Essex Bass Club - Part 15

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by smperry, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
  2. Lets get it started with some pix!!

    Here's mine:
    And my son with his:
  3. Oh yeah! In on the first page! Keep the SX love coming!


  4. BillyB_from_LZ


    Sep 7, 2000
    You ought to post that in the Crazy Pickguard thread!
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  5. What is that, tolex?
  6. I'm pretty sure I already did. I'll check again.

    Here's another.
    I really need to take the pickups apart and put the tape on the inside. It'll look so much better, I'm just lazy.
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  7. funkmaru


    Mar 29, 2012
    Here's one of mine!

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  8. dabbler


    Aug 17, 2007
    Bowie, MD
    Yum, SX pics, here's some of mine:

  9. dagovna659


    Mar 2, 2011
    New Jersey
    RIP!!! She is a real Beauty. Is that really an SX?? Man I gotta get me a 3 tone burst. Thats really nice bro, how does she play? Your personal touch really sets it off and that pickguard really really creative and sweeeeeettttttt.
  10. Plays much better since I leveled the frets. Still has a buzz in one spot but next time I change strings I'll fix that.

    I really like this bass. I play it as much as I do my Fender.
  11. :hyper:Pulled the trigger on this SX Ursa 2 Hum MN BK. Actual photos to follow when it arrives. I've been wanting something a little different from the normal "Fender-ish" P or J or P/J configuration and the price was too good to pass up. Already thinking of this new tort pickguard or maybe a white pearl. I've owned a SJB-75 for a couple years and it's still stock except for the strings:rolleyes:. Never seen any real need to modify it. But.....I think this one will be a little different.

    So who was it that rewired the bridge humbucker with a coil tap? I would appreciate wiring diagrams (or even better a link to the discussion) please. I've used the search back through part 12 and did not see anything (doesn't mean it's not there, only that I didn't find it).:help:
  12. dabbler


    Aug 17, 2007
    Bowie, MD
    Not quite what you asked for, but there is a little info here:

    edit- here's some more info, I did a little more than what you are asking for, but the info here should help you with that too ( read at least down to post #288):
  13. BillyB_from_LZ


    Sep 7, 2000
    Cool! I'd go with the white pearloid pickguard, although you may have to have one custom made (or better yet, do it yourself).
  14. dabbler, This one has valuable info. It wasn't the one I remembered, but it is a definite help with wiring details. The wiring looks very nice, I hope I can be half as clean.
    Did you use 250 or 500 pots for the modification?
    If I understand what you've done the bass now has the following pick up selection options:
    • neck only
    • neck + full bridge
    • neck + front bridge coil parallel mode
    • neck + front bridge coil series mode
    • neck + rear bridge coil parallel mode
    • neck + rear bridge coil series mode
    • bridge front coil only (parallel mode)
    • bridge front coil only (series mode)
    • bridge rear coil only (parallel mode)
    • bridge rear coil only (series mode)
    • rear only full humbucker mode
    That is a lot of potential tonal variety. Am I safe in assuming when using only one of the bridge coils (no neck pup) the series/parallel switch has little or no tonal effect?

    Thanks for the quick reply and great detail.:hyper:
  15. dabbler


    Aug 17, 2007
    Bowie, MD
    Your understanding is mostly correct, except you missed that you can have both of the hb coils (in parallel with each other) in series OR parallel with the neck and you can have just the hb coils in series OR parallel with each other.

    You turn the neck pup off with its volume control. But when the series/ parallel switch is in the series position, the neck volume control controls BOTH pups. IOW you cannot have just the bridge pup, or one of the bridge coils on alone with the series/ parallel switch in the series position.

    Or let me say it the easy way, you can have either coil of the hb or both of them either in series OR parallel with each other, and for each of those, you can ADD the neck in series OR parallel with it.
  16. Thanks for the clarification. Yes this is truly the MEGA Swiss army knife of tone possibilities.
  17. ImageUploadedByTalkBass1372305605.890902.jpg still havent assembled my sx jazz. i also had the headstock painted blue because ive been gassing for a blue bass
  18. matt55


    Apr 19, 2013
    Lake placid blue? Love it! But if I were You I will go with charcoal frost metallic, for me it's the best color for a bass with matched headstock! especially p-bass ;).
  19. BootzillaSun


    Apr 8, 2011
  20. I was at a Music Go Round today and they had an old headstock SX P/J in vintage white. It looked like new and they only wanted $109 for it. I should have grabbed it! :bawl:
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