Project Epi TBird project. Trolling for advice
Hi. I just traded an older amp I haven't used in years for a 90's Korean Epiphone NR thunderbird with reverse headstock and PJ pickups.
The second bass in the trade was a basket case refin Washburn force 40. I normally would have passed but the pickups in the Washburn were 80's vintage PJ alembics with the 3 knob config and a badass bridge
What I'd like to do is refin the T bird and install the alembics and the badass bridge.
I would also like to make it into a J Bird.
Any recommendations for eBay/aftermarket jazz necks will be appreciated [ATTACH]361061[/Attachment 361062ATTACH]
And FYI, this will be my first foray into modifying a bass. Simplicity is the key word here. :-)
I don't think any aftermarket necks will fit without mods to the body. If you are looking for simplicity you may not want to try that.
*Trawling for advice; trolling is what people do if they think you're asking for stupid advice :P
I've done a few mods and a few parts builds, and in my experience bodies will almost always require modification. Initially, I was very put off by this, but learning how to deal with it, it's a small obstacle. I've only come at it from the side of the neck being a little big, and that being the case I've found a Dremel Trio to be the perfect tool to work with.
Also, modding cheap basses into something good always seemed like a better idea than it was. Maybe it's exactly what you want, but I've always been disappointed with my results. Lastly, I've used a Badass bridge before, and it's nice, but unless you really hate the stock bridge (like I did on my Brubaker Brute), you probably won't notice much of a difference. Pickups, completely different story, go for your life.
Good advice there. Perhaps I'll drop the alembics and badass in after I refinish the bird and if it sounds right I'll leave it at that. If anyone else wants to chime in on the neck swap, I'm all ears.
I have two of the Epi NR's. I modded one of them a bit because it was so beat up when I got it (paint, bridge, pickups) and it turned out nice imo. If you replace the neck with a Fender or Fender type, you will need to route the neck pocket some because the fender is wider at the pocket. It's not going to hurt the "collector value" of the bass because it really doesn't have any and the original finish has already been stripped off. If you want to mod it and make it your own unique bass, go for it!!
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