I picked up a bass the other day and I liked how it looked and felt. I was not crazy about how it sounded. Not a big deal a new setup of pickups and a pre will take care of that. For what ever reason I didn't look that closely at the pickups. Well it turns out on this 4 string "custom" made base who ever built it put in pickup that are emg 645 size. There is over an inch of pickup over and under the strings. So I am stuck with it, but I like the way it feels and plays... I got it under 300.
This is what I am thinking. I am thinking of using a planer. Take off enough wood off the wings to replace the top. Then just route out the correct route for a 4 string pickup. As well the bass is a tank so I was thinking kill 2 birds with one stone. If I plane the top off I can chamber the bass to lighten the load.
anyone for see any issues or difficulties with this or have a better solution? I am not sure how hard it would be to separate the wings. The bass has a pretty heavy clear on it as well.
I have done wood working in the past. Making cabinets and such. I have never done something like this. I am itching to make my own bass. I picked up the wood that I want to put on the top. if this doesnt work out. I will use it in a build