Doing a major bass rebuild and want to know if you see any red flags in my plan.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by skyskelton97, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. skyskelton97


    Jul 5, 2013
    Ok so I recently bought a cheap 4 string p bass with the intention of rebuilding it. My plan is to convert it to a 5 string and add LED fret markers. I also want to add 2 jazz pickups for a J-P-J setup with 1 volume 1 tone and a 5 way selector. considering I've done a lot of guitar mods it should be relatively easy to accomplish all of this but basses really aren't my thing. Any hidden problems that could pop up?
  2. famousbirds


    Aug 3, 2009
    4 -> 5 seems strange. Depending on how fat the nut is on that P, 5, string spacing might be VERY tight.

    P-J is a difficult match to get right, considering how common it is; with a neck J in the mix I'd expect you'll run into some difficult getting all three pickups matched. Are you thinking Strat-style wiring?
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    String spacing will be way too close for most bassists but you might like it, though I doubt it.
  4. I've always wondered why people don't have the J-P-J setup...the LEDs might be difficult to put in though
  5. I could rock 5 strings on a 4 neck, but only if I put the G right at the edge of the fretboard and jammed the D fairly close to it, since I don't use those strings much.

    My advice would be to string it B E A D.
  6. skyskelton97


    Jul 5, 2013
    I like having a tight string spacing. I've been mainly playing bass for years but since I first learned on a guitar, the tight spacing is kinda burned into my head. and for the wiring, I'm thinking something similar to a strat but not quite, I don't like having a bunch of nobs.
  7. skyskelton97


    Jul 5, 2013
    not as hard as you might think. just take off the fret board, rout a channel, drill out the markers, wire it all up and re-glue.