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$9 Rogue Bass Upgrade

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by tabdog, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. tabdog


    Feb 9, 2011
    Hi Folks,

    Cheap Rogue basses are reported to be junk.
    The one I recently acquired was one of the worst
    basses I have ever had. With this bass, cheap is
    an understatement.

    Acquired Rogue SX100B bass during a trade for
    for another item. It didn’t cost me anything. It is
    years old and the neck had a bow and a twist
    along with numerous other problems.


    List of upgrades;

    Defretted neck
    Filled slots with wood filler
    Reshaped headstock
    Painted bass and matching headstock (black paint, $6)
    Changed neck radius (912” to 9”)
    Reduced neck width (1 5/8” to 1 7/16”)
    Reduced neck thickness (2/3” to 7/16”)
    Removed twist in neck while removing neck material
    Applied Tru-Oil to neck and fingerboard
    Installed nut ($3)
    Installed new wiring
    Installed new pots
    Installed MIM split pole P bass pickup
    Repaired numerous stripped out screw holes





    It is now a nice light weight basswood fretless bass
    for a $9 investment,

  2. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    It looks very fantastic!!....and I'll bet this was a great learning experience. That learning does have value.

    And that's a good thing, because it was only a $9 exercise if your time is worthless.

    Placing a conservative value on your time of $10 per hour (and you should be insulted by that), you probably have the equivalent of at least $200 invested in the bass.

    But - given that it was a learning experience, you invested only about $209 (I'm counting $9 "out of pocket") in building a set of skills that will probably come in very handy in the future. That's a very reasonable investment.
  3. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    Hey, good on ya! Looks like a clean defretting job, too.
  4. Looks great in the first remodeled photo i thought it had white binding on it! either way it looks sharp , i had a rogue bass , it was a mess but sounded good. I should have put a little work into it
  5. Slax


    Nov 5, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    Wow! Great job!
  6. tabdog


    Feb 9, 2011
    Thanks for taking the time to look and
    comment on my post.

    You are very close on your assessment.

    The only thing is that I'm old and disabled.
    I do stuff like this for entertainment.

    My gigging days seem to be history. But
    I can not get out of my blood.

  7. tabdog


    Feb 9, 2011
    Hay everyone,

    Thanks for your positive responses.

    It is hart warming when something works.

    I won't tell you guys about all the bone-
    headed things I've done. That's no fun,

  8. RED J

    RED J Lol

    Jan 23, 2000
    >>My gigging days seem to be history. But
    I can not get out of my blood.

    With ya on that !
  9. trkelley


    Nov 18, 2009
    Oregon USA
    Very well done. Classy looking bass now, good job on the defret especially, it's so easy to badly botch that job. I did a similar upgrade thing thing with a "J Reynolds" cheapie that I got on CL for $20. A high-mass bridge, Quarter-Pounder pickups, straight-through signal path, new SC jack, deeply contoured the slab body and painted the whole thing salmon-peach. I call her Dory; short for "hunky dory peachy keen". She roars like a 70s Rickenbacker, of all things....

    Great hobby! Thanks for sharing.
  10. The cool thing with mod:ing a $9 bass is that if something bad happens you don't cry when you throw it into the dumpster.
  11. Buskman


    Apr 13, 2007
    Jersey Shore, USA
    Very classy, Tabdog - great job!

    Did you paint the bridge as well? (noticed bridge 'upgrade' from the prior chrome finish)

    If so, you should paint the tuners too (IMHO, of course)... that would really kick the 'classy' factor up a notch.

    Either way, I commend you on a job well (and inexpensively) done! :cool:
  12. Steveaux

    Steveaux Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2008
    The Wilds of NW Pa.
    Ya gotta love a great salvage job.

    Well done, sir ... well done.


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