Show your Modded or Hot-Rodded Vintage Basses

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  1. DigthemLows

    DigthemLows

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    I'd say pre 1980 is a good threshold. I wanna see vintage fenders with extra pups, crazy guilds with too many knobs, player basses that have been rode hard.

    I'll start with a 1968 Fender Tele. Original body, neck and hardware........added Ppup and stack knobs for VT VT.

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  2. ASATMAN

    ASATMAN Supporting Member

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    My 51/55 P bass, modded w/ Seymour Duncan stack single and custom bridge saddles compliments of dear 'ol dad. Body was contoured by previous owner.
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  3. lz4005

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    This thread is going to make me sad.
  4. DigthemLows

    DigthemLows

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    I hope not......


    Oh, and to one of the pioneers of modding the hell out of things!!

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  6. IvanMunoz

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    Sub'd. Love seeing basses with stories.

    I'd say McCartney's Rick is a good candidate.
    Started as a fireglo, then he painted it up during the MMT era, then sanded it down, and the got the horns shaved down.
  7. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Gold Supporting Member

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    Me too.
  8. DigthemLows

    DigthemLows

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    such a nice one, I bet that neck is incredible!!
  9. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member

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    Any innovations/developments in the history of electric bass guitars were usually instigated by players wanting more out of the basic unit. Yes, these mods range from a pro luthier job to a hack DIY which ain't pretty. The obsession w/"virgin vintage" today has created ill-will toward these pioneers. They didn't care about monetary worth, they cared about their tone/sound or any number of personal details. It's history. If it musses up your hair - don't waist your time looking and being critical. Seriously.
  10. ASATMAN

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    Thank you! Your hand feels right at home grabbing that baseball bat. I was lucky the original finish and decal were still intact when I bought the neck almost 30 years ago for $200.00.
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  11. eldoryder

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    Ya just gotta love a MARILYN bass of ANY vintage! Howzabout a Betty Page model?

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    JIO Gold Supporting Member

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    need I say more?
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    JIO Gold Supporting Member

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    or this…

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    JIO Gold Supporting Member

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    or how about this…

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  15. DigthemLows

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    I got to hold and play Mikes bass.... 24 years ago.... it was awesome
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    cool mo dee! - Watt rules!
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    JIO Gold Supporting Member

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    I bought this EB-3 new in '70. It was the gloss red stain finish. I think in '71, I stripped the red finish to natural (mahogany) and Watco'd it. This was the norm back then - everyone was going natural. It looked and felt good - I did a good job. I then had the frets removed (professionally). This was long before I knew the name Jaco. I had a friend who played one of the first Fender P's that were fretless and wanted that sound. The cost of the fret-removal was far cheaper than another new bass. Back then I barely afforded this one bass so the thought of owning two was out of the question. Besides, at the time I liked this short-scale bass.

    This is the only pic I have of it that was on a proof-sheet from back when I was in art school doing photography. (I shot in in the dorm bathroom!) I traded it for an amp when I bought my first ('63) T-bird a year later. (for $150…that's another story) This EB-3 wasn't vintage then, but it's funny because somebody today might be spending time and money on this "vintage" Gibson by putting frets back in and having it refinished in period correct gloss red-stain. :smug:

    These instruments outlive us and in the meantime we do whatever we do to make them ours.

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  18. IvanMunoz

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    Nice fretless EB. Shortscales rock.
    Also, well said about the modding, Geo.
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    I made myself a short scale years ago and I just couldn't get used to the size, of course I'm 6'7" so that could have played into it....

    I'm surprised we're not getting more pics....are people really filling in the J pups on old Pbasses?? or are you playing the "S" outta that mutt!!
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    I would post my Fender urge, but being made in the early 90's it's far to young. Other bass players get really aggressive when they see the mod's I've done on it, like it's some sort of blasphemy to modify an American Fender!

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