Amateur mods on professional basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by geof_, Apr 18, 2020.

  1. geof_

    geof_

    Apr 25, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    Let’s see pics of amateur mods and customization on professional bassists basses. Could be “upgraded” electronics or simply a cosmetic reshaping.

    I’ll start with this beauty—Dennis Dunaway’s Airline Bass.

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    Currently on display at the temporarily closed Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale, AZ.
     
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  2. geof_

    geof_

    Apr 25, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    Here’s another.

    Chris White (The Zombies) has a nicely painted Yamaha.

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    He also had a Precision with this same treatment.

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  3. I wouldn’t call that “amateur”....I think “Butcher” fits better...
     
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  4. geof_

    geof_

    Apr 25, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    Haha! I’m guessing he had fun doing it.
     
  5. We’ve all seen this one before...

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  6. geof_

    geof_

    Apr 25, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    He really takes woodshedding to the next level.
     
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  7. xj98jeep

    xj98jeep

    Jan 3, 2016
    Unfortunately I don't have pics but in 8th grade I put a p bass neck on my $100 rogue starter pack bass, ruining the intonation. Then I drilled thru the pots trying to add LEDs in the center of the knobs. Spoilers: this did not work.

    I'd call my 8th grade craftsmanship pretty damn amateur, but I learned a lot at the expense of that bass. Like, if you drill through the center of a pot it stops working.
     
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  8. geof_

    geof_

    Apr 25, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yeah. Those LEDs are supposed to be drilled into the pups.
     
  9. geof_

    geof_

    Apr 25, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    Okay, here’s a nice one.

    Matt Flegel (Preoccupations) has a Precision with an added pup. I believe the bass was handed down from his dad whose friend had done the mod.

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  10. That actually looks pretty professional...
     
  11. geof_

    geof_

    Apr 25, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yeah, not too shabby. Here’s another shot. That pickguard extension is the giveaway.

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  12. pbass888

    pbass888 Up the Irons! Westham United FC--mile high irons Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Denver
    “Give about a half a teacup of bass ...”

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    On the fender bass Mr Jerry Jemmott!
     
  13. geof_

    geof_

    Apr 25, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    Ooo. What does that solitary pot do?
     
  14. dramatwist

    dramatwist

    Sep 27, 2019
    ...nobody mods my basses except my tech guy... decals, stickers, writing... nope... not gonna happen...
     
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  15. pbass888

    pbass888 Up the Irons! Westham United FC--mile high irons Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Denver
    @geof_
    It’s a 69 jazz from a pawn shop...
    Jerry changed his name in the early 70s and the bass had his old initials on it ... so to cover it , stripped and diamonds and ‘pot added”. :)
    Here is the story
     
  16. geof_

    geof_

    Apr 25, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    Nice! Great walkthrough of the bass and his history.
     
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  17. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, aelurophile Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    I saw him playing that Yamaha in Portland opening for Brian Wilson last year:thumbsup:
     
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  18. geof_

    geof_

    Apr 25, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    I saw the same tour in Phoenix. The Zombies were incredible...and I’ll leave it at that.
     
  19. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, aelurophile Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    I know one of the guys in Brian's band. Suffice it to say Brian has good nights and bad nights.
     
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  20. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Billy Sheehan's "wife" is probably the ultimate example.