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Danger, New Bass pics Inside!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassJunkie730, Dec 2, 2005.


  1. BassJunkie730

    BassJunkie730

    Feb 3, 2005
    Brooklyn
    Well here she is - my new PJ, I guess you could call is Bassjunkie PJ4 #001

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    Specs:

    Warmoth 2 piece (center joined) Alder body

    USA Custom Guitars 1/4" sawn maple neck, 9.5" radius, 20 frets, truss rod at headstock, tusq nut, 1.625" nut width, custom back contour (standard with a bit more beef .830" depth at nut) Finished in Satin Nitro from guitar reranch.

    Bill Lawrence P-J set (500K volumes with 22k resistors between hot leads and volume pots, 250K .047mf Angela foil in oil cap with Series/ Parallel switch on pot - electrosocket side jack)

    Hipshot Brass B-style bridge with 5 hole fender mounting.
    Hipshot Ultralite tuners with 1/2" posts.
    Hipshot three string retainer.

    Thomstik Infeld Powerbass strings (my Fav!)

    Thanks to warmoth, Tommy aty USACG, the guys at BassNW, the folks at Hipshot, guitar reranch, Becky and Bill Lawrence, and Evan Gluck at ww.newyorkguitarrepair.com who cut the best damn nut I've seen after gouging with hand with a chisel, and still had it to me the next day - that's dedication.

    Rehearsal tonight and then a gig at Rothko on monday. Anybody want to check her out with the T-Funk/ Bag end rig in action?
    Come down to the club. haVe Blue goes on at 11pm.

    What do you guys think about my first bass project? I guess I'll have to bring this one to a GTG in NYC soon.

    ~M
     
  2. Wow. I'm a huge fan of the P/J setup, especially with a maple neck and the Hipshot Ultralites... In fact...

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  3. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Enjoy all the best with it :bassist:
     
  4. RoVaughn

    RoVaughn

    Oct 8, 2005
    WHY DOES EVERYONE KEEP TAUNTING ME WITH THESE DANG#$$#!$# PJ BASSES........I want one.......need GAS X.....
    really thats a nice bass you got there. About how much did the hole deal cost you? Evan is a GREAT guy btw he does all the work opn my basses (when Im not trying to do it myself)

    Tell me about the sound...
     
  5. BassJunkie730

    BassJunkie730

    Feb 3, 2005
    Brooklyn
    The final price (this includes the nut) before my labor (Neck finishing, wiring, assembly) is $1067.40

    I did get some deals which probably shaved off $50, so I'll say that parts topped out at a solid $1100

    But mind you I used THE best for that type of bass on the market today IMO. If I was going to take it further but still keep it passive, I would put nordies in it but that would jack the price up another $100.

    My next bass may have that sweet Nordstrand NP4. Jury is still out.

    I have to say the neck joint on that PJ is the tightest I've ever encountered. In fact I posted pics with me carrying around the body and neck attached with no screws holding parallel to the ground, it never budged even when I shook it. This contributes to the basses super solid feel. It also has no dead spots - I checked last night. This is amazing considering that the body and neck were made by different companies...well almost different ;).

    In all honesty I built this thing to go head to head with a Lakland USA Bob Glaub.
    The bass has a clear ringing sound - not zingy - but also not too low middy (which is where the series switch can bring them back)
    I dig meaty basses- ones that feel really solid. Which is why I had tommy thicken the back of the bass neck contour just a tad. Overall resulting in a better osunding and most importantly - a more stable bass ~ROCK!!

    the one thing I wish was a bit more pronounced is the overall volume of the J pickup. I deviated from Bill's schematic because the blend pot I had was bogus. Using two 500K volume pots was also a deviation. I may up the resistance between the P pickup and it's volume to fine tune the overall balance of the pickups.
    Then again - I'm a P man and I'm not used to a j pickup - so maybe is sounds quiet because it's naturally not as full as the P. I'll give a full report after my gig on monday.

    It's PJ Friday here on TB.

    Sweet!
     
  6. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Beautiful, congratulations!

    I just got brand new a P-J bass myself this week. See the Peavey Bass Sale thread for info and pics.
     
  7. i love the maple/black/black match. sounds like an old reliable already. may you have many many happy years with your new beauty.
     
  8. bannedwit

    bannedwit

    May 9, 2005
    Buffalo, NY
    cool fretboard man
     
  9. pointbass

    pointbass Semi-Retired Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    Man, that is very nicely done! Beautiful looking bass :bassist:

    I'm really liking how substantial that bass looks, even down to the small details like the string tree (always liked those 3 string retainers). It would be great if it could make it to the next NYC GTG ....... :cool:
     
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  11. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    I'm not much of a fan of the black on black thing, but it's still very cool.

    How bout some pearloid? :D
     
  12. tplyons

    tplyons

    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Sexy. My favorite color combo.
     
  13. pj-mike

    pj-mike

    Nov 22, 2005
    Bridgewater, MA
    Just "AWESOME"

    '02 Squire P with J pickup added at bridge position
    Controls V/B/T
    Ashdown MAG300 combo
     
  14. justinmc

    justinmc

    Feb 8, 2006
    I bought this from the man a while ago: let me tell you, this is a damn good bass! I like these Bill Lawrence pickups much more than the Lull/Frailins (as installed by Lull) in my other P/J - perhaps the wiring/pots help - either way, this thing grinds just right, and feels great.
     
  15. EagleMoon

    EagleMoon Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2007
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Are there really 9 pole pieces on that jazz pickup or is that an optical illusion?

    Black and maple, classic combination.