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Posted by Allan Greenwood on February 01, 2001 at 06:11:58:

I have recently acquired a damaged plywood 2Xbass, (finger board broken, no bridge, hole in ribs, multiple gouges and scractches to body) but with advice and help, I have made a start on repairing an refinishing the instrument. It will always be a budget model , but it's become an enjoyable thing to do - nearly finished now - looking good - a light oak finish with several coats of button polish/varnish - just need to fit the bridge to countour the belly profile and so that it holds the strings at a correct height from the fingerboard. My query is about its size. I've become aware that some basses are described as full size, 3/4 size, 7/8 size etc. For my reference (& in ordering parts etc.), I would be grateful if anyone could give me any reference measurements to allow me to describe this instrument correctly.

My current working bass was also damaged last week when it got knocked over in a pub - an accident - but my fault for not putting it in a sensible place! However, the neck/body joint has separated - quite cleanly - no snapping of parts - just a bit of damage to the side of the dovetail joint where the neck-heel is jointed to the body block. The neck will slide in the V joint, but is not tight and will need some action to firm it up - again this instrument is a budget 2Xbass (plywood with a veneer on the top layer) - any tips, pointers, thoughts on the best way to repair the now slack neck/body joint?
Thanks in anticipation of advice and support

Allan Greenwood.


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