Originally Posted by rootsnfifths
Yikes I have seached my *** off but not using "bakelite" and have not found much so THANKS.
I do want the bass as authentic as possible but I have to wonder how the bakelite saddles would affect sound/intonation/stability. I would still like to try them out.
As far as the engraved bridg plate, I guess I can get that done. Just not sure I would put a dummy serial on it. While I know I would never try and pass it off as an actual '51 P, ya never know where the bass might end up if I sell it( which I am sure I never will....famous last words!)
Also on the menu for this one is enlarging the string ferrules. On the later '51 reissues it seems Fender Japan made them smaller (like a Telecaster bass).
I am still studying original 51 P pics to see what else I need to do to this fine instrument.
The numbers are stamped, not engraved. I know this, because I've tried engraved, and it looks nothing like the authentic Fender SN stamping.
There's a guy out of Florida who has the same stamping machine as Fender used (if not their machine). He does neck plates (and probably would do bridge plates). Back in 2000 when I built a 64 Telecaster, he did an era appropriate stamped neck plate for me with the numbers of my choice (they happened to fit in the Fender numbering scheme as well as being personally meaningful). He used to sell on eBay, so I'd check there to start.