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NGDx3 Hi-Flier Bass, Harmony LP, Kingston Hollowbody
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Is this truly awful or kind of neat?



No lie that's actually one of the coolest designs ever! I've always thought LPs were THE most boring guitar shape but adding that top horn flips everything on its head!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice, love that scratchplate! It actually works surprisngly well without having it follow the top horn. For my money, one big parallelogram scratchplate would look so sick.

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And personally speaking, I reckon it'd look a little better if it wasn't quite so thicc

Putting my I'm-not-a-professional design hat on:
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As the LP is much rounder in the lower bout (a smaller radius in a way, I guess), the overlap against the horns seems a lot more... exaggerated? Moreso on the top one





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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Doog, I know you want me cut the body along the black lines you've added but I'm not going to do that.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Kingston is kinda playable, it cleaned up nicely, just cleaned dirt off and rubbed with a damp cloth, lemon oil on the fretboard and some gorgomyte on the frets. I shimmed the neck and tried to tighten the truss rod but it is very stuck and didn’t want to move much. I may need to invest in a longer hex key set for more leverage but I’m not sure the rod is still functioning. The 4th fret is sticking up a little on the treble side and will need to be glued down. Might take to one of the local shops for opinions on if the neck is worth the trouble. Of course, like the Harmony this is also an odd scale length at 24.5 so finding a replacement neck would be difficult. At least the neck isn’t twisted and it’s just a dip in the middle.

If nothing else, the pickups sound as good as I remember, at least on cleans and light gain. They’re so microphonic the control plate actually calls them “Mic 1” and “Mic 2”

Well here it is:


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My mic(rophonic pickup) sounds nice check one.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nick wrote:
They’re so microphonic the control plate actually calls them “Mic 1” and “Mic 2”


Laughing

I hope it's rescuable, it's a real beaut.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nick wrote:
Of course, like the Harmony this is also an odd scale length at 24.5 so finding a replacement neck would be difficult.


It looks like it has a floating bridge? If so, couldn't you use a 24.75 neck from a Epiphone LPJ or similar and move the bridge? Assuming the neck pocket dimensions are comparable.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NickD wrote:
Nick wrote:
Of course, like the Harmony this is also an odd scale length at 24.5 so finding a replacement neck would be difficult.


It looks like it has a floating bridge? If so, couldn't you use a 24.75 neck from a Epiphone LPJ or similar and move the bridge? Assuming the neck pocket dimensions are comparable.
It seems obvious now that you say that. There isn't much room to move it further back because of the tailpiece but I could either replace the tailpiece or grind/cut off the part that's sticking out for the trem spring that I don't have anyway.
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The Univox is done! The original bridge was in really bad shape so I used the bridge off my Bronco bass since it had the correct string spacing (don’t worry, I ordered a replacement on eBay so the Bronco is back in business). I think the roundness of it compliments the body shape better than the original anyway. I also had to fix some of the wiring, replacing the 1/4” jack and adding ground wire to bridge. The neck pickup was all apart when I got it, but everything sort of snapped back together and is working fine again. I also managed to find a matching tone knob on reverb.com

I strung it with rotosound flatwound 40-90 gauge strings and straightened the neck before eventually stripping out the truss rod nut. Embarassed

The only issue was the E string was not intonating correctly and was sharp pretty much the whole way down the fretboard. I realized the nut looked like it wasn’t slotted deep enough and figured that might be the cause. I left it at Parkway Music to fix the nut issue and dial in the intonation. It’s playing so smooth now, action is super low and it doesn’t buzz anywhere. I wasn’t sure if this would be a flip when I bought it, but it’s a keeper for sure.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great Nick!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks great Nick!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks absolutely badass
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks class.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I expect you to play a full version of Foreplay by Boston in the chat.


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though I’d settle for Buena by Morphine
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