For a while now, I have been wanting to build a custom bass, with a blend of Jaguar and Jazz bass. I had a bunch of Fender Jaguar parts left over from modding my Squier, so I splashed out on a $145 Jazz copy and proceeded to hack it up
As I bought it....
First job was to thin down the neck, as it felt like a baseball bat. I spent an hour or so sanding until I had 2-3mm taken off it. I also re-shaped the headstock, as it had an ugly point to it.
After reshaping and clear coating the neck, I added my tongue-in-check Fender Strat-O-Bass decal which I created in Illustrator.
The next job was to replace the electrics. I had bought a brand new set of ABT pups and pre-amp from a custom shop Washburn project. This was a 2 stage job, firstly cutting out the cavities for the pre-amp, switches and battery, and secondly, wiring the whole mess up.
I created the cavities using a drill and chisel, since I don't own a router. Using Illustrator again, I created a new pickguard layout, which is a blend of the original Jazz PG and the Jaguar one. This I had laser cut, and I bevelled it using a dremel mounted in my vice. I wont go into detail over the electrics, but I had to lose the mid EQ channel and wire in the extra switches etc etc.
All in all, I'm pretty happy with the results, and the whole thing owes me less than $300. It actually plays pretty nice too.
Oh...the maple fretboard originally had dot inlays. I added the black pearl inlay decals as I like that look. Easily removed.