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PBass from 70s

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by deerfield, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. deerfield

    deerfield

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    After months of swapping, buying, selling, waiting, dealing with customs, here it is:

    Heavy ash body, from 72 or 71. Came already in PJ configuration
    Maple neck from 76, lovely worn edges
    new Fender guard
    Cream DiMarzio set

    I know it's not historically correct and from the worst Fender era. As a matter of fact it's heavy like an anchor, the craftmanship in places like the heel is a bit shoddy, the color combo it's not the best and the chickenheads are frankly bad taste. To add insult to injury, cellphone pics rushed and bad lighted. But it's mine, it sounds good, and I love it.

    Have a nice XMas :bassist:

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  2. og61pbass

    og61pbass

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    I would Rock it,I like it...:bassist:
  3. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    Looks like an experienced old campaigner. Take it into battle!
  4. JellinWellen

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    I'm diggin it, 90%....would've gotten chrome knobs. Other than that its awesome!
  5. nashvillebill

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    I'd stick a tortoise-shell pickguard on there with chrome knobs!
  6. georgestrings

    georgestrings Supporting Member

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    Congrats - although they're frequently slagged, there actually are/were a bunch of great Fenders from the 70s - you just have to check 'em out thoroughly...


    - georgestrings
  7. og61pbass

    og61pbass

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    Exactly, I had a 77 black/ maple that to this day I kick myself in the arss for selling it...:(
  8. pfox14

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    I'd also vote for a new PG and knobs
  9. Snakeman1066

    Snakeman1066 Supporting Member

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    I would rock the crap out of that thing....I like everything including the knobs!!!
  10. deerfield

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    I got some chrome knobs but they were 6mm...they didn't fit...I don't have time and facilities to ream them so opted for chickenheads.

    Tuners are Schallers, really good. I'd like to figure out how to age them...

    I experienced some issues with strings off center, but a little wobbling of the neck and a setup of the bridge put them in the right track.

    Now I'm opening another whole can of worms: what amp for me? I'll post shortly a message in the right section of TB because I really need advices...
  11. Pet Sounds

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    Nice bass, man. I like the funky old nodded ones sometimes. I have a great '79 with many evil mods and it sounds/plays terrific.
  12. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

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    I had three great 70's Fenders and there were plenty of good one from those years. You have to just find and afford them. There are many national professional players who main basses are from the 70's.
  13. deerfield

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    as a matter of fact, building this bass for me was a bet against bad luck. I bought the neck almost a year ago, liked it on my j.

    Then come the body, sight unseen, from that NJ luthier who sells disassembled fender and gibson bodies and parts on ebay... I was lucky everything fitted quite well.

    I' ve come to love even the weight... This bass now it's my #1, it has personality. In fact, I've sold all other gear. Perhaps in future I'll get a backup bass, lighter, perhaps headless or SS, for lessons etc.
  14. bigmoosepi

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    love cream pickups

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