Dave Meros's Fendenbacker

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by CGremlin, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. CGremlin


    Nov 1, 2014
    Palm Bay, FL
    So I just bought the Blu-Ray of Spock's Beard's performance of "Snow" in 2016 (amazing show, BTW), and watching Dave Meros got me to thinking about something. A few years back, Dave started using a Fender Jazz-style neck on his custom white Ed Roman-built, Rickenbacker-derived, 4-pickup bass, and I was wondering if anyone knew why he changed out the original neck on the instrument. Of course it still sounds amazing, but the pairing of the Rick-shaped body with a Jazz headstock and maple board is pretty different.

    Maybe Dave is a TBer and is willing to chime in? ;)
  2. Yogi Bear

    Yogi Bear

    Aug 14, 2000
    I have the same concert on Blu-ray. Not too sure about his decision on building the bass, but Dave's playing and tone is stellar as usual...
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2018
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  3. dmeros


    Jan 22, 2013
    Hi CGremlin - It's a whole new bass. I made the body myself and bought the neck on eBay. Full Contact Hardware bridge, Seymour Duncan Classic Stacks, Hipshot tuners, switchable stereo/mono output. Two pickups are where pre-75 Ric pickups go, the other two are approximately where Fender P/J pickups would go.
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  4. CGremlin


    Nov 1, 2014
    Palm Bay, FL
    Thanks so much for the reply, Dave! Your "Meros Special" sounds great! I've got a 4-string counterfeit Chinese Jazz that I don't really play, and have been thinking about busting out the router and putting another pair of pickups in the Rickenbacker position with a switch to go between the two pairs. More or less exactly what your setup is, because I think it'd be awesome to have both tones on a single bass. If that works out well, I may do it on my 5-string Jazz as well.

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