'51 P bass replica

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Bassbuilder57, Jul 19, 2021.

  1. Bassbuilder57


    Jan 6, 2014
    Just finished building this '51 P bass replica to honor the world's first commercially available electric bass. Body is Ash, bought the neck, Fender Licensed, I'm amazed at how good the single coil pickup sounds! Very punchy and well defined, and surprisingly quiet for a single coil. Getting ready to build another one with all black hardware, and an Alder body to cut the weight down from the portly 10.3 lbs the first one weighed!

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  2. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Very nicely done! Simplicity.That looks like a good candidate for some chambering under the guard, or with a thick veneer skin top over chambers, done right, you’d never know it was veneered. Were they originally 1.75” body thickness? You could shave 1/4” off the thickness too, still plenty of meat under the neck pocket, unless that’s a Vintage No-No.
  3. Flying B

    Flying B

    Apr 29, 2018
    That's lovely. The simplicity of those early basses takes some beating in my book
  4. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Welcome to Slab-nation. Congrats on the build. Yep, the single coil slab has an amazing tone all it's own.