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'74-'76 Ibanez "Lawsuit" PJ. Which Hipshots?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by phillipmorephil, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. phillipmorephil


    Apr 10, 2007
    I'm upgrading my '74-'76 Ibanez Silver Series PJ. I've decided on Bill Lawrence pickups, and will be ordering those soon, but I need to replace the tuners, because they don't have a very high ratio, and they slip out of tune. In a similar vein, can anyone point me to a vol--vol--tone schematic for a PJ? Ibanez put this one together with a volume-tone and three-way switch.

    I dunno what Hipshot tuners to buy! I like Hipshot because of their super-high ratio, and my pops's Lakland has Ultralites on it, and they never slip out. I don't want to drill new holes for the tuners, but I suppose I will if I have to. I'll post pictures when I can. Can anyone help me out based on that information alone?

  2. phillipmorephil


    Apr 10, 2007
    Anyone at all? I'm desperate!
  3. Pics would help, I think.
  4. 62bass


    Apr 3, 2005
    Sorry, I can't help you about the Hipshots, but I'm sure you can make them work. Any bass I've had them on I've been happy with for ease and accuracy of tuning.

    I am particularly interested in how you like the Bill Lawrence pickups. The ones I've tried I've really liked, but I've never owned a bass with them. Could you keep us posted when you get them installed?
  5. phillipmorephil


    Apr 10, 2007
    Yeah, you bet I'll keep you guys posted. I heard they take 'round five weeks to ship? Believe I'll order them tomorrow. I'll try to get pictures today or tomorrow.

    Also, can anyone help me with the PJ vol-vol-tone schematics? I'm an absolute beginner with electronics.
  6. phillipmorephil


    Apr 10, 2007
  7. phillipmorephil


    Apr 10, 2007

    Thought I'd share the third one anyhow. Note that the p-style pickup is closer to the neck than usual.
  8. phillipmorephil


    Apr 10, 2007
    Can anyone help me out? I would really appreciate it. I would like to replace my current tuners as soon as possible.
  9. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    Measure the headstcok hole diameters, and fill with whatever Hiphost style you prefer that is made for that hole size. Simple.
  10. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    Chances are high you will have to do new holes, maybe. Those look smaller then Fender type tuner plates, more along the lines of Rics, my two old Ibanezes have smaller tuner plates as well, but I've never needed to replace them.

    What I would do is take measurements for the tuner plate, and the screw hole spacing in the plate and email it to Hipshot and see what they say.
  11. phillipmorephil


    Apr 10, 2007
    Will taking these measurements require me to take the tuner off?
  12. Billw97


    Feb 4, 2005
    Hipshot Tech
    Hi Phil,
    I hate to say this, but we don't have direct replacement tuners for your bass. These are the same style that Fender uses on their Japanese ri basses. The biggest problem would be the string posts, they are 7/16" and would require the string post hole to be reamed and new mounting holes drilled.

  13. phillipmorephil


    Apr 10, 2007
    What exactly does "reamed" mean?
  14. NOT gonna touch that one.
    I will, however, bump this w/pretty much the same dilemma; I just got a 77 Ibanez Lawsuit Precision from Quadzilla, and the D-string's tuner is missing the bushing(no fault of the seller). Although it's hardly noticeable visually, under tension the post leans over enough to make the action very rough. Hipshot Ultralites will fit, but I want the big cloverleaf/elephant ear for the original look. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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