|unclebass ||09-11-2013 12:35 PM |
parts information please...
I am helping someone to fix up a precision bass that he bought on craigslist. For $50, he got an epiphone bass and case. After majorly adjusting the truss rod to straighten the neck, it only needs the following parts. It needs new pickup screws and the padding that keeps the pickups pushed toward strings. Is this something that is typically available at a local music store? We are fixing up to give to someone young who is wanting to learn the bass. If anyone has any suggestions other than buying from music store, I am more than willing to listen.
|Slowgypsy ||09-11-2013 12:45 PM |
You can more than likely find both the screws and the foam at a Home Depot or local hardware store. Here's a link to Best Bass Gear that'll give specs for what you're looking for: http://www.bestbassgear.com/pickup-screws.htm
|unclebass ||09-11-2013 12:53 PM |
thanks for the info and quick response. will check at local hardware store first.
|fhm555 ||09-11-2013 03:16 PM |
Around here Ace hardware is the place for small wood screws. Use some weather stripping for the foam or while you are at Ace, check out their selection of small springs.
|unclebass ||09-11-2013 06:49 PM |
Springs wouldn't work because the pickups are not bonded to the covers. Apparently the screws are #4 and 1.5 inches long. I was only able to find #6 screws the right length. Not correct heads either, but it's a cheap learner bass. I also found a real fat piece of foam from which I was able to cut some nice thick pieces to keep the pickups nice and high. It's all fixed up and plays great. May want it myself if it doesn't find a home soon.
|aquateen ||09-12-2013 05:33 AM |
try your local repair shop. they should have the right size screws. for the foam, you can use an old mouse pad.
|rootsnfifths ||09-12-2013 02:14 PM |
Foam: you can use a 'flip-flop' type sandal and cut to size. I have seen these sold for 2-3 dollars.
Screws: Try Lowes hardware/home store. They have a good selection of screws and also a hard to find parts section which has many cool little parts.
|Hopkins ||09-12-2013 02:35 PM |
I have found that most foam will loose its integrity when compressed for to long.
The Foam that these sanding blocks are made of work better than anything else I have found. The foam mouse pads and flip flops are made of doesn't work as well, because it doesn't compress as well, and doesn't return to its original shape as well when it is compressed.
A Guitar Center type store wont have the pickup screws, but a mom and pop store that has a repair guy will usually keep them in stock. They are pretty specialized screws and you most likely wont find them at any hardware store.
|Lownote38 ||09-12-2013 03:37 PM |
3M weather stripping (the black kind) is what Fender used/uses for the foam. The screws can be purchased at a music store that sells Fender parts. That way they will be chrome or nickel plated like they're supposed to be.
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