A slight bend is OK, but a severe bend can lead to trouble. And Jerome has offered to field a phone call from Mark, if needed. Yes I’ve heard of it but have not looked at it mseylf, my German is not good. Twisted board with fanned frets. A slight bend is OK, but a severe bend can lead to trouble. Congrats, Jerome Little! Just like the multi scale bass I believe a lot of could benefit from this design but quite a bit cannot afford a custom made bass guuitar. I have taken it to a local luthier (Mark Brown, in Campbell, CA0, and he has no problem working on it, when needed. The neck blank sat on a table which could be raised incrementally for successive passes of the cutter. The neck simply would not straighten out, no matter what we did with the truss rod – even with the truss rod completely loose, the neck had a severe back bow. I’ve been building custom orders for several years now–4 string, 5 string, headless, fretless, carbon fiber–you name it! To untwist your neck, simply tighten the truss rod. Don’t get me wrong balance is important for sure but is a balancing point is very personal to an individual. Holmes seems to have used Kfcrzinger as a major resource so I have assumed that Holmes gave all the fragments that Kfcrzinger did. He was always very passionate about this. How do you go about it? But as far as repairs go, I see your point. Thanks for the note. I hope he considers allowing his patent to expire some day after he retires or makes enough dough to live comfortably. Jerome makes beautiful, very, very playable instruments. The idea came about as a way to address the potentially disastrous consequences of repetitive strain injuries, which typically manifest as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Tendonitis. I could see me playing this kind of bass because I do feel the pressure on my wrist using the standard fret broad. After some time he emerges…with two black eyes This is what the strings are doing, and the fretboard follows that geometry such that the playing action is the same as a regular bass, and the relief is adjustable with a truss rod, just as on a regular bass. It’s interesting, but looks like a lot of gimmick not to mention a lot of getting used to for whoever plays it. This way I got jaw dropping shots of my amazing fiance! This week we took in a 1960’s Fender P-Bass for a refret that had a severely warped neck. This means that you will have to take your face plate off. Keep up the great work! This radiusing on the top and back is done with a router and fixture. The Audere also comes with an LED battery indicator, which is a welcomed feature. That book made me howl a few times. If you haven’t heard of the Torzal twist before, it’s something I’ve been quietly working on for the last 15 years or so. To keep the weight down and add some roundness and punch to the tone, it has a light weight spalted maple core, and a thin flamed maple back. I also foresee for anyone who purchases one of these twisted necked basses many problems in the future with fret buzzing and getting a reputable guitar tech to do any sort of neck/fret work. These days I have a buddy with a vertical mill CNC machine which creates the perfect geometry with much less labor than my old fixture. There have not been, as yet, any laugh-out-loud bits, but the ovalrel feel of the book is lighthearted and funny and, as such, is doing the trick.I can’t get through ANY Bill Bryson books without laughing out loud. They’re pterty simple though it’s mostly a matter of gluing everything together, waiting for it to cure, then sticking the lights in the back. Go to Google Images and find pictures of Marcus Miller, and look where he has his bass. I constantly feel the pressure in my wrists. You know what? I got rid of everyone of them. Wow! Who knew!!! The necks are adjustable by truss rod just like any other bass. I came up with a method for cutting the fret slots using my existing fret slot templates and a pair of saw guides which index on the templates. If someone came into my shop looking for any sort of repair done to it I’d have to respectfully decline. We are looking for guest blog posts. This fanned fret 4-string is based on my Torzal “Standard” model, which is a neck-through construction with a 35° twist in the neck. The girl seems so awesome, she really makes it all! In November 1996, Jerome displayed the Torzal at the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of American History. I wanna try one of those but alas,I fall into that “cant afford one”cateragory. Also balance is an arbitrary thing, notice the angle the bass is “balanced” at, this bass will only balance if that’s the exact angle you use in your playing position. If you’re having trouble picturing how it works try a quick model, like holding four pencils together in the same plane, then rotating the ends together but in opposite directions to create a twist. I think where you position your bass is the critical factor in avoiding carpal tunnel problems. Check out more of his work at Little Guitar Works, Bass of the Week: Rob’s Left-handed Warmoth Build, ’60s era-correct NP4v pickup from Nordstrand. I need some humor in my life, so I picked up Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. I have a bass with a twisted neck made by Jerome, and it really doesn’t take any adjustment to get used to, even less so than a fan-fret instrument. I was bouncing up and down on my hlloow skull like a pogo stick at the beginning, dont ask me how I do this, it just happens, Im going to talk to a bishop next month about it, but anyway, after registering the song through once, I was convinced it was a boring reel, but it had a great ending, then something must have snapped in my mind, to the gnut of a broken box, and I began to think of the song as a whole, would the end be as astounding as it was if you didnt build it up in the way that you did? Im not like a big fan of the guy and wouldnt even know who he is but a friend of mine gave me a book of his to read some years ago (I dont even remember the name of it) and he told a story about his brother having a black eye and borrowing his sisters make-up kit and going into the bathroom. Anyway,as much as he’s put into this he definitely deserves to reap the rewards,which I believe isnt strictly monetay for Jerome. ,.. Just remember when you’re “reading” the neck, take it string by string. I wish I can try this one out. I can understand it would seem intimidating at first, but they really function like any other bass. Genius Work!! Once the neck blank is cut, I route and install the truss rod, profile the neck, and glue on the fingerboard in two laminated pieces (so it will bend more easily). In the “old days” I cut the twist in the neck blank using a machine I built which consisted of carriage with a jointer cutter head powered by a skill saw motor which traversed on rails set to the desired twist and in proportion to the taper of the string spacing. I build straight basses too. Ideally you want the center of your bass right at your navel, with the neck angled at anywhere from 30 to 45 degrees. had I inherited a little brain damage?.. If your neck hasn’t completely aligned yet, simply continue tightening and checking. Here’s the fretboard against a … Ways to Fix a Warped And Twisted Neck On most bass guitars, the truss rod will be behind a plastic cover on the neck, just behind the nut. From the “zero” plane of the body, that total twist consists of 20° downward rotation at the nut and 15° upward rotation at the bridge. Worse comes to worst, I’ll send it back to Jerome for a tune-up. Check out more of his work at Little Guitar Works, Want to share your bass work, custom builds, or tips and tricks with the eBass community?