I wanted to share with you my newest addition with you all.
I've been wanting to add a Single Coil P-bass to the stable for a while. I just love the tele headstock and those big pickguards.
I wanted a body with contours, and I wanted the big reverse tuners, the two saddle bridge, and obviously the single coil pickup. Oh and I wanted it all to be lightweight.
The Fender Sting Precision was perfect (if I could find a light one) but I couldn't put up with the "Stinglay" so I figured I'd buy a Fender Sting and swap necks.
Shortly after my decicion I saw a Sting in the TB classifieds that weighed 7.8lbs. PERFECT! So I bought it. Thanks again bigtexashonk!
Bass showed up and it was great. It had a Seymour Duncan Quarter pound pickup in it (original was included) a mismatched knob, and of course the "Stinglay." I'll fix that later.
First order of business was to swap out the neck.
Bye bye Sting Neck.
Hello '51 RI neck!
Before we put this neck on I decided, lets make this even lighter, so I bought my favorite tuners, Gotoh Res-o-lites.
Off with the old:
On with the new:
The old tuners:
and the new (before installation):
Saved 5.5oz. Cool!
Now time to work on the body. I ended up switching out the Quarter pounder with the original (sorry no pics)
Stock wiring worked but I figured while I was in there, lets upgrade!
Full size pots actually wouldn't fit in the control cavity, so I stuck with mini's. I went with Alpha Pots, a switchcraft jack, cloth covered wiring, and old fashioned capacitor and resistor for the tone control.
Aside from the full size pots not fitting in the cavity, it appeared the 3/8" shaft of the alpha pots were too big for the control plate!
I decided to just modify the control plate. A little drilling and filing and we were in business.
Wiring it all up
All the wiring tucked back in the cavity. I put a new matching knob on it and mounted the pickup with the traditional rubber tubing, but also put a little strip of neoprene for extra support.
The body back together and a little shim added to the neck pocket:
And put back together, ready for action! This bass has a real sweet vintage, yet aggressive tone with the original pickup and roundwound strings. However it is absolute dub city when you roll off the tone thanks to the new capacitor and resistor.
The bass plays great too and best of all it only weighs 7.4lbs! Very light, very resonant.
Thanks for checking it out!