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slowly building a vintage pj... lotsa question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by deerfield, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. deerfield

    deerfield

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    slowly, thanks to Evilbay, I'm building my dream P: maple 76 neck with lots of use signs, natural ash body from 73 already routed for pj...

    Schaller tuners, fender bridge with grooved saddles, F plate will follow.

    What about guard? Black, white or tort?

    A badass bridge would be too much?

    Re. pickups, I was thinking Bartolini 8s for p, and equivalent for j. I plan to string it with flats.

    thank you for the advice... as soon as the body is in the mail I'll post photos
  2. bolophonic

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    Tort guard! No Badass!
  3. Steve Dallman

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    Black or tort. I'm not a Badass fan, but I do like high mass bridges. Traditional looks better and will work fine.
  4. deerfield

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    bridge: given I already have a traditional, I'll put it

    Guard: tort or black, the jury is still out

    Pickup... advices on Bartolini 8s? never played them...
  5. comannapaca

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    Pickguard is a matter of personal preference. Choose what you like the most :D
    Hope this help.
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  6. deerfield

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    I really like cream pickups with tort guard.. unfortunately cream pu's covers are hard to find. At least in Europe. Building the right combo (locating cream cover, let them arrive, buy a pickup with swappable covers, locate the right guard etc..) could take a lot of time.
  7. bolophonic

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    Keep an eye on the TB classifieds for used parts. I can't speak knowledgeably about Bartolini pickups, but I scored a set of vintage cream Dimarzios and a tort guard for a similar 70's build out of the Accessories section and the bass sounds fantastic.
  8. deerfield

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    I have a soft spot for vintage seventies DiMarzios soundwise and lookwise. If someone wants to sell a set of them, or also separatedly, and send to Cont. Europe, I'll pay very well.

    How hard are to get vintage J in cream?
  9. bolophonic

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    I found a couple of vintage Dimarzio J bridge pickups in cream in the classifieds at the same time, but I attempted to negotiate a little too confidently and lost out on BOTH of them. It can be done. I have considered painting a set to match, though.
  10. deerfield

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    I'll keep an eye or both on classifieds, thanks!

    Re. painting: Doesn't paint chips away from covers when playing? I anchor my thumb on it..

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