Thursday, April 30, 2009

'69 ebo pt.2

OK, got her naked now I just need to strip her down and sand her. That reminds me of a joke from buddy Paul Lechner. I like my women like I like my coffee... Ground up and in the freezer. Not sure where Paul is now.

According to the pocket colors, it looks like she used to be Cherry Red! Don't think I'll do that, though. Too common. Right now I'm thinking red and black, but I'll discuss with D and see. Headstocks been really jacked up, so maybe I'll put a super retro Gibson logo on there. Gonna replace the bridge and nut and whatever else is not too serviceable, otherwise I will try and keep the original junk.

Gonna go out to the shop tonight to start the process and check out what Don's been up to.

'69 ebo

OK, Watt's got me wanting to fix up the shorty bass. Probably needs a new bridge and paint. I'll leave everything else stock. Now, what color?

Friday, April 24, 2009

Still Waiting...

We are anxiously awaiting word as to what the issue is with our CNC equipment. Hopefully we will know soon. It's like Tom Petty sings, the waiting is the hardest part. Well, the sanding is a bitch, too. Maybe I'll write that song.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

My Mike Watt Experience...

Let me just do a run down of how my night went.

I arrived at the parking lot of the Granada and spotted Mike Watt's tour van sitting alone in the lot. I parked next to it thinking I would get a photo of my FJ next to the van. As soon as I stepped out, Mike walked out from behind the van. I called to him and he came right over. I explained to him I was a long time fan and a bass player, too, and that I had an instrument I wanted him to see. He said yeah and I opened the back of the FJ and fumbled open the guitar case revealing the Bell Custom Guitars Ahu Bass. He picked it up immediately and started thumping away. I asked if I could get a photo and he said yes. I rummaged around and finally found my camera and snapped a couple of quick pics while he was playing sitting on the back of the FJ. I was thrilled, but not surprised. Mike has always been open and gracious. He looked it over a bit and commented on the quality and comfort, naming all of the components and specs like he built it himself.

We spoke about bass and touring for a while and not wanting to bother him anymore, I said have a good show. He said "I'm gonna play hard cause' I know there's a bass-man in the crowd."

I went around the front of the Granada and called the wife to tell her. She knew it meant alot to me and she was exstatic. I then walked to the Chevron station to get some cash and in walks Watt! He was getting some Tums for Tom W. (guitarist). Apparently the chicken from Granada's grill was unfriendly to him. We strolled back liesurely an conversed on a wide range of stuff including the recent passing of Stooges guitaist Ron Asherton. When we got back to the lot, he suggested I show the bass to Tom. I did and also gave him the Bell Custom Guitars spiel along with a business card. He was way cool, even with a rotting gut!

The show was great and Watt gave it 100%, as usual, playing new tunes, and some Minutemen. Afterwards while he was selling t-shirts and handing out stickers, he reccognized me and stopped down to hand over his "63 Gibson eb0! The folks around me were as stunned as I was and started taking pictures. Watt asked me if I could tell the difference between my "69 and his"63. I could tell the neck was wider at the nut and that the bass was lighter overall. It also had two Lindy Frailen guitar pickups! Crazyness. He confirmed my evaluation all while selling t-shirts. Turns out that one of the photographers was from Bass Player magazine and she wanted to know why he handed me his bass. I told her it was because I showed him the Ahu and invited her to photograph it. She did and asked if I wanted to hang backstage. I wanted to, but knew I had to rise in 5 hours and be a responsible parent, so I split.

Watt saw me as I was leaving the lot and leaned over with his hand and gave me the Jamaican fist handshake of respect and said '69 eb0.

This morning I saw Sammy Hagars' video "I can't drive 55."

Monday, April 20, 2009

Dallas Guitar Festival...

We had a great time at the guitar show. Met lots of interested and interesting people, watched Rocky Athas play the JazzBlaster for a while, sold a classic Bell and saw 7 gadrillion guitars. Now that I can build anything I want, I don't have GAS for other stuff. Except for amps and pedals.

Darn Machines...

The CNC router is down and we had to send all the guts to the shop. The fixer-men said they would get to it asap, so that's good. I just have a feeling I'll be waiting another week or so to work, but I hope I'm wrong.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

April update

I thought we would be cutting wood and plex for the tele last Thursday, but had about 3 more hrs. of CAD work to do. SO, it's gonna be this Thursday for sure.

Here's a look at the proto body for the Ahu plexi model...