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De-fret and headstock re-shape! If you love SX but hate the new headstock.....

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by dave-chaulk, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. A simple solution.
    It's not an SX, but it has a very similar headstock.

    I bought this Jay Turser P-bass at the music store this summer for dirt cheap, with the intent of modifying it into my first fretless precision (I've got plenty of fretless jazz, but no precision).

    There were just a couple problems;
    1: it was fretted
    2: it had the most hideous headstock (in my opinion) known to man.

    and a couple solutions;
    1: pull out the frets
    2: cut the sides off the headstock run it across my (new, birthday gift) jointer, glue on new ears and re-shape.

    This was a lot easier than I thought it would be - now I don't mind buying an SX Ursa, because I can just do this...
    I've read a lot on TB about people wanting to change the ursa but not having enough wood to do anything but the tele headstock, so I figured I'd try something new - really glad it worked out.

    no pics no mods;


    It's really nothing special, but seems like something some people may be interested in

    thanks for reading,
  2. Oh, I should probably do pictures order;

    top left - original condition neck (excluding the orange tint which I removed last month)

    middle left - de-fretted

    bottom left - finished product

    top right - close-up of re-cut headstock

    bottom right/middle - a googled picture of the original headstock (I forgot to take one of just it).
  3. Stealth


    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    I like it. A lot. :D
  4. ironrat


    Sep 24, 2008
  5. thanks, kids.
  6. I actually like the look of the stock headstock...but my tastes are very particular and down right odd sometimes.

    If you like how it turned out then I'm happy for ya. :D
  7. I LIKE
  8. I know more bassist/woodworkers...
  9. Emm9T


    Sep 28, 2009
    Holiday, Fl
    I have a buddy with a Jay Turser strat, the headstock is very off-putting every time I see it. cool stuff man!
  10. Thanks a lot everyone.
    headstock quality really is in the eye of the beholder.
  11. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    Well done.
  12. Gort

    Gort Banned

    Nov 3, 2010
    Area 51
    Why a contrasting wood for the headstock wings?
  13. I'm not entirely sure, to be honest.
    on most of the basses I build I put the headstock wings to match the fingerboard, but I don't have any rosewood. however, I have plenty of padauk.

    Just something I've gotten in to, hah.
  14. BassCycle


    Jan 6, 2006
    Temecula, CA
    Builder: Classic Bass Works
    Coolness man!

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