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I finished stripping down the Satellite bass and my boxes arrived. With the guitar in bits I played around holding the neck to the boxes trying to decide the best approach.
Before I saw the boxes I imagined I'd use whichever was the biggest, but once I saw them I changed my mind and decided to use the smallest.
I've a friend David who had mentioned before he had a surplus of hardwood in his garage workshop. I mentioned I was building a guitar and asked if he happened to have any 2 x 1 spare. He did, so I stuck my bits of guitar into a bag and headed up to show him what I needed. My best idea so far :)
He'd already pulled out some mahogany boards, so there were two 3ft lengths and a shorter piece waiting for me. He then kindly did most of the work on the short piece to turn it into the bits I needed for my build. He routered the slot for the box to sit on and cut and drilled the holes to fit the two pieces together and for fastening the neck. He even donated a bag of Cascamite glue and refused to even let me get him a six pack in payment. So I came away with the rough cuts for this build and two future necks. Thanks David :)
Here's what I've got so far. I need to go screw hunting next..
So I've gone for a behind the box approach with the tailpiece built up to be flush with the box. One of the nice things about my donor parts is that the bridge and pickup are both adjustable. I knew the bridge was, but I didn't know the pickups were height adjustable until I dismantled the guitar. It's really simply done, so here's a close up for adjustable ideas of your own - I know I've already been looking for knurled nuts for future builds as a couple of those, a couple of bolts and you've got an adjustable bridge :)
The bridge itself can be totally dismantled as it's just a threaded rod with the various bits screwed on. The pickup just has a couple of springs to make it adjustable, the tighter the screw, the higher the pickup gets. Simple but effective, just like cigar box guitars :)
I'm going to replace the rest of the electronics with new stuff. I'm going to experiment a bit first, but am seriously considering a switchable tone circuit with perhaps a diode based passive distortion as well.