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Custom Bass Builds

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by cv115505, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. cv115505

    cv115505 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    MJC Ironworks

    Hey guys and gals,

    I just finished my first custom bass build wanted to see what you guys thought. Also looking for others to put their custom builds up here and see what everyone has come up with for their projects. Lastly I was hoping anyone who wanted to get in on this could post some lessons learned from mistakes made.

    I knew whatever I was going to do, I wanted it to have a unique tone. That in mind, I decided to do a '51 P with a fretless jazz neck (graphite). I planned to use the regular split P pickup, but I didn't factor in that the '51 covers would not fit the split. This left me in a dilemma because I want the covers for aesthetics. Did some research and ended up getting the SD Custom Shop stacked '51 humbucker (amazing pickup). Hardware is all Hipshot with Labella '54 flats (though I accidentally bought the thru-body set, so i may be replacing them) and I put the foam mute in the bridge cover. I love the way this beast turned out and it is going great for the lounge jazz and rockabilly session work I have been doing lately.

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  2. It looks awesome and I bet it sounds awesome too!
  3. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Nice job.

    IMO, with a few minor tweaks, Leo pretty much got it right the first time. My DIY '51 is similar but with a maple J width neck, Gotoh 350 Res-O-Lite tuners and SD a 1/4 pounder pickup (haven't felt the need to spring for the CS humbucker...yet).
  4. mfbolton

    mfbolton Supporting Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Very cool. Unique build without being totally off the wall. Nice job!
  5. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Congrats on the build! I have the same pickup in my 51/ 55 P bass.
  6. cv115505

    cv115505 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    MJC Ironworks
    Thanks for the compliments guys!
  7. Looks great!!!

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