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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Brag about your "parts" bass.

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Long Island City, NY

Oct 8th, 2016 05:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


Like your Tele. Reminds me a little of my Warmoth.

Warmoth Custom T

(This message was last edited by dg27 at 07:47 PM, Oct 8th, 2016)


Long Island City, NY

Oct 8th, 2016 05:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My '84 Fender Jazz Bass Special was one that I used for many years "as is" and then finally rebuilt. I grew to dislike the black hardware, so I opted for chrome Schallers and a Gotoh 201B bridge. I had it refretted and also swapped in SD Hot for P and J. I had a custom pickguard made from a template I drew. Pickguardian also made a matching plate for the (rear) control cavity. I never liked that this bass did not have a pickguard. I also abandoned the TBX circuit and went with a vol, blend, tone. Installed a football chrome side plate. It's like a completely different bass.

1984 Fender Jazz Bass Special

(This message was last edited by dg27 at 09:13 PM, Oct 8th, 2016)

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Vacaville CA

Runs with scissors !!
Oct 10th, 2016 10:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


(This message was last edited by kart24 at 12:21 AM, Oct 11th, 2016)

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Vacaville CA

Runs with scissors !!
Oct 10th, 2016 10:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This is my "Go-to" bass. I started with a P-bass body from Guitar Mill. It's pawlonia wood. Light like basal. Weighs 2.5 lbs. Surf Green is the color. White pickguard. S/D Qtr. Pounders. Aged all maple Jazz bass neck. Thomastik-Infeld JF344 Jazz Flats.

The amp is a newer Fender Bassman 500 played on the vintage channel thru a '66 Showman 2-15 cabinet with JBL D130's. This not the "rumble version"
Update: I've now replace the S/D qtr pounder pickup with a mudbucker from a '73 EBO. I'm loving the old school deep bass sound.

I've been using this gig now for about 2 years. Prior this this I used a '66 Dual Showman head modded for a true line out jack.

(This message was last edited by kart24 at 04:06 PM, Apr 16th, 2018)


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Oct 11th, 2016 10:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There's a whole bunch of basses on this thread I would love to try on the gig.

For sure.


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Oct 11th, 2016 07:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well kart24 that was a let down. Deleted before I got to see it. Crud

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Suburban MD.

Are your prayer beads maple or rosewood?
Oct 12th, 2016 06:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Warmoth doubleneck bass and guitar. I'm going to bring to band practice tonight because I haven't played it in a while!
Looks like one of those Fender all black MIJ specials, but it's not! Warmoth body, MIJ necks, Kahler and Duncan QP's on the guitar side; Badass bridge and Duncan QP P-Bass with Duncan Active jazz pickup. Plus LED lights to indicate which neck is 'live'. (Logo's were blacked out because I sent picture to Warmoth!)
I'm scared to weigh it! I can generally play it for about 7-8 songs before I cry "uncle"!

Custom doubleneck

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Chico CA

If you rest, you rust.
Oct 12th, 2016 11:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I put up a photo in my profile of my basses which shows the fretless I referenced in my earlier post above...take a gander.

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Oct 14th, 2016 12:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My first parts bass. It started as a 2001 MIM Jazz. Swapped out the wine red body with a 3 tone lacquer sunburst 60's RI, installed a shell pickguard, Seymour Duncan Apollo pickups, Gotoh 201 bridge and a fresh set of Rotosound 66's. I tried to add a couple of coats of Stew Mac amber lacquer over the headstock, turned into a disaster. When I tried to remove it off came the decal. So I got a repro and a can of clear Stew Mac. Just finished it up today and I'm really digging it.

Crappy pic


Long Island City, NY

Oct 14th, 2016 06:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Look great!



Oct 19th, 2016 12:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Aboout 14 years ago I bought a 78 P bass neck off of ebay for about $100. Probably one of the first things I bought off ebay, and I paid with mailed postal money order. When it showed up it was spotless, had the tuners, and of course it was an 82. So I emailed the guy about the rest of the bass, as he was parting it out. I bought the body and bridge off him for another $100. The pickguard and electronics had been a DiMarzio-ized disaster,and about the only thing left original was the ground wire that went to the screw lug that the the P Bass Special routing had at that time. So I bought a used white guard, new knobs and pots, and a set of who knows P pups with white covers. Now I have a pretty clean 82 P that set me back about $350ish total. And its real hard to tell what is not original.

L. Nedmundo


Oct 26th, 2016 01:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For a couple of years I had a cool project fretless Precision made of:

MIM Midnight Wine Precision body
MIM fretless Jazz neck with MIM Fender hardware
Gotoh 201 bridge
Am. Series Fender Precision pickup (from my 2004 P)
White pickguard, knurled chrome knobs
Series/parallel switch

It was great, but after experimenting with fretless for awhile I found I didn't use it much, so I sold off some pieces. I still have the body, bridge, and some hardware, which might spawn another project. I'm thinking black pickguard, J neck with maple board, and maybe a Lace Man O' War pickup.


Oct 27th, 2016 12:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My next parts bass will be a P Special project. I have always loved the 1980-82 Precision Special basses, the first active circuitry basses from Fender, but most if not all of them are extra heavy. 11, 12, sometimes 13lbs. The pickups are standard P only with white covers.

So years ago I bought off eBay a NOS P Special harness - PCB including pots, switch, jack. I need a good *light weight* P body that I can rout under the pickguard for the 3rd pot and battery compartment, and I'll have the best of both worlds.

That's the plan... when building a parts bass like that, I can choose a light body with generous belly and forearm cuts, a neck that I like, and I'll use a spare 70's grey bobbin P pickup (I buy them off eBay every time I find one for $200 or less).

(This message was last edited by ilan at 02:47 AM, Oct 27th, 2016)


Forgive your enemies

but never forget their names
Nov 8th, 2016 10:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't know if it would qualify as a true "parts bass" but my '63 Jazz is kind of a hybrid. The body (refinished sometime in the early '70s) along with pickups, bridge, wiring, etc is all original to this bass that was a candy red at its birth (I played it before the refinish). The neck on the bass when I finally purchased it around '75 or so was a '61 Precision (the original neck became a fretless on someone else's parts bass). That P neck found its way to a '61 P that I restored so my Jazz ended up with a Might Mite neck.

I played the Jazz bass as my main axe until purchasing a MM Stingray 5 around '89 or so (playing Lakland since '99) and it has spent the time since sitting in the case in a closet with worn out frets due to many jobs played with RotoSound strings (think it was re-fretted once along the way).

Well, I just had the ol' Jazz re-fretted again and I'm really enjoying the sound of the old girl with a fresh set of RotoSounds on it. I may gig with it again.



Nov 12th, 2016 08:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, its been years since I've posted on FDP. I used to have a call-sign of Contrapuntal but apparently it was attached to a now extinct email address and I've had to re-register.

George, I'm the fellow in Toronto who bought your Fullerton-era Fiesta Red AV P-Bass. So, so, so sadly...I let someone convince me to sell it to them while I was swamped in basses. Yet another of my regretted sales.

Anyhoo...just to say, I've recently bought from Stratosphere an AV 58P body w/gold guard and an AV 63P neck which when combined, hopefully, will equal that NOS CS 59 PBass I also once owned and sold, stupidly.

Nice to see you're still posting here George!



Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Nov 13th, 2016 06:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am "still" posting but I also just recently returned to the FDP and am glad to be back.

Ah yes, that Fiesta Red P-bass. I still have some studio recordings of that bass and to this day that remains one of the best-sounding basses I have ever owned. Like you, I wish I still had it.


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California Escapee

Don't look at me with that tone of voice
Nov 15th, 2016 10:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've assembled a number of parts basses over the years, all Fender Precision or Jazz bass replicas. Most of the time I'd use actual Fender parts, including bodies and/or necks, depending on what was available in the marketplace at a good price, or what era or cosmetics I might have been going for. All of them, though, were based on 50's or 60's instruments, except one.

My very first parts bass (built maybe 15 or more years ago) was actually a '75 style Jazz Bass. I had it in my mind I wanted Mary Kaye cosmetics (white blonde finished ash body with gold hardware), but went with a black pickguard ala the 75's.

Tommy Rosamond of USACG made the lightweight swamp ash body for me, and Ty Carpenter did the finish.

The neck is by ALLPARTS, vintage spec (small frets, 7.25" radius), with white binding and black blocks. The vintage tint nearly conceals the binding at first look.

All of the gold hardware is Fender USA vintage reissue (except for that gold finger rest you see in the case pocket).

The decal is not correct for the era, of course, but it was the one I ended up with for this project so on it went. You may note that it is, in fact, the very first version ever for a production Jazz Bass back in 1960 (see the "Pat Pend" in the decal picture).

The pickups set is "Fender USA Custom Shop 60's Jazz Bass." The case is from Albert Molinaro.

You can see some lousy pictures here...


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Nov 16th, 2016 05:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


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Nov 16th, 2016 01:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very nice BobbyMac!


Takoma Park Maryland

back on the bottom again
Nov 28th, 2016 03:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've also been away from FDP for a while - being more active on a banjo site.

Anyway, both of my P-basses are parts basses to some extent - either because missing, non-working or after-market parts needed to be replaced (main player) or I just wanted something different (bass 2).

My main player is at its core a 72 P-bass with a factory-original A-width neck. I bought it on eBay in 2007. The auction and my purchase were followed here at the time and I posted pics after the bass arrived.

As I received it, the body had been poorly refinished black (and was pretty scuffed up). It had the original tort guard (shrunk), tailpiece (except for one or two bridge screws), and partially original set of tuners. I think one tuner was a replacement and another had an after-market replacement post. It was missing both control knobs, the tone pot did not work, and there was a white DiMarzio pickup (common upgrade in the 70s). The neck showed typical signs of a road warrior. It had a plastic nut not even glued in.

I stripped off the black down to the sealer and refinished the body in a sprayed on transparent dark red mahogany, clear-coated in wipe-on poly. I replaced most missing or non-working pieces with period-correct replacements: pots, tuners, pickup (which I had rewound by Lindy Fralin because it was non-working when I bought it). I can't remember if the knobs are from the 70s or if I bought new ones. I replaced the bridge screws with new stainless steel ones from the hardware store. I took it to a guitar tech to have the frets dressed, nut replaced and neck dings drop-filled.

My other bass started life as a stock 95 American Standard, with a replacement tort guard and the original white one in the case. I've turned it into a parts bass by replacing the neck with a late 70s P neck (with rosewood board and skunk stripe), late 70s tuners, Fender 60s reissue pickup, and replacement bridge saddles (because the strings rode too high on the stock threaded saddles). I sold the neck with the stock clamshell tuners, so I couldn't put this one back to stock even if wanted to.

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