My first BK-40 build

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My first BK-40 build

Postby roncarr » Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:24 am

This is BK-40 that I finished in late October of 2013. Options ordered were the swamp ash body, SB-style headstock, stainless steel medium jumbo frets, maple finger board , active electronics and black hardware. The body was grain filled with 50/50 mixture of ash & mahogany filler from Stew-Mac.
I put down about 10 coats of Birchwood-Casey Tru-oil. After that set up I then decided to spray it with about six coats of satin finish Deft nito-cellulose laquer. Buffed it out with 000 steel wool and 3M Scotch Brite white pads. It came out better than I could ever imagine. The thing that gave me the biggest headache was getting my headstock decal buried. Image
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re: My first BK-40 build

Postby Catman10 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:17 am

Ow, wow! Nice job. That came out looking great. I'm afraid if I tried something like that that it would come out rather "rough".

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re: My first BK-40 build

Postby Praiser » Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:33 pm

Yes indeed...that looks like a factory built bass.
Really nice work and congrats!

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re: My first BK-40 build

Postby Sully » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:27 pm

That grain has a lot of character. Love the natural finish. :applause:
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re: My first BK-40 build

Postby gumbynotpokey » Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:21 am

Beautiful!
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re: My first BK-40 build

Postby Coda » Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:36 am

Sweet, and great job!
Can you tell us what the headstock says?
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re: My first BK-40 build

Postby roncarr » Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:20 am

@ Coda, It says "Carr-Tunes" It's kind of a a play of words on my last name which the first four letters are "Carr" and Carvin. As i mentioned in my original post that's what gave me the most grief...getting the decal buried.



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re: My first BK-40 build

Postby Jesus_Freak » Wed Apr 02, 2014 5:43 am

That looks awesome.....Tru-oil is great stuff.!!!!

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re: My first BK-40 build

Postby tipover » Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:42 am

Nice!
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re: My first BK-40 build

Postby MichaelGA » Sat Dec 05, 2015 8:08 am

That's a beautiful finish! I was thinking of something along those lines as well, but my bass is coming with an alder body. That swamp ash grain looks great! I'm curious to see what the alder grain looks like. I've seen YouTube videos on filling in the grain to enhance it, is it difficult to do?

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Re: re: My first BK-40 build

Postby Coda » Sat Dec 05, 2015 9:01 am

roncarr wrote:@ Coda, It says "Carr-Tunes" It's kind of a a play of words on my last name which the first four letters are "Carr" and Carvin. As i mentioned in my original post that's what gave me the most grief...getting the decal buried.

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Very creative! (as i act like 21 months hasn't passed since your prompt reply... :roll: )

I hope she's still treating you well!
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Re: My first BK-40 build

Postby roncarr » Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:56 pm

Still loving this bass!

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Re: My first BK-40 build

Postby skully13a » Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:06 pm

This one showed up on the scene before I did. Still, I'm glad It returned, so's I could groove upon its glory.
That came out great! Gotta love those kits! :applause: :applause:
And you're still loving it(of course, how could you NOT?) :wink:
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