RAGS TO RICHES BASSES

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassil, Jan 21, 2014.


  1. Bassil

    Bassil

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    Alright folks,
    Lets see those basses that most of us would normally walk right on by due to their lack of good components or build quality.
    I am talking about bargain basement axes that you have totally rehabbed into something rather cool and for sure worth playing.
    If we can keep it at under $375.00 total investment...it should make for some fun, if not interesting fodder.
    I will start with my Silvertone Revolver that I bought for $65.
    I replaced EVERYTHING except the body and neck! I started with some Gotoh gb707 tuners, roller string tree and a bone nut. For the sounds, I went with Bartolini p bass pu's, CTS solid shaft pots, a switchcraft input jack, and an orange drop 0.47 cap.
    The bridge duties are handled by a Gotoh 201 that matches nicely with the tuners. I already had the pickguard, which is a Fender antique pearl 13 hole that fit fine. It just needed the screw holes put where they needed to be.
    Some d'addario medium strings and a set of Dunlop dual design strap locks finish things off.
    My main reason for the build was that I always liked the headstock design on these. It reminds me of my old Modulus VJ4 that I used to have. As a matter of fact...every component that was put on here is the exact type that was on the Modulus! The two main differences are a p bass pu instead of 2 jazz pi's, and of course, no graphite neck.
    Let me tell you that this bass is freakin killer!!! No it is not a Modulus, but for $2200 less....i am OK with it. It comes in at 8 lbs. 6 oz and has the neck profile and width of a Jazz bass with everything sounding nice and Pbass chewy.
    I hope to see some more piggies with lipstick
    Here are a few pics......
     

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  2. Bassil

    Bassil

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    A couple more...
     

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  3. gjbassist

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    I picked up an OLP Stingray copy that was in pretty rough shape for $75. The paint had many bad spots and there were several stickers on it as well. One of the tuners had been replaced with a smaller mismatched tuner too. I striped it and refinished it with auto paint and repainted the pickguard from white to black. I also put in a new GFS MM Pro humbucker and all new CTS pots and an orange drop capacitor plus a series/parallel switch. I also replaced the mismatched tuner. Probably have about $120 in it total. It is a very ballsy sounding bass that plays great!

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  4. Bassil

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    The neck also had a nice grain on it
     

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  6. Bassil

    Bassil

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    Very nice gjbassist! :bassist:
     
  7. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

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    So, a couple weeks ago I bought a set of EMG pickups for P Bass here on the forum for $35. I didn't know what I was gonna put them in, but it was a great deal, so I bought them and figured I'd use them sooner or later. Fast forward to yesterday....

    I had a few extra bucks, and Squier Affinity came up on CL for $50. I figured "what the heck ?", since it was one of the alder bodied ones. It was a bit beat up, and I'd need to change the tuners, but thought I could come up with a good gigging bass for cheap....so I bought it.

    Well, then last night another Squier bass came up on CL for $65. Normally I wouldn't have bothered, but it was a 1994 MIK one (which have great necks, but plywood bodies), but the kicker is that a previous owner had changed the tuners to GOTOH VINTAGE STYLE REVERSE WIND tuners !!! So I went down this morning and bought it.

    My thought was that I could make a really nice bass by combining these two basses...neck and tuners from the MIK, and the alder body from the newer one....plus the EMG pickups, and top it off with a black pickguard I had lying around.

    Well, a little "massaging", and it all went together great ! Now I have one great, inexpensive gigging bass with top notch pickups, tuners, alder body, and a great feeling neck. And I'm gonna put together the parts from the other one and list the other bass on CL for $65, to recover some cost...should sel fast !!!

    So total cost will be ...

    BASS: $50
    EMG PICKUPS: $35
    GOTOH VINTAGE TUNERS: FREE
    PICKGUARD: FREE

    Yep, about $85 into it. I guess about $100 if you count the $15 I got the pickguard for a long time ago....

    Sounds fantastic and plays great too !

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    And the remaining parts that I'll reassemble into a bass and sell !

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  8. Bassil

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    AWESOME...keep em coming


    Here is a before shot of my Silvertone
     

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  9. aquamentus

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  10. Bassil

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    I finally can do a big pic :hyper:[​IMG]
     
  12. Bassil

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  14. awilkie84

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    2010 Squier Affinity P-bass
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    Stuck a 96 Fender MIM P-bass neck on it
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    Slapped a MIJ Pickguard, P-up cover, Tele knobs, a SD 1/4 Pounder & CTS pots in it. Relocated the bridge so that the strings were lined up correctly.
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    Stuck a Spector Tonepump pre-amp in it
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    Drilled a 4th hole in the pickguard & routed a control cavity in the back to allow for the tonepump & battery. Changed the knobs to Spector knobs to fit the smaller pots for the new pre-amp. Took off the p-up cover.
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    There's more to come, too. It's getting a new bridge with no saddle walk & a Hipshot Xtender in the near future. :)

    I must add, this bass is BALLSY! Easily the best sounding P I've owned. It's clear, defined & growls like a mofo!
     
  15. kcole4001

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    I like the headstock, SX should have gone with this design.
    Kinda reminds me of a Gibson Victory.
     
  16. Bassil

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    The neck looked really nice too

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  17. Gaolee

    Gaolee The Fat Violin Supporting Member

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    I don't have a bass that qualifies, but the Zombiecaster is a 1985 Squier Bullet that I got in baggies for $65. It now has a pair of Lace Alumatone pickups and a P-Rail at the bridge, vintage frets, a new nut, and a sparkly green rattle can finish. I spent money that I'll never get back on it, but I don't care, because it is the only Zombiecaster on the planet, and it's probaby one of about a dozen remaining Contemporary Bullet HSTs. It looks like a Tele, more or less, with a Strat headstock, Strat trem and pickups, and a very pointy bottom cutout, like an ES175. It's a stack of luan veneers that resonate for about a month if you let them. It is a thoroughly weird guitar, and I love it.
     
  18. Bassil

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    Love to see it, is it in another thread so we can take a peeky?
     
  19. rojo412

    rojo412 MARK IT ZERO! Supporting Member

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    I've had a couple project Squier Deluxe Active J basses that came out a bit above the limit, but I think this one was under...

    SDAJV - $75 used
    Sadowsky Pickups used - $100
    OBP-3 used - $100
    Ken Smith Strings - $30
    Hipshot string tree - $10
    Knobs, pots and PG were spares lying around.
    Wired VVT with active/passive, series/parallel, and mid shift switching.

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    I had a Sadowsky Metro and I liked this bass better, no lie.
     
  20. Bassil

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    Very nice mods on that one! So now we have a poor man's Modulus and a poor man's Sadowski.....Thats what I'm talking about!! :)
     
  21. Broadstbully22

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    I bought this olp for $100, the neck was straight and the body was basswood. Everything else had to go. I routed out the second pup hole , painted it, made it a string through. Put baseline pups in it, new electronics, fender American high mass bridge. Made it bead and a bunch of other stuff.
     

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