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Show your favorite cheap modifications

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Lowactnsatsfctn, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. Lowactnsatsfctn

    Lowactnsatsfctn

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    A while back, I was given a Crate BX-200 Bass head because it was making a lot of noise. And because it was a Crate:D but thats for another thread. I opened it and found bad solder joints on the outputs. An easy fix, but still not a great design because the outside sleeve is too short to screw a nut onto to distribute the force it sees. IMG-20121218-00254 - Copy.jpg


    The only Bass cab I have, only has Speakon plugs, and not being a fan of adapters, decided to ad a Speakon jack. IMG-20121218-00264.jpg

    Im about 5$ in to this mod, but its probably my favorite of any cheap mods I've done.
  2. vishuddha

    vishuddha 100% Mediocre Supporting Member

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    Taking off the faceplate of just about every amp I buy is a $0 mod that I don't see a lot of people doing...
  3. BillyIVbass

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    Aluminum shielding tape. About $3 a roll at Home Depot. Haven't ran out yet and I've probably used it on a dozen cheap guitars.

    Not really something you can buy in stores, but learning the basics of a setup and soldering. I can't stress how valuable that is.
  4. SquierJazz72

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    My mods don't always show, but I generally end up replacing the 500k mini pots on my Squier Affinities with full size 250k pots and .047 tone caps. And a roll of aluminum tape for shielding, especially the strat. And my strat got stainless block saddles in place of the stock ones. The Jazz bass will likely get a better bridge at some point.
  5. Lowactnsatsfctn

    Lowactnsatsfctn

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    +1 to Shielding, Its an easy cheap and very useful mod.

    +1 to soldering, its cheap, easy and can save you a lot of money in the long run

    Not sure I would classify a set up as a modification, But I remember the first Bass I successfully setup. I couldn't imagine playing any thing less.
  6. Stilettoprefer

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    A control plate for my P! $10 for the materials to do it.

    [​IMG]
  7. Got2SadowskyNYC

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    No photo, but an all controls bypass switchs for my passive 4 string PJ. Highly recommend this.
  8. mongo2

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    Cheapest mod I've ever done is taking the string retainer off of the headstock.
  9. J03YW

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    What's all this talk about shielding things? I'm getting (and gutting) a Squier CV 60's Pbass and bringing it up to Entwistle standards (Dimarzio Pups, 500k pots, rotosounds, Series/parallel switch for ***** and giggles) and since I'm gonna crack er open, I want to know how beneficial this is/how to do it.
  10. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he looks Supporting Member

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    1) I changed my cheap Ibby to BEAD tuning. Some filing and some setup work. Considering that every bass needs new strings once in a while, this modification costs $0.
    2) Extra screening, using aluminum tape and some copper wire. Costs: $5?
    3) Optimization of neck to pocket fitting. Some sanding, filing and filling with glue. Costs: a piece of sand paper and a few drops of glue.
    4) An extra screw to improve the mounting of the bridge to the body. Costs: 20 cents?
  11. Lowactnsatsfctn

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    Its worth looking into if you haven't yet. Its more of an insurance mod IMO. I've never picked up a Bass and been like " wow! this thing is shielded well". Its more of an insurance thing, at some point, an unshielded Bass will introduce noise in your sound. I've come across a lot of Basses that buzz when you're not touching the strings or hum and pop when you move them.
  12. vigor&kandor

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    I make control plates for all my basses. Why not have the electronics easily accessible?
  13. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

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    Shielding;
    Bridge and pickup covers;
    Hipshot string retainer;
    Swap pots from mini to full size;
    Tolexed pickguard;
    Stickers.

    I've done a million cheap mods over the years. Shielding is by far the most beneficial.

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