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Re: when is a bass full-size, 3/4 size , etc.

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Posted by Steve C on February 01, 2001 at 08:08:53:

In Reply to: when is a bass full-size, 3/4 size , etc. 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.

Allan, i suggest checking out Bob Gollihur`s message further down the list,and check his excellent website for tons of other info.He will probably read your message and answer anyway !
p.s.your pub incident is a good reason for using laminated basses i think.
those who scorn them, and would only play their 18th century job would certainly be crying now.but then they probably wouldn`t be in a pub enjoying themselves.
my own bass is one of those awful chinese things with a BOB pickup and preamp
and it sounds great in the pub!
Steve Chase.

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