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Completed J-Bass project

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Planet Boulder, May 13, 2005.


  1. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Finally got some pics of my latest project. Here are the specs:

    - Mighty-Mite neck: finished it myself and added Fender decal and urethaned over it.
    - body of unknown origin purchased from TB's very own Glenn D.
    - Pickguard, neck plate, tuners and tree from MIM jazz
    - Dimarzio pickups (sound sweet!)
    - electronics, neck plate and knobs from '62 re-issue, purchased form a TBer
    - Badass II bridge

    Put the body together myself (all hardware, electronics) and, as mentioned, added the decal and finished the neck (back and fretboard).

    Had my luthier attach the neck because I do not own a drill press. While he was at it, had him go ahead and install the tuners and set her up.

    She sounds fantastic, so much so that i decided not to pursue a "real" jazz. It has a nice growl and the Dimarzios are hot as hell. I call her "Blondie" for (hopefully) obvious reasons.

    Anywho, here are the pics...
     
  2. Oxblood

    Oxblood Banned

    Apr 17, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    Damn that is one niiiiice looking j bass, great job.
     
  3. Nice Bass! Where'd you get the Fender decal?
     
  4. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Thanks folks!

    Snagged that decal off of the 'bay.
     
  5. Nice! It reminds me of the Fender Jazz Bass played by Hub of the Roots. He was on the cover of Bass Player a months ago with that bass.
     
  6. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Very cool man. You did a nice job on that bass. Would you mind telling us how much $$ you have into the project?

    -Mike
     
  7. Glenn D.

    Glenn D.

    Aug 20, 2002
    Fort Collins, CO
    Very nice. Which luthier did you use for the neck? And what's up with those cream colored pickup covers. :eyebrow:

    Glenn D.
     
  8. frigo

    frigo burn in hell!

    Dec 8, 2003
    Italy
    that's di marzio...
     
  9. JRBrown

    JRBrown

    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    I like it!
     
  10. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Thanks everyone!

    Glenn - Matt at Woodsong's in Boulder does all of my work. I swear by the guy because he has always done an incredible job for me. He knows me, knows the setup i like and is the best I've ever used.

    MJ5 - it's kind of hard to say because some of the parts were taken from another bass that I've had for a few years. I paid $75 for the body, the same for the neck and I can't recall what I paid for the pickups and electronics. Bought the BAII bridge a few years ago and I think I paid something like $60.00 for it.
     
  11. andysvec

    andysvec Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2004
    Guam
    How did you add the decal - what kind of clear coat did you use over it? I have a fretless neck I bought from warmoth that is getting the hg thor coating, I'd like to put a similar decal on when I get it back.
     
  12. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    It's just your basic waterslide decal that's easy to apply. I used a satin spray spar urethane finish (Minwax) and applied several coats.
     
  13. ironfist

    ironfist

    Feb 5, 2000
    Beautiful! Congrats on a great job.
     
  14. Looks good, reminds me of those golden oreos.