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Customising a Squier P-Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Squier, Jun 3, 2001.

  1. Squier


    Apr 16, 2001
    Northants, UK
    Can anybody give me some tips on customising mt Squier P-Bass?

  2. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    I personally like them chopped and channeled. Maybe some skirts on the rear. Change out the front end and put on an aftermarket grille. Lowered, with some deep chrome mags and wide rubber. 20 coat black lacquer. Call me old fashioned, but tuck and roll interior still does it for me. The motor is a personal choice, of course, but an old hemi would really kick some ass, heavily chromed, of course. A BOSE sound system would be nice, but again, your personal taste in stereos may differ. :)

    Different bridge, different pickups, fret job, and pro set-up. There is an aftermarket retro preamp for P's out now. 20 coat black lacquer.
  3. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Hey Squier,
    I forgot to welcome you to the group. Have some fun here.
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Personally, I wouldn't up-grade a Squier. It'll cost more for the upgrades than what you paid for the bass. I sugest you same some money & buy a new bass. If you like Fender's I'd go w/a MIM Pbass DLX or a MIM J bass DLX. Both around the $500 range.

    <img src="http://www.fender.com/electricbasses/pbass/deluxe/images/dlx_pbass_spcl.jpg">
    MIM P-bass DLX. <a href="http://www.fender.com/electricbasses/pbass/deluxe/dlxpbass.html">CLICK HERE</a> for more info from the Fender site

    <img src="http://www.fender.com/electricbasses/jbass/deluxe/images/dlx_active_jbass.jpg">
    MIM J-bass DLX. <a href="http://www.fender.com/electricbasses/jbass/deluxe/deluxeseriesbass.html">CLICK HERE</a> for more info from the Fender site

    If you still into modding you Squier, I'd put a BadAssII bridge, Either a Seymour Duncan 1/4LB p/u or an EMG P, I'd put a set a Schaller tuning machines & Schaller Straplocks on it.

    Good luck.
  5. You wanna upgrade your Squier...ok!

    First you get a brand new body for it, then upgrade the pickups, get a new neck, new tuners, new knobs, new bridge, new pickguard, and you should be set.

    In other words....do what Nino said. :)
  6. bobaweeka


    Jan 2, 2001
    I want the deluxe. :D
  7. Pull out the frets, put in a j bridge pickup, throw on new hardware and youve got quite a unique bass. Thats what i did.
  8. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    So it wouldn't be unique....Change the P for a MusicMan and install a J, that would be intriguing. And defret, of course.
  9. Thrillkiller


    Apr 25, 2001
    Something else you could try is adding an active preamp. Go to the bass section on ebay and search for "preamp", you'll see several like Aguilar, SD, or EMG. Most of these can be had for $50-$75, and they are the same active preamps used in many big-name basses. And if you don't like it you can always take it out and use it somewhere else or resell it. I have an EMG-BT active circuit on it's way, and I'm putting it in a Pro Tone 5. Should be interesting!
  10. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    What the other replies left out when they suggested NOT customizing was that when an instrument is inexpensive, doing modifications that can end up costing as much or more than the bass is worth is counterproductive.

    You should do what you wnat but keep an eye on the cost of nay modifications. I have no idea what Squier you have, but since brand new Squiers go for $200 or less it just swapping out pickups and changing the bridge will run you over $100.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
  11. Why not just play the bass as is? My first bass was a Squier P-bass that I still use a lot. The only modification was buying an EQ pedal to improve my tone. I don't understand what the deal is with all these modifications.

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