67? EB0 Rebuild (Maybe as a Fool Bass)

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  1. axmaker

    axmaker Member

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    I had bought this body off ebay for $30ish a couple of years ago, and forgot about it. I was cleaning my shop a week ago and found it under my air compressor. I was going to glue a new center in it to make a 12 string melody maker (the reason for buying it) but I bid and won a real one seen elsewhere in this forum. I've decided to somewhat restore it to original, and maybe my own version of a fool style bass.

    Here's the body (can anyone verify the year? It has the big control cavity route, and bridge posts are for the non-adjusable one piece.)
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    I'm going to make my own bridge for it. Going to copy the bridge off a 61 EB0F (fuzztone):
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    First thing to do is repair the neck socket before I build a neck for it. there was all kind of shoddy repair glue. I rerouted and glued in a new block:
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    Subscribed. This is gonna be cool! 8)
     
  3. axmaker

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    Body ready for new mortise:
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    I think this was actually an EB3 because the extra Vol/Tone controls look factory.

    Started on the neck truss rod cavity:
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    Butchered pickup hole filled. The strat tremolo jig made it easy to square up...
     
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    [quote author=axmaker link=topic=20338.msg245755#msg245755 date=1265227596]
    New Development. Just won this item off ebay. Looks like the neck tenon will have to be repaired, but I think it will work.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260543000196
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    Nice grab !
    I replied to your message Russ, hope it helps !
     
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    The body looks earlier than '67 to me. Very close to my (assumed) '65 Custom. May even be earlier than that. Looking forward to seeing how this progresses. :)
     
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    [quote author=javamagic link=topic=20338.msg245765#msg245765 date=1265231706]
    The body looks earlier than '67 to me. Very close to my (assumed) '65 Custom. May even be earlier than that. Looking forward to seeing how this progresses. :)
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    yeah, it's looking '65 EB3 to me too, I'm going to restore it as an EB0 I think. Thanks Java


    (Lou, got your pm, I may call you if i have a problem with the paint #, thanks)
     
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    [quote author=axmaker link=topic=20338.msg245755#msg245755 date=1265227596]
    New Development. Just won this item off ebay. Looks like the neck tenon will have to be repaired, but I think it will work.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260543000196
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    ran the serial # on the neck:

    [size=10pt][size=10pt]Guitar Info[/size][/size]
    Your guitar was made at the
    Kalamazoo Plant, USA
    approximately in: 1967
     
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    Re: 67 EB0 Rebuild (Maybe as a Fool Bass)

    More Body repair;

    Cracks in the sides by the control cavity:
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    Splines installed:
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    Some bondo that was installed by others earlier. Bondo removed, and wood glued in:
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    Progress on bridge. Plate cut out. Just need to weld on some 5/8" rod, cut in half, and ground a 16" over radius:
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  11. axmaker

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    Got a pickup off ebay

    I just got this pup off ebay. The coils check out okay, but I think I'm going to rewind them anyway. Plus I'll wax pot them under a vaccum. I have an extra pup (pictured) for parts if needed.
    [img width=1024 height=308]http://cudney.net/EB0-rebuild/pickup.JPG[/img]



    Here's a pic I found on one of the bass forums. kinda funny:
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    Nice work so far, I'm impressed with the repro bridge. I still like the EB3 but even if you go the EB0 route, that is a fine salvage job.
     
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    Did a little work on the neck. The black paint was chipping off on it's own, so just clearing it was not an option. Sanded it down to the holly, and protected with a coat of sealer.
     
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    AX, you got some updates for this EB3?..........
     
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    [quote author=sg64gibson link=topic=20338.msg248173#msg248173 date=1272072689]
    AX, you got some updates for this EB3?..........
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    I'm in Panama right now. I go home on Sunday. Should be able to work on it next week....
     
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    Hey Russ,
    Any progress?
     
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    how did I miss this one? I am really looking forward to seeing how this turns out. I always liked the EB series basses.
     
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    Sooo interested in any progress........
     
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    Have been swamped with the day job, so many fire stations, so little time. I did pick up a 69 EB3L recently. It will get the psychedelic paint job, leaving this one for sparkling burgundy or pelham blue....
     
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    Delays....

    I gotta get working on this one again...:wave:
     

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