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Help choosing parts for a P bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Discharge, Jan 10, 2014.


  1. Discharge

    Discharge

    Nov 25, 2006
    I need to rebuild one of my P basses after I ruined it years ago when I had the bright idea of refinishing the neck (read: ruining) and taking it apart completely and losing some of the bits.

    Basically all I have left is the body but it was my first bass, so it has sentimental value.

    I want to use the Timmy C idea of putting a lefty neck on it to tighten up the strings but other than that it's a blank canvas as all the hardware is rubbish Encore stuff.

    Ideas on good quality parts?
     
  2. antoniolopez90

    antoniolopez90

    Mar 6, 2011
    Squier Classic vibe parts are good parts at a good price if you go used. I like the necks.
     
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  4. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    ebay & tb classifieds are just the beginning.
     
  5. Discharge

    Discharge

    Nov 25, 2006
    Could I get some recommendations on things like pups and tuners, are the badass bridges still the best bang for my buck?
     
  6. Bridges - go vintage fender or hipshot.
    Tuners - gotoh res-o-lite (fantastic light weight tuners)
    Pups - there are hundreds of pup manufacturers - popular ones are Nordstrand, Fender, Seymour Duncan, DiMarzio, EMG, Bartolini, … I would suggest you hang out in the pickups part of this forum and do some searching.

    Davo
     
  7. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    If you aren't very particular & don't want to spend more than you would on a new Fender standard, you can scoop up Squier parts on classifieds--that will get you to completion. Badass is up to you if you want to spend the extra dough.
     
  8. Discharge

    Discharge

    Nov 25, 2006
    I don't mind spending out on this Chuck, i've had it for 15 years and I don't ever intend on selling it :)

    Thanks for the suggestions Davo.

    I would like a maple fretboard, how much would a MIA neck set me back new/used generally?
     
  9. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    Fender has necks on their website available for sale separately--MIM or MIA. Used are $100<. If money isn't an issue http://www.bestbassgear.com/
    these guys have everything in one place.
     
  10. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    You can go Fender or you can go with other manufacturers for the neck - Mighty Mite http://www.mightymite.com/ or StewMac http://www.stewmac.com/shopby/item/...n=2014-01-gp&gclid=CJjwnJfd9LsCFclcMgodJDAAyg or Warmoth http://www.warmoth.com/bass/necks/Necks.aspx are all candidates.

    Keep a Fender bridge on it. The price is right and they work fine. Get one with threaded saddles if you want to be able to fine-tune the string positions. http://www.amazon.com/Fender-099-08...&keywords=fender+bass+bridge+threaded+saddles

    Fender makes Vintage P-bass pickups and you can find then new or used on Ebay: http://www.amazon.com/Fender-Precis...&qid=1389395484&sr=8-2&keywords=p+bass+pickup

    The parts for a P-bass are easy. There isn't all that much to accumulate.
     
  11. Discharge

    Discharge

    Nov 25, 2006



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