NBD... under 7lb P/J build
I had a parts P/J years ago with a 76 jazz neck maple with white blocks. I noticed after acquiring a ton of basses I misses that one the most. I have been looking to rebuild one but haven't really wanted to spend a that much cash. The squire VM reissues came to my rescue as I now had access to the neck fairly cheaply.
I wanted the weight to be low so I chose a Paulina body for GFS, also grabbed a pickguard from them. I wanted to have a single passive P pickup so I chose a Wilde P46.
I also chose to install a 6 position varitone from a kit on ebay.
I was originally going to go with a BA II bridge but after much reading I chose a Babicz. Weight 6lbs 13 oz
It plays great and sounds very good, all my other basses are active so I am adjusting a bit. I probably will add a tone pot in front of the varitone and body mount the jack. The GFS body finish scratches very easily but I guess this a trade off for weight and cost. The whole bass cost me under $300 including straplocks and the white top chrome knobs. ( I bought the VM Jazz and sold the body).
Cool project idea! An ultra lite build...hmmmm. I really love the pearloid block inlays/pickguard combo! I'd like to do this idea for a jazz in a dark green.
Did you have any trouble getting the neck to fit the body? The GFS bodies are supposed to have smaller neck pockets.
What was the weight of the body before you added everything?
Webtroll: yes, my guy routed the neck pocket.
Freddels: I think it was 3.8. Extremely light. The tech who assembled it, forgot the strap locks as he was drilling the pilot holes he chuckled and said "I probably could have just pushed the screws in, the wood is so soft."
Tasty: I have been gassing a pearl block maple neck for years. This VM 77 neck is awesome.
I should have asked Wilde to make the pickup white.
What exactly did your tech do for you and what did he charge you?
You had to drill the bridge holes right?
Ooh, I wonder if anyobody out there makes pearl pup covers, to match a pearl p/g? Like the woofer (neck) pup on Sheehan's Yamaha Attitude basses. Now, that would look snazzy.
Tasty: I had him do everything. I dropped off the parts.
Yes the bridge had to be aligned as there are no screw-holes. I knew if I wanted the bass to play well
1) the neck pocket had to be routed correctly and lined up well. I also had him install screw inserts in the neck.
2) the bridge had to be perfect.
He loved the pickup choice and was impressed with the babicz as he has installed 6 of them before mine.
So he routed the neck pocket, wired the volume, 6 position switch and pickup and jack, installed the bridge, pickguard, pickup, endpins and new strings. I provided all parts except pickguard screws ( I forgot) he charged me $75 and I threw him a $25 tip I was sell pleased at how well it played.
That's good to know (the weight) as I'm in the process of putting one together and the body that I have weighs 4lbs 10 oz. so it shouldn't be too heavy.
The babicz bridge is deceptively light.
Where is the 6 position switch in the picture?
It's in place of the tone control/knob. He's saying he's thinking of putting a tone control in the usual spot and moving the varitone switch back to the jack position and body-mounting the jack on the bottom, much like a lot of P/J pup basses.
I picked up a tele guitar body for a build for a friend and ended up not using it as the predrilled holes for string through were misaligned..
It was just a cosmetic issue, but I didn't want a guitar I put together to look so sloppy.
The body I got also needed some final compounding and buffing/polishing as the finish was a little rough, but not terrible.
Anyway to the OP, the bass looks great! I definitely want to try a bass build using one of the GFS bodies.
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