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rc
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Sep 30th, 2016 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

these:

Warmouth ash body dyed black, pickguard from a 78 P, MIJ Jazz neck, G&L LB-100 pickup

Squier Bronco with homemade pearl pickguard, Duncan Cool Rails pickup, Tele knobs, amber shellac on the neck

Highway One first generation P body, pickup/knobs/ashtray/bridge from a '78 P, Bullet deluxe neck

parts basses

Bubbalou
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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Sep 30th, 2016 06:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That is an interesting twist on use of Black with wood grain showing. Good job. My favorite is the one on the right.

ilan

127.0.0.1

Oct 1st, 2016 04:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

70-71 body, 75 neck, 76 pickup, 65 pickguard, 70s chrome covers w/over-string foam mute.

My 70s parts P bass

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Oct 1st, 2016 06:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There's some amazing creations being talked about and shown here.

George

rc
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Oct 1st, 2016 12:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

this was another Highway 1 parts project. sure were a lot of those parted out back in the day. anyway, this one had a later version of the blonde, Jazz neck, Bartolini pickup and mint pickguard. nice player that got stolen along with an Epi Sheraton I was kind of fond of.

hwy 1 project

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Oct 1st, 2016 12:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Back in the late 90's I had a local luthier craft an exact replica of the neck on my 66 pbass, only without frets. It was a 'C' size with an ebony fingerboard. I then swapped it in and out with a 76 pbass I had at the time. Eventually I realized I had enough spare parts laying around to put together a complete bass with this neck, minus a body. So I bought a swamp ash jazz body, finished it in tung oil and assembled the whole kit and kaboodle. Ended up with a very nice fretless jazz, but alas, no pics!

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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Oct 2nd, 2016 08:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ilan, your 70s parts bass reminded me of the 64 P I once had with the exception mine had a maple neck/ fretboard . Cool bass.

I sat down last night and played my EXP B5 yesterday depending on the setting (i.e. Each pickups wired Dual coils wired in series and each pickup in series has really deep but clear and articulate tone plus eq) I will admit playing 4 bangers spoils you and I will have to play it a while to get really comfortable with the feel of playing a 5'r.

Full shot

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Steve Dallman
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Age is just a number...mine is big
Oct 2nd, 2016 06:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bubbaloo, I built the preamp on a perf board. It's not large and fit into the cavity fine. The cavity and pickup cavity are shielded with copper. I had a series/parallel switch on the control plate. Since I put the jack on the side of the bass, I had an empty hole. I didn't like series, so I put in a 6 position rotary switch with small caps on...a 6 position tone styler if you will.

The bass is quiet. I usually run the bass up (it's boost only) and adjust the treble or tone styler to taste...usually treble up, tone styler down to .0047 or .0033uF. It takes off the high treble and moves the resonant peak into the high midrange.

There are MM Stingray DIY plans all over the internet. When I ordered the "odd" control (a reverse taper) and the low current op amp I ordered a bunch. It's my favorite preamp. With some pickups, a buffer is needed between the pickup and preamp. A MM pickup is two 2k coils in paralled...1k total, and the preamp does not have a very high impedance input.

Leo's intention was a bass with a preamp that still sounded like a passive bass. Bass boost is needed due to the position of the pickup. Treble is boost and cut, but over a wide range and the Q is shallow.

Bubbalou
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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Oct 2nd, 2016 09:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Steve. Which OPAMP did you go with?

ilan

127.0.0.1

Oct 3rd, 2016 04:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And here she is when she still had a Fender reissue tort guard, before I installed the '65 guard.

This bass is truly magical. With Ernie Ball flats, it sounds and plays like a dream. The only part I regret are the Wilkinson tuners. I'll replace them when I find a decently priced 70's Fender set.

70s parts bass

Te 52

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Oct 3rd, 2016 05:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's my lined fretless conversion (link). Started life as a wine body/maple neck MIM P. Swapped the neck for a MIM rosewood. Pulled the frets and inlaid the slots with ivory strips salvaged from old piano keys. Plugged the large dot inlays with rosewood plugs and inlaid tiny MOP dots to maintain the austere fretless look. Went with all black hardware including a single-ply matte black pickguard, black eBay tuners, Hipshot black aluminum bridge, skirted black amp knobs, and miscellaneous other black bits

Strung with LaBella flats, it's a very nice-sounding and easy-playing fretless.

clickage

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 07:22 PM, Oct 3rd, 2016)

ilan

127.0.0.1

Oct 4th, 2016 02:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Essentially all Fenders are parts basses. A given neck was not made for a given body. If you build a bass with period-correct parts, I don't see how it differs from an all original Fender.

Take for example my '77 Jazz. The original body was stripped and then painted with some weird tribal theme rattle can job by a previous owner. I could have restored the body but instead replaced it with a '75 body still with its original finish. I think that now it's more an "original" bass than if I had the original body refinished. The '75 body is also lighter and has more generous forearm and belly cuts, which I prefer. Awesome bass. So it's a "parts guitar"... so is Clapton's Blackie, assembled from the best parts from 3 different Strats.

77/75 Jazz - click for a full-size image

(This message was last edited by ilan at 04:24 AM, Oct 4th, 2016)

ilan

127.0.0.1

Oct 4th, 2016 02:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here is another "parts bass", my '73 Rickenbacker 4001. I installed a new nut, had a new pickguard made, NOS truss rods, reissue toaster and horseshoe pickups (still have the original high-gain, rewound), new wiring harness, new knobs, replacement Ric-stamped tuning pegs, oversized strap buttons, even a new complete screw set to replace the rusted screws. Only the neck/body, name plate, bridge/tailpiece, and numbered jack plate are original. So, parts bass or restored?

73 Ric

(This message was last edited by ilan at 05:07 AM, Oct 4th, 2016)

Steve Dallman
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Age is just a number...mine is big
Oct 4th, 2016 07:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bubbaloo...LM4250 Very low current draw (44uA). In fact, the first year, MM didn't even put a switch on the jack. The battery was on all the time. Even with the preamp on all the time, battery life was well over a year.

dg27

Long Island City, NY

Oct 4th, 2016 03:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am very glad to see ilan's modified Rick.

I bought my '76 4001S new "off the rack" on W48th in New York (aka Music Row). Although I used it as my primary bass for several years (till I got my '76 P), there were always major things that bothered me about it from an ergonomic standpoint. I hate switches in general and when I modified it in 2003 I had a blend pot installed and rewired for blend, vol, tone. I like simple. I had Pickguardian replace the pickguard and create a custom plate to go around the bridge pickup. I installed SD pickups and Seymour himself cut a custom chrome cover for the bridge pickup.

At the time I posted pictures on a Rickenbacker forum and was nearly crucified. I bought it new and will never sell it (I've never sold a bass), so I didn't see the harm. But the Rick fans thought otherwise.

The day I bought it I almost bought a '72 Fender Tele (plank) bass from a store directly across the street, but was talked out of it by my high school friend. I have regretted it ever since.

Modifed '76 Rick

Bubbalou
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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Oct 5th, 2016 05:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Steve!

Bubbalou
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Oct 5th, 2016 09:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sorry, I was not happy with the photo in the previous post. Here is a better photo. Also forgot to add that I installed a Blue Super bright L.E.D. On the end of the bass near the Output Jack to show when Active mode is Enabled. I was able to get it to illuminate sufficiently with as little as 1.5 ma

ESP LTD B-5E Modified Bass (Body shot)

(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 11:11 AM, Oct 5th, 2016)

Bubbalou
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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Oct 6th, 2016 07:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

TE 52, Just saw your bass. That is a stunning color and nice rosewood. Absolutely love it

Te 52

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Oct 7th, 2016 10:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks! It was one of those offhand projects that turned out to be a lifetime keeper.

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Oct 8th, 2016 01:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Photo of the bass mentioned on my earlier post.

re-sized for the FDP

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