Any info on this?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Evan Beaird, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. Evan Beaird

    Evan Beaird

    Jul 10, 2018
    Hi everyone! I purchased this bass reclooks like it was hand made around the 70s. Through neck with great action! It has been cannibalized for it's p bass pups and electronics and I want to get it going again. However,, the compartment on the back is stumping me. There are 2 slots that look like they may have housed 9v batteries. Is this correct? What would these have powered?

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  2. TDR1138


    Apr 11, 2007
    Looks like an Electra MPC Outlaw. I don’t know enough about them to tell if it’s legit, though.
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  3. Rosin41


    Jun 28, 2018
    Cedar Hill, Texas
    Yeah, those two ribbon pull things really make me think they are battery compartments. Two possibilities come to mind:
    1. One battery is for active pickups, the other is for an onboard preamp that would have occupied the large cavity in between the battery slots. (I have no idea if this is actually a normal thing to do.)
    2. Only one battery is used at a time, and the other one is for redundancy.
  4. Evan Beaird

    Evan Beaird

    Jul 10, 2018
    Thank you! I couldn't find any Info because all the paint has been removed, I assumed someone just made it. I can further my research now
  5. Skokiaan


    Jun 19, 2004
    New Jersey
    More likely it's an 18 volt preamp, which is not uncommon.
  6. Evan Beaird

    Evan Beaird

    Jul 10, 2018
    Would this have been common in the 70s?
  7. Rosin41


    Jun 28, 2018
    Cedar Hill, Texas
    Hey, look what I found:

  8. Evan Beaird

    Evan Beaird

    Jul 10, 2018
    Awesome, thanks!!
  9. Skokiaan


    Jun 19, 2004
    New Jersey
    So this is either an 18 volt preamp, or one battery runs the preamp and the other powers the modules.
  10. brocket

    brocket Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2017
    Coastal NC
  11. Evan Beaird

    Evan Beaird

    Jul 10, 2018
    Yeah it a sharp guitar! It's gonna be hard finding those modules though I'm afraid
  12. Very cool bass! Is this the model Squire used during the Drama era?
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  13. Rosin41


    Jun 28, 2018
    Cedar Hill, Texas
    If you're feeling ambitious, you could build your own modules. Welcome to BYOC sells effects pedal kits, and you can download their instructions, parts lists, and schematics free. They were even willing to sell me only the circuitboard for one of their pedals, so I bought the rest of the components from Mouser for a lot less. I bet it wouldn't be too difficult to adapt their kits to fit in that cavity.
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  14. Evan Beaird

    Evan Beaird

    Jul 10, 2018
    Hmm I will have to look into that. Could be a nice project for me!
  15. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    it looks like a real cool project that has been waiting years to be completed, lucky you!
  16. tb4sbp


    May 9, 2017
    North East
    Really cool
    Best of luck with it
  17. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    The Outlaw was pretty wild for the time. They had something like 10 effects modules available. And the bass and sister guitar could host two of them at a time. But the real gem was the 5-way switching on the pickups. You could get some great tones even without the effects electronics.

    If you do decide to rebuild it and use onboard effects, Guitar Fetish has a number of affordable prebuilt effects modules designed for onboard use if you don’t want to scratch build. Find out more about those here and here.
  18. wow....…...the bass knowledge here on talk bass never ceases to amaze me.
    keep up the good work all !
    Matthew_84 likes this.


    Nov 15, 2017
    Richmond VA
    my Jackson used 2 9v batteries as it was an 18 volt system.
  20. Evan Beaird

    Evan Beaird

    Jul 10, 2018
    Awesome that's great! Thank you!