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Dark star project?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by quadrogong, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. quadrogong


    Jul 6, 2006
    I've had my eyes on some inexpensive basses, the Lace Helix($420) really tempted me,
    ..now I think maybe get something like THIS..
    and Mod her up..
    she's got the jazz neck I like,and with the $ I save, I can get the frets cleaned up,etc..

    Squier by Fender Standard P Bass Special Edition
    $249,Squire P/J with jazz neck http://www.musiciansfriend.com/document?cpd=0OEY&doc_id=99371&base_pid=510569&index=1

    thinking it'd make a nice DK* project,
    what do u think? keep her passive,add a dark star??:hyper:

    routing,cost of Pu,installation,maybe shielding,new pickguard..straplocks.

    what do u think the whole thing would cost to modify?
  2. Thangfish

    Thangfish ...overly qualified for janitorical deployment...

    You're bumping $600 just in parts and materials.
    Can you do the labor yourself (routing, soldering etc)?
  3. almost seems like putting sprinkles on a turd, but heck go for it. Could be awesome.
  4. quadrogong


    Jul 6, 2006
    ..on a turd,heh heh.
    maybe..I'd have to play 'em first.
    Actually,THIS would be even cooler..

    My wife and I both solder,went to audio school,but the fretwork n routing?..gotta be a pro,I can't do that stuff..

    I'm sort of eyeing a Lace Helix bolt-on..
    but If I could do this for about the same..$500ish,I might,
    & yeah, $600 is alot for a tricked out squire.
  5. Spiritfield


    Mar 2, 2004
    Yeah, after $600 ish just in parts for the tricked out Squire, you could add a couple hundred to that and find a used Lakland Skyline Glaub w/ the factory Darkstar.
  6. Kenny Allyn

    Kenny Allyn

    Mar 25, 2006
    Or press the View attachment 95989 button ...

    and do a Peavey T45 project


    :) ... That way there is no routing, just adding a VTT wiring harness
  7. DaneB


    May 25, 2008
    Western Australia
    Did anyone else click that button?

  8. Yes, I pushed the "Even Easier Button" and bought my T-45 already converted :p :bassist: It's a wonderful bass indeed, other than weight a ton.


    For the $250 price of the Squier you could get a nice, used American Peavey Patriot. The Squier isn't a bad bass for the money but the Peavey is a LOT better.
  9. To Spiritfield... I say spend the $600 and enjoy the bass. I am new to this forum stuff and new to bass playing. I have a 05 Squier P-J and I like it and I plan on doing a ton of mod's to it. You spend the extra $400 or $500 and by a better bass, then your doing some mod's to that and your looking at $700,$800. Some friends are telling me not to spend the money..."it is just a Squier" they say. I have been playing the Bagpipes for 10 years. You can spend $5,000 plus on an old set of those. If you buy a good set, put good reeds in it......and of course if your a good play then you will have good sound. They are not to many people out there that if there eyes are closed and someone was to play a fender or squier or what ever... that they can say which one is which.
  10. 4Mal

    4Mal Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    actually I'm pretty sure the the majority of players on this site, can pick the feel of a Squire vs a Lakland SKyline or another mid-range instrument - heck, probably a MIM Fender for that matter. The majority of players here can probably by sound as well.

    They aren't the same thing at all...

    Mod's can be a bunch of fun. You can learn something by doing them - You almost never break even financially and if your goal is to attain a better instrument - you are almost always better off selling what you have and taking the plunge on that better instrument. If your goal is more about the educational aspect - differences in body woods, neck woods, bridges, pickups, controls, etc ... then by all means, carry on but recognize that the downside is the cost of the education...

    (BTW - I go both ways. I've bought two basses in the last month or so with the express intent of modding them up. I'm not fantisizing that it's a good move financially or that I'm necessarily going to jump either instrument up a class or so above it's origins... in other words. Modding a Lakland Skyline is not going to net me an F Bass, modding a Squire is not going to net a Skyline, etc ...)