springs. A long screw is attached to the second part and pressed against the first part to counter the pull of the strings with a spring. You can then adjust the spring tension very similar to the Jazzmaster trem we all know and love. Both systems are actually very similar, but the DG is kind of an upside down version and doesn't use a pivot, but only two points were the movable part is pressed against.
You don't need to route a cavity, you only need to drill a hole (25mm diameter, 33mm depth) for the spring.

I hope I explained it reasonably well, it's a bit difficult to go deep into technical details in a foreign language.
MayTheFuzzBeWithYou wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:54 am
That looks really great, Zork!
The Horseshoe fits it well - and the headstock design (font) is wonderful! :-*
I still can't believe those 30-40 € PitBull necks area thing and up to the task of rock'n'roll... Maybe I'm reconsidering my Telemaster project in favor of a Baritone....
Thank you very much! The PitBull neck I got is really good. Good quality woods, nice fretwork, very stable. I didn't even need to adjust the trussrod after I strung it up. But there are a lot of additional costs: I paid 38€ for the neck, 15€ for the shipping and 23€ taxes and fees. Also it's unfinished. I had a bottle of Tru Oil, but if I had opted for nitro laquer, it would have been about another 45€ for sealer and tinted laquer. Still, it's a very affordable neck and at least for 30" scale the only available option on the market as far as I know.

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Re: Musima Elektra Bass VI Frankenstein Project

Post by Zork » Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:27 am

The parts came in! :w00t:

Installed:
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Knob layout ( looks a bit random, but the cavity is a really weird shape):
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...and the wiring diagram:
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4 way switch (series, neck, parallel, bridge), high cut, low cut and volume.

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Re: Musima Elektra Bass VI Frankenstein Project

Post by Zork » Sun Nov 29, 2020 2:06 am

So, I finished the wiring, put it back together and the copper tape shortens out the circcuit on the output jack. Also the resistor parallel to the treble- and basspots is bullshit and needs to go.

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Re: Musima Elektra Bass VI Frankenstein Project

Post by Zork » Sat Dec 05, 2020 5:23 am

After sorting out some errors with the wiring, it's finally done:

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It sounds a lot more like a bass than the Squier.

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Re: Musima Elektra Bass VI Frankenstein Project

Post by bodhi » Sun Dec 06, 2020 12:44 am

Zork wrote:
Sat Dec 05, 2020 5:23 am
After sorting out some errors with the wiring, it's finally done:

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It sounds a lot more like a bass than the Squier.

Really really cool and wonderfully unique. I'd like one :D :?
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Re: Musima Elektra Bass VI Frankenstein Project

Post by s_mcsleazy » Sun Dec 06, 2020 7:52 am

ooof. i'd love to play some blonde redhead on that.
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