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Bass build questions

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Daytona955i, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. Daytona955i


    Feb 17, 2005
    Albany, NY
    I want to build a jazz bass custom with a MM pickup in it.

    I think I want one of the SD Basslines pickups in it, but as far as the bridge (bad-ass II?), pre-amp (aguilar OBP-3?), and the woods for the body and neck (ash, maple, mahogany?), I'm lost. I want a Stringray-esque tone, punchy with a killer mid range, but still with defined lows and highs that sparkle, but it doesn't have to match the tone at all, otherwise I'd just pick up a Stingray.

    I plan to get the body off of Warmoth with the routing done, but I'm not against gutting a jazz bass and doing it myself.

    I have ideas, but I'm not really sure what my options are and I don't want to spend a ton of money on things that don't sound well together, any recommendations?

    Also how much paint should I need to do the body and the headstock, and where's a good place (other than reranch) to get paint? I'm looking for metallic green.
  2. teej


    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    I'd do ash body, maple neck, aguilar OBP-1 pre, and get the paint from AutoZone. Yes, AutoZone.
  3. Daytona955i


    Feb 17, 2005
    Albany, NY
    Okay, ash is a good body wood, and my first thought, even though Ernie Ball just says the body wood is made from selected hard wood, I think I've heard many 'Ray owners saying that they had ash bodies.

    Autozone eh? Good deal, any idea how much paint I might need?

    Also, can anyone explain to me why the Warmoth site says that some necks won't fit Warmoth bodies????

    What necks will and where can I find them?

    Thanks again
  4. teej


    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    I used a LOT of paint - something like 10 cans, but that's only because I kept puting it on too thick and got the runs. :scowl: You could probably do a body with 5 cans. The color I used only came in the small cans @ something like $4 a can, but some colors come in a larger can for around the same price. If you've got a spray gun setup, you can any color you can think of, special order, by the pint and gallon.
  5. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Line™ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works
    I second the ash and OBP-1 for a MM vibe. Add a on/on/on switch for tapping the MM p/u for series/single/parallel confirguations and you'll be in the zone.

    For a bridge, the BAII will work nicely - just be aware that you'll need to slot those saddles for a 100% proper set-up, but this gives you the ability to use a dial caliper to get your string spacing exactly how you want it.

    All the best,

  6. Daytona955i


    Feb 17, 2005
    Albany, NY
    This is what my franken-bass should look like. [​IMG]

    Vol. Treb. Bass pots, and a series/parallel/single switch, side mounted jack, etc.
  7. Diego


    Dec 9, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    I totally agree with the felow TBers about the ash body and aggie pre for a MMesque character. I would add a nice rosewood fretboard to make it bit warm soundwise. Also, IMHO, if you get a nicely grained ash body you migh consider finishing it in tung oil (I think it looks really nice and I feel the sound could be a bit more "organic")
  8. supafast213


    Feb 3, 2004
    Stick em up! This is a threadjack!...955i What year and color is your bike?
  9. Daytona955i


    Feb 17, 2005
    Albany, NY

    Silver, 2000.

    I also have a '72 Trident.