Ziricote Bass - Inlays, Fretlines & Neck Bolts

The first job on the Ziricote bass this week was to install the Luminlay side dot markers. Once that was done, the fretboard is radiused (16'') using a sanding block with guide rails setup to keep everything lined up.

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Next, I turned my attention to the fret lines. Each strip of Maple veneer is glued in using Permabond 792, which is a rapid drying Cyanoacrylate adhesive (Superglue). I literally have about 3 seconds to get the veneer in place before the glue sets, so I test fit each veneer before gluing and make sure that the slot is the correct depth and that it's free from dust, as making any adjustments when the glue is added will likely end with finger tips being permanently attached... don't ask me how I know that.

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Once the glue is fully cured I trim, file and sand the lines level with the fretboard...

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The neck is then placed in the neck pocket so I can mark the locations for the threaded inserts. The holes are drilled along with a slight countersink, and the inserts are carefully screwed in.

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A quick test fit...

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...and it's starting to look like a bass!

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