How to turn a Rondo Douglas Pices T into a '51 P Lookalike, starts with the headstock

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  1. Lownote Floyd

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    For starters, swap out the stock pickup, replace with a Seymour Duncan SCPB-1 or 2, and the most important thing; get the neck over to Ken Boudreau of Boudreau Guitars in CT and have the headstock re-shaped to look like a '51 P, let him check the frets and polish, and round the corners of the neck's tongue. I hate that straight bottom.

    As soon as Ken sends me back the neck, I'll install on the body and post a pic of the final product. More to follow. Rich



    Ken does incredible work. I consider myself pretty handy when it comes to general repairs and setups but Ken is the real thing and from now on, he's the only one that will touch my basses. I highly recommend him. The videos are a bit long but I think you will find them interesting. Mine is a lefty by the way.

    With its alder neck, Ken's craftsmanship, upgraded pickups and a high mass bridge, I'll take this baby over a Squier anyday. Add Roto 77s and it's a sweet one. The "before" pic is below. The "after" shot is coming.....:) Stay tuned.

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  2. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Seems interesting.
  3. awilkie84

    awilkie84 Supporting Member

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    Does the neck extend over the pickguard, or are the pocket & pickguard square?
  4. johnson79

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    Nice. Those Rondo headstocks look so out of place on a traditional bass
  5. Lownote Floyd

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    Neck "tongue" extends, yes. And I had Ken round out a hair.
  6. Lownote Floyd

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    fuggly for sure.But not anymore.
  7. TKOjams

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    I'm glad you like it, Rich. They Poly is curing and should be ready for wet sanding and buffing in a day or two.
  8. smcd

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    Guy did a nice job on that headstock. I'm guessing this job cost more than the entire bass cost new?
  9. TKOjams

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    you would be mistaken, :ninja:
  10. Lownote Floyd

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    Actually it didn't SMCD surprisingly enough. But you know, that's part of the fun of it. We all know the SX's are not the gold standard but if you've got some spare change, they are a hoot to hot rod and they really are not bad basses at all. It's usually the hardware the factory screws you on, replace and you've got yourself a good little bass for practice or just throwing around. Frankly, I think the SX is the best bang for the buck for a starter or second bass to keep around.
  11. Lownote Floyd

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    Well there you go, you heard it from the source TKOjams (Ken Boudreau).

    Welcome Ken.
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    I don't know what kind of sander that is he is using but I want one!:hyper:
  13. Lownote Floyd

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    Ken, is "tongue" the proper term for what you rounded out at the bottom? Or is it "lip?" Either you did a tongueectomy or a lipectomy, not sure.

    PS: I didn't know where to throw this thread - I didn't see an active SX or Essex thread. I know it is of special interest to the Rondo/SX crowd.
  14. smcd

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    Wow. Then that makes it all the better.
  15. TKOjams

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    Thanks Rich, haven't joined a new forum in quite some time. I'm a newbe again.:D
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    Fret board overhang
  17. Lownote Floyd

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    Ok then, you performed an FBOectomy.
  18. TKOjams

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    Indeed. :cool:
  19. TKOjams

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    Sit tight, Rich. I have another short clip for you.
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    Post the link here.

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