While I am waiting to sort out details on the neck for my first build ( My Koa Jazz Bass Project. First timer!
), I figured I would get a jump start on my 2nd build.
My first "love" when it came to basses was a late nineties, midnight blue MIM fretless jazz bass. It was my primary bass for the better part of 6 years, including when I decided I wanted to play professionally in high school and the early part of my professional career in Chicago. Here is a pic.
I logged too many hours to count on this bass. I steadily modded it over time, adding a pearloid pickguard, badass bridge, 2nd string tree, and fender custom shop 60's pickups. Eventually all the playing time took a toll on the practically naked rosewood fingerboard. I attempted to do an epoxy coat and thoroughly messed it up. I didn't have the experience, or foresight, to realize I should just hold on to it. So foolishly, I took it apart and sold all the pieces and parts. That was about 6 years ago.
Now that I have some experience under my belt, and the assistance of a great luthier and all the helpful folks here, I decided to do my best to resurrect my loved fretless jazz bass. It is a bonus as well that this project will give me a chance to try to salvage the neck from my first build, since I will be defretting it and coating it with epoxy.
I picked up the body today from a local craigslist add.
The seller wasn't sure what it was but I am almost positive it is ash. One piece body. It is a heavy one. I am thinking this one is going to get some chambering under the pickguard to help take down the weight.
One thing I noticed when I got it home was a decent crack in the wood on the butt end
Does this seem like something I should be worried about? For what it is worth, I am planning on sending it to Pat Wilkins for the Midnight Blue finish. Will the finish seal it adequately?
I also already have the pearloid pickguard. Thankfully it lines up with the holes that have already been drilled on the body
I am planning on trying to recreate my old bass as accurately as possible with a few upgrades I had planned on doing before I scrapped it. Including…
Nordstrand NJ4SV split coil pickups
Audere Pro JZ Preamp
Double String trees
Hipshot Vintage Tuners
And finally, as I mentioned already, I will be defretting the neck from my first build and doing an epoxy coating on the fingerboard. The neck is already finished so that cuts out a step. I am also planning on re capping the headstock with some killer Birdseye Maple veneer my good friend Carl Pedigo is hooking me up with.