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edmonstg



Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Sep 28th, 2016 09:57 AM        

I've been a huge fan of "parts" basses for many years. <br /> <br /> A neck from this, a body from that, throw in some pickups, Gumbo bass.<br /> <br /> Sometimes things just work best when they're with something else.<br /> <br /> My current squeeze is a 2014 Road Worn two-tone P-bass body paired with a 1968 P-bass B-width neck, a 1960 tort guard, knobs from a 72 P, a reliced Fender bridge from Tricked Out Guitar (TOG), and pickups with raised-A poles from Fender's Original 58 Vintage Series.<br /> <br /> What about yours?<br /> <br /> George



Bubbalou

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Sep 28th, 2016 11:41 AM        

2012 ESP LTD B-5 Loved the body and neck played like a dream. Hated everything else. I high speed buffed the flat finish to a luster. Left the back of the neck satin. It had Smokey chrome hardware and the tone was too aggressive for me. Put 22:1 chrome tuners, Chrome Bridge I had to order from The UK, put Lace Alumitone soapbar pickups, Bartolini 3 band preamp. Ebony knobs. 2 mini toggle switches (1 for single/ dual coil and the other for parallel/ series pickup switching. Separate passive tone control that has push/push switch for true bypass. Master Volume and pickup blend are wired so the work in passive or active mode. I use DR Silver Star thin coated nickel rounds on this bass. The Alumitone pickups are clean clear bold and articulate sounding and nearly same output level in passive mode as the Active Preamp mode. <br /> <br /> Also run this on 18 volt D.C. From external box I built using a a Mogami Stereo cable I built up . It is dead quiet in all modes including single coil. Love this bass as it is exactly the way I wanted it and more. I have small hands and it is the easiest <br /> 5 string I have played.<br />



edmonstg



Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Sep 28th, 2016 02:16 PM        

Lou:<br /> <br /> WOW!<br /> <br /> George gives the "not worthy" bow.<br /> <br /> George



Bubbalou

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Sep 28th, 2016 06:11 PM        

George, this was a 2 year labor of love. I am glad I love it because as you and I know I will never get even 1/2 of what I spent. I knew that going in and a part here a part there made it doable. If I am playing out where I need a lot of drive and good tone at higher volumes I would go with this. Many times I enjoy my 4 banger Fenders. Passive Fenders just a sweetness about them I love. You parts bass sounds like you put some thought and TLC in that bass. My hat goes off to you sir. <br /> <br /> There is a photo of me and this bass in my profile. Not a good photo though



dg27



Long Island City, NY

Sep 28th, 2016 06:48 PM        

George,<br /> <br /> I think you're about to cost me some cash. I've had an '87 MIJ Fender Squier Jazz since 2003 with SD QPs and a Gotoh 201 bridge. But the trouble started when I paired a 2015 '62 RI MIM Fender Jazz neck with a 2012 NOS MIM Fender Jazz body, vintage Fender bent metals bridge and DM Model J pickups. I have posted pics of that here before.<br /> <br /> I have become obsessed with getting another '62 RI neck for the Squier. But I don't know if that would be sacrilegious.



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Sep 28th, 2016 07:11 PM        

I've done a couple in the last few months. The first was the Squier Bronco that ambushed me at GC. New tuners, Mustang bridge, pots, cap, treble bleed, and the BiSonic pickup.<br /> <br /> Then the eBay tele P, cedar body, 30" scale fretless rosewood neck, scatter wound '51 single coil P bass pickup, decent tuners, bridge I took off the bronco, it will eventually be replaced, made the vintage cream pickgurd, funky sea foam green rattle can paint. I've gotten way more compliments on this bass than it deserves. It has a good sound but it really cuts through the mix both at rehearsal and when we play out.



edmonstg



Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Sep 28th, 2016 07:12 PM        

I wouldn't turn an old Pre-CBS Fender or other vintage collectible into parts to make a new bass but there's still an awful lot left that's fair game.<br /> <br /> Doesn't sound sacrilegious to me. Go for it. Make music.<br /> <br /> George



Russ Imburgia



USA/OH

Sep 29th, 2016 09:06 AM        

Squier by Fender 2004 Standard Jazz Bass<br /> Body and Pickguard are only original pieces<br /> Neck replaced by AllParts maple with black block inlays<br /> Reverse 70's Tuners <br /> Nordstrum Noiseless Pickups <br /> Schaller Straplocks <br /> Added Tug bar<br /> Heavy duty bridge<br /> Replaced control plate, pots, cap, and jack with US parts<br /> Nut cut and setup by pro<br /> Strings LaBella Black Nylon Tape Wound (now D'Addario Chromes)<br /> Best JB ever since I started playing them in 1965<br />



edmonstg



Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Sep 29th, 2016 09:51 AM        

To Lou's comment about Fender's passive sweetness, I totally agree. <br /> <br /> Now that I'm in my later years and still playing, I have decided to stay strictly with old school Fender Precisions. <br /> <br /> I rotate three of these, with an original 58 P as my main bass. I'm going out the way I came in.<br /> <br /> George



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Sep 29th, 2016 10:30 AM        

George, I can only imagine how sweet that 58P is.<br /> If you get a chance email me a photo of your basses Please



dg27



Long Island City, NY

Sep 29th, 2016 03:12 PM        

Above I said that I have become obsessed with getting another (MIM) '62 RI neck for my (MIJ) '87 Squier.<br /> <br /> I wonder whether there would be issues with fit: whether an MIJ body would play nice with an MIM neck.<br /> <br /> I've fallen in love with vintage frets...



Rick Knight

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Sep 30th, 2016 07:37 AM        

I really like my Precision with an old MIJ body, a counter sunk original Badass bridge, a 2000 MIM J neck and a Bartolini 8S. I’ve tried other pickups in that body and that pickup in other bodies, but never liked any combination as well as this.<br /> <br /> I don’t know if a build project using new parts qualifies for this thread, but my current #1 is a Warmoth SSB P/J body with a 32” Warhead neck, a Di Marzio Area P, a Fender Super 55 and a Badass II. <br />



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Sep 30th, 2016 09:16 AM        

I built this a few years ago for about $100. I bought 4 Silvertone bodies on ebay for $25...shipping included...two Strat and two P bodies. The P bodies are extremely lightweight. <br /> <br /> $14 MM pickup with Stingray specs. OLP type bridge and control panel. I built a 2 band MM preamp. I cut the pickguard. The neck was a used Eden for $35. I rolled the edges and dressed the frets. The third control is a DIY Tonestyler passive tone. <br /> <br /> The paint was closeout from Walmart. The headstock is matching. <br /> <br /> This turned out to be a fantastic bass. When my main bass, a Line 6 Variax 5 was down for a year after being busted up in a truck accident, I happily played this. <br /> <br /> I've played Music Man Stingray 5's. This does what they do. <br /> <br /> I had a three band, with mid freq control preamp in it for a couple years which was great. I then built the MM preamp. I like it even better, so much so that there's one in my Steinberger Spirit.



Bubbalou

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Sep 30th, 2016 10:25 AM        

Steve, wow, that is nice. Cannot get over how well the finish came out using spray paint from Walmart. In building the preamp did you have to put certain components in a particular position on the board or shield it in any way to get low noise?<br /> That is the best $100 bass I have seen. Heck it would have been good for $400-$500 even.<br /> <br /> Rick Knight, isn't that interesting a pickup will work on one bass but not well on another due to type of wood etc? I had a Fender Japan 51P reissue I put an SCPB-3 in and it sounded killer but when I tried it in a Squier Classic Vibe 50's P bass it sounded horrible.



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Sep 30th, 2016 10:39 AM        

I'm in the process of my first. MIM Jazz, New body enroute, New pickups. In a moment of boredom while waiting I decided to try some Stew Mac amber/clear lacquer over the headstock. Bad things happened. Headstock sanded back to wood.



rc

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US

Sep 30th, 2016 02:43 PM        

these:<br /> <br /> Warmouth ash body dyed black, pickguard from a 78 P, MIJ Jazz neck, G&L LB-100 pickup<br /> <br /> Squier Bronco with homemade pearl pickguard, Duncan Cool Rails pickup, Tele knobs, amber shellac on the neck<br /> <br /> Highway One first generation P body, pickup/knobs/ashtray/bridge from a '78 P, Bullet deluxe neck<br /> <br />



Bubbalou

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Sep 30th, 2016 06:41 PM        

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



ilan



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Oct 1st, 2016 04:38 AM        

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



edmonstg



Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Oct 1st, 2016 06:23 AM        

There's some amazing creations being talked about and shown here. <br /> <br /> George



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Oct 1st, 2016 12:02 PM        

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.



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