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P-bass players: answer me this!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jazzonlyjazz, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. jazzonlyjazz

    jazzonlyjazz

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    I feel like having the control knobs on the pickguard on any p-bass is kinda unnecessary. I was considering cutting off the tail part so it can replicate a jazz bass chrome control plate so whenever I have to adjust the truss rod on my American precision bass, I don't have to worry about somehow yanking out all the soldered electronics.

    Does anyone do this or is it just me?
  2. shrimpflea

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    I have seen it done before a few times.
  3. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

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    My 2002 AM Standard and my 2010 Precision V, there's notch cut (in the PG) at the heel so I can tweak the truss rod any ol' time and go right back to playing.

    Don't know when they started doing that but...
  4. dedpool1052

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    wouldn't it make more sense to add a small route by the truss rod to make adjusting it easier?
  5. C.Linton

    C.Linton Supporting Member

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  6. Grateful

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    Cut a little 'notch' in the pickguard to get a wrench in there!

    [​IMG]
  7. jazzonlyjazz

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    Thinking about doing that but me and someone from CL are trying to find a place to meet so he can trade his USA jazz bass for my USA Precision bass...don't want to do anything to my bass...yet...unless he bails..
  8. Joe Louvar

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    Nope, not me.

    I recommend just buying the correct PG (one with the notch) instead.
  9. georgestrings

    georgestrings Supporting Member

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    Yeah, I wouldn't hack up a perfectly good P Bass that way - I'd either notch out the PG, or buy one that's notched...


    - georgestrings
  10. kurosawa

    kurosawa Supporting Member

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    There's no clearance unless you rout into the wood, too. So get the PG and body routed at the same time.
  11. kurosawa

    kurosawa Supporting Member

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    I hope you're not thinking of wiring the pickup straight to the jack and expecting it to sound like you have V and T dimed. One common P circuit uses 250kΩ pots with a 0.1µF cap. This setup definitely affects the pickup's tone dimed.
  12. mgb71

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    I did that on an Ibanez Roadstar but only because the pickguard was already broken.

    [​IMG]
  13. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    that...that looks really cool.
  14. jazzonlyjazz

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    No I'm just not a fan of the pickguard design in the sense that it's connected to the control knobs.
  15. jad

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    Having the knobs on the pickguard doesn't bother me at all. Having the jack there is a problem for me. I'm always bumping it and flexing the guard. Lots of guys end up breaking them. You see a lot of P players use 90° guitar cords to deal with this. I took it a step further on my main gigging P. I dropped a jack in on the edge of the body, similar to a slab P. I left the old jack alone so if I ever have a problem with the one on the side during a gig, I can still use the original one.
  16. frankieC

    frankieC Supporting Member

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    Ditto

    Having the jack there doesn't bother me, either. I simply use a 90 degree cable.
  17. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member

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    Yeah, I did that. I was experimenting with pots and caps, and wanted to be able to get into the control cavity easier without having to remove all the screws and the entire pickguard.

    [​IMG]
  18. Rip Topaz

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    I kinda like the way that looks. May have to try on one of mine.
  19. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member

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    Yeah, as long as you're not cutting up a $200 vintage tort guard, no permanent damage done to the bass. Just the pickguard.
  20. georgestrings

    georgestrings Supporting Member

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    Same here - usually, once I get a P Bass wired the way I want it, it's really not an issue regarding the control cavity... I don't have a problem sliding the PG under the strings, and rotating it for work done - and it's not like I'm in there all the time, anyways... Even with a battery in there for EMGs, it just isn't an issue to me...


    - georgestrings

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