Mustang VI - digging for the bottom end

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Post: # 988196Post MatthewK »

Any reason you need a 2" string spread? I was fixed on this idea for a while, then I realised that going with a standard guitar spacing would make only a tiny difference to the string distance from the edge of the bass neck. Sure enough it's barely noticeable. Going for a std bridge increases your options hugely, and of course the Mustang tailpiece has the thimble holes ready to drop in a Mustang or Jag bridge. The radius isn't an issue with the Jag bridge since each saddle is height-adjustable, whereas Mustang saddles vary in size to match a 7.25 radius.
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Post: # 997780Post Bubble »

I d love to have a Fender VI but it's to expensive. I often ask me if this kind of project is possible. You prove it !
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Post: # 1109318Post MatthewK »

On almost the three year anniversary of this project being stalled, I had a moment of clarity - I have not gone on with it because of the mods I have to make to the Jazz Bass body, and that is INSANE. What I need is a MustangBass / Musicmaster / Duosonic body (i.e. one without the bridge routs). Does anyone want to quote me on making an unrouted Mustang body with just a neck pocket? And does anyone want an alder Jazz Bass body? (albeit one made of about 6 pieces, but otherwise excellent).
Then I can wake up, pull my thumb out and FINISH THIS. The neck is sweet and ready to go.
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Post: # 1109758Post MatthewK »

OK now I am getting my thinking straight. This needs to have a Mustang body, but the heel of the shortscale neck is longer than the heel of the guitar neck by 17mm. I don't want it to go too far back in the body so I figured I could make a body with a 17mm extension of the neck pocket to accommodate the longer heel. That then puts the Mustang trem a bit behind where it would be for a guitar, so the pickguard shape needs to change. I can't push it back to hold a third pickup - would look too weird - so I can float the third pickup on the body, just like a Jazz Bass, and angle the back edge of the guard to match.
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Post: # 1109763Post serfx »

What might work best for you is hunting down a squier bronco bass body, they only have a small route to begin with so you'd still have a bit of work to do.

either way, glad you're still keeping at it..

there is a solid chance i'll be reviving a couple old build threads in the next couple days myself.
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Post: # 1109765Post MatthewK »

We can do it!
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Post: # 1425936Post MatthewK »

what's up ShortScale, it's only been EIGHT FUCKING YEARS since my last post in this thread.
Anyway, trying to get myself back on track with this old project - I found the neck and the running gear and decided to buy a Squier Mustang Bass body from Reverb. So it's gonna be a seafoam Mustang VI, I hope.
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Post: # 1425939Post NickS »

Good to see you back. Since you last posted I've actually been to Tasmania. Like your photoshop.
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Post: # 1425949Post MatthewK »

Hope you had a good time! I gotta say it is one of the easier places in the world to have lived through the pandemic, but our luck will run out sooner or later.
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Post: # 1425950Post Nick »

Cool to see this revived, about a year or so ago I saw a Squier Bronco bass turned into a bass vi on the local fb marketplace (unfortunately I did not save a pic but it looked cool as hell), so there's definitely potential for a project like this!
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Post: # 1425962Post dots »

Welcome back, Matt! And what a great re-entry.
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Post: # 1426670Post MatthewK »

Not Photoshop any more - here's a test fit, the bridge position is approx correct for the neck sitting slightly out of the pocket (to match where the back of the neck transitions to the body joint). Mustang control plate, Jag switches, thinking maybe 2 pickups and a strangle? if the Mustang VI was a "student" version of the VI.
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Post: # 1426671Post Doog »

Love it!
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