NBD, Plain old P-Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by IPA, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    Was thinking about the Nate Mendel P, but then I realized it would be a lot more fun to just get a Standard MIM P and mod it the way I want. found a used one at MF. They said it had scratches but I can barely see any.

    Terrible cell pic--


    One cool thing is the neck actually has some color in it--


    Needs new strings (what are they putting on them in the Mexico factory? They sound/feel like garbage!) new pickguard(color suggestions?), I have a new bridge on the way, and maybe a new pickup.
  2. fisticuffs


    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    Fender strings most likely. nothing wrong with a plain old P Bass.
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I have modded more than a few of these the bridge is fine I wouldn't bother changing the pickup unless you are looking for something more aggressive? I actually like it the way it is nice bass congrats.
  4. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    If the bass is used there's no reason to believe they're the original strings. Nice clean P bass, grats!
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  6. RED J

    RED J Play what you want how you want & quit arggerin ! Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2000
    It's the m1a1 standard issue bass. Mod away, it'll still be a P bass.
  7. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA USA
    Cool bass! I like a black pickguard on this. (Admittedly, I like black pickguards on everything.)
  8. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    I'm leaning strongly towards black myself, but which black? B/W/B, B/red/B and 1ply are all good!
  9. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA USA
    I like B/W/B, but I think that B/red/B or even B/mint/B would be very cool.
  10. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    For frugality's sake I will probably end up with b/w/b--available at the store for cheap.
  11. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    The problem with cheap strings are they are usually rough stainless that go through frets like a plasma cutter.

    Changing the bridge on these is money wasted. It's just essentially a low-mass vintage bridge, which is fine and a lot of people's preference, including mine.

    Pickups could use improvement, the only things I'd consider changing on a MIM Standard. Otherwise just do a very, very conscientious detailing and setup and you're in business.

    I can't see dropping $50 on a new pickguard, either.

    Good luck!
  12. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    Congrats - looks like a workhorse bass to me... Regarding PG colors, I'd probably go tort, black pearl, or black - in that order... Pickup-wise, a set of SPB-1s with a .1 cap, and a set of D'Adarrio EXL-160s would be how I'd set it up... Here's a black pearl PG on a similar color scheme bass:


    - georgestrings
  13. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    Allparts guards, drop in replacement for fender MIM. Cost me $16 plus shipping for one in BWB.
  14. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    100%? They must be licensed. I've never seen a non-Fender that actually fit unless it was. The outline and screw patterns are legally protected (somehow, "trade dress," possibly), which is why all the others are carefully screwed up and take some kludging and a new screwhole to fit.

    I was assuming he was going Fender tortoise, and I haven't been able to find them for much less than $50 for a Precision. Everything else was shrunk/warped old stock, like from Amazon. :spit:
  15. Bassmunnky


    Jul 3, 2004
    New York and Philadelphia
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball MusicMan Guitars
  16. troy mcclure

    troy mcclure Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2007
    Central Florida
    red tort looks great on a black p
  17. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    I have actually had pretty good luck with the 'Proline' stuff from Guitar Center too. I think a BWB is ~$20 there.
  18. TC.65


    Dec 20, 2008
    Metropolis Il
    Nice bass congrats!!!! Do what you want with it cause it will sound good no matter what. I just got my first Fender pbass and love it. Mine already has some mods so for now will just change strings.
  19. Nobody


    Jul 14, 2004
    There's nothin' plain about a good ol' P bass! Am I right?
  20. JLY

    JLY Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Can't go wrong with a P
  21. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    Without the M1-thumb!

    Nice starting point. I have never been a fan of white PG's on black basses. Lot's of options out there though. If you are changing pups, don't rule out the good old Fender 62's. Good luck.