I have been playing EBMM Bongo basses exclusively since 2005. They do so many things so well, they play so effortlessly, and they sound so good that I decided to sell off my P-Bass and my Roscoe LG3000. I've had no regrets to date.
I decided last year that it might be nice to have a beater P-Bass around, something with very little money into which I have very little money tied up. I began searching ebay, craigslist, forums, etc. for quality parts at bargain prices. Over time I have scored some incredible deals. During this time I had occasions to demo Squire's Classic Vibe series P-Bass models, the 60's model in particular. All of the CV 60Vs P-Basses I played were more than adequate for my project so I added this bass and its body & neck to my parts list search. I scored a like new 60's CV P-Bass neck a short while ago and I just purchased a Fiesta Red 60's CV P-Bass body (great vintage Fender custom color!).
Here's a list of the parts I've purchased or owned from earlier projects:
*The aforementioned Squier CV body and neck
*A 3-ply parchment pickguard
*USA Fender reissue reverse-wind tuners
*USA Fender string tree
*USA Fender reissue split coil pickup
*USA Fender Deluxe P-Bass bridge
*USA Fender mounting screws for pickguard and hardware
*Fender neck mounting plate (part already on hand)
*CTS pots, paper in oil capacitor, Switchcraft output jack, and cloth insulated interconnect wire (parts already on hand)
*Dunlop Strap-Locks (part already on hand)
*Soft, padded leather strap (part already on hand)
My total investment at this point is just a hair below $175, spread out over a years time. Patience really paid off here!
All I have left to do is to install at this point is a pair of P-Bass control knobs (should be here Tuesday). It's otherwise complete. How'd it turn out?
It's a far better instrument than I had expected to be perfectly honest. I figured that it would likely end as good as or better than a Classic Vibe P-Bass. It sounds like a great 60's P-Bass and it plays effortlessly! Not much more to say than that.
Here's a quick cell phone pic:
As a side note I've always wondered how close a Bongo H/H could be made to sound like a P-Bass. I played them side by side for a bit and to my surprise I was able to get the Bongo to sound close enough to render the P-Bass redundant. It's not 100% there but one would be hard pressed to tell the difference live or recorded.
I'm really very pleased with the outcome of this project. Though I could flip the bass for a few bucks profit I've no desire to let it go. My brother (fantastic guitar player!) is thinking about learning to play bass so I'm going to ship the newly built P-Bass out to him on loan for a while.