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Cutting a jazz bass body! Need spec some info.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by cstar, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. cstar


    Dec 21, 2011
    Hey guys,

    I snagged a nice swamp ash bass body blank a few weeks ago and bit the bullet and started carving out my first body.:hyper:

    I'm a jazz bass guy and so naturally I'm doing a j body. It has gone flawlessly so far, but I am getting ready to do the pup routing and I need some info.

    I know that 60s jazz basses have a different location for the bridge pup than 70s jazz basses. I guess in the 70s, CBS moved the bridge pup closer to the bridge? In order to hide it completely under the bridge cover, but also causing it to sound a little more twangy? Correct me if that's wrong, it's just what I've heard.

    I'm a huge fan of the 60s sound so I want to go with 60s spacing on this body... so, can anyone provide me with specs that I can use to locate my pups? Thanks.

    Oh and pics to follow!:bassist:
  2. vintager


    Jan 29, 2005
    hi, there are tons of 60s/70s J info around. all the best with your build.
  3. Cotsey


    Sep 14, 2011
    This should be everything you need - it's a complete diagram of the JB body.

    Attached Files:

  4. cstar


    Dec 21, 2011
    Thank you very much, that is an excellent resource! Much appreciated.

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