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custom jag bass

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by jetjon, Dec 27, 2012.


  1. jetjon

    jetjon

    Oct 7, 2012
    I started this project w/ a friend who builds guitars. He had never tried a bass and I needed a new go-to bass for work. My '74 jazz bass is just too rare to use on regular gigs. We bought a piece of Alder and cut it up and glued it together. He drew it up and CNC'd it to shape. Here's what we have so far-Warmouth neck and EMG JAX pick-ups!

    http://projectguitar.ibforums.com/index.php?showtopic=47042
     
  2. Stealth

    Stealth

    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Very interesting build, especially the twin neck Jazzes.
     
  3. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Pacifica CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
  4. jetjon

    jetjon

    Oct 7, 2012
    The bass will be painted Prince purple w/ matching headstock! I use EMG X pick-ups now in my jazz bass and LOVE them to death! I wanted a little warmer tone (w/the JAX) and have always wanted a 2nd pick-up closer to the neck w/ it's own volume control.Hope to post more as I have more time to build. Thanks for the comments! This will be a WORKING bass in stead of a pretty type!
     
  5. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Pacifica CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Great to hear the JAX's are the bomb! Are you stringing flats?
     
  6. jetjon

    jetjon

    Oct 7, 2012
    No, I use DR Marcus Miller Fat Beams only! My Precision uses the flats!
     
  7. jetjon

    jetjon

    Oct 7, 2012
    I FINALLY finished it! The color is Tamiya plastic model paint w/an automotive clear-coat. The base was Rustoleum primer. It took a lot of attempts to get this done,but it was a very good learning experience! The bass plays and sounds very much like a boutique bass and is what I needed for gigs! It is the easiest to play bass I've ever owned! It has Hipshot tuners and a D tuner, w/ a Badass bridge. On to the next one!
     
  8. jetjon

    jetjon

    Oct 7, 2012
    Go to the projectguitar link on the first post to see finished instrument!
     
  9. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Pacifica CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Nice job! Would love to hear that pu arrangement - I went w/the JAX's on my Supersonic and really like them - enjoy!
     
  10. kris pung

    kris pung

    Jul 25, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    That came out amazing also how different does the middle and neck pickup sound solo'ed?
     
  11. jetjon

    jetjon

    Oct 7, 2012
    There is a subtle difference between the two--I like the front PU better, it's more like a P-bass sound. I'm am gonna keep the body style and put different PU's in it and do a neck-thru on the next one!