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Fender P-Bass Special project done...I think

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jamzcl, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. jamzcl


    Jul 21, 2004
    Des Moines, IA USA
    This started out as a stock 1999 MIM P-Bass Special I got off eBay for about $280. I always wanted a black headstock added to it...3 necks later I got the right one that fit, felt and looked the best except for the small chip in it (may still have that touched up).
    The neck seems like a more dense maple and has full size tuners which really added some weight to the bass. The sustain is amazing and I actually prefer the heavier feel.
    Here are the additions I've made to date:
    - Seymour Duncan P/J Quarter Pound pup's
    - 1987-ish MIJ Fender Jazz Bass Special Neck
    - Gotoh 201 Bridge & Full Size Vintage Cloverleaf Tuners
    - Fender "F" Neck Plate & Black Pickguard
    - Schaller Strap Locks

    Let me know what you think!

  2. speedkills


    Jan 10, 2008
    Simply gorgeous.

    Can I have it?
  3. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    Sweet! I always find myself going back and forth about whether I prefer a black or a tort p/g on the sunburst Fenders. Can't go wrong with either. They both have a classic look. But yes, I think yours looks great.
  4. Jo6Pak


    May 2, 2007
    Looks GREAT!
  5. jamzcl


    Jul 21, 2004
    Des Moines, IA USA
    Thanks guys!

    I originally replaced the gold anodized pickguard with a white pearloid one when I had the original neck on...definately had to go black when I put this neck on.
  6. jamzcl-
    That is one serious bass. Congrats!
  7. jamzcl


    Jul 21, 2004
    Des Moines, IA USA
    Thanks my man :cool:
  8. Thunderitter

    Thunderitter Bass - the final frontier! Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2007
    V Nice!
  9. scowboy

    scowboy Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    Sacramento area
    That is a sexy machine. I love the black headstock.

    I used to have an SR5 with a black headstock and it just looked killer.
  10. SC bassboy2

    SC bassboy2 Banned

    Mar 5, 2008
    Wonderful bass. The black headstock adds major mojo.
  11. Muckaluck


    Oct 11, 2005
    Whitby, Ontario
    That screams wine me dine me and then make sweet animal love.

    Nice bass.
  12. thats one clean ass bass dude,nice work
  13. jamzcl


    Jul 21, 2004
    Des Moines, IA USA
    Thanks again guys!

    The other two necks I tried prior to this one were:
    1987 Power Jazz Bass Special -wrong scale & screwed up my intonation
    MIJ non-export Aerodyne Jazz - the flat black didn't go with the glossy black on the body

    wish I would have come across this neck 6 months ago and it would have saved me alot of time
  14. SuperSnake2012

    SuperSnake2012 floppy b strings

    Dec 12, 2006
    Bronx, NY
    Nice... P/Js sound so awesome, I'm sure those Quarter Pound pickups make it sound fantastic. I'd love to have a P/J if I was still playing 4s :)
  15. That just made me GAS for a P/J even more, Very nice bass!
  16. Valerus


    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    Freaking gorgeous
  17. jamzcl


    Jul 21, 2004
    Des Moines, IA USA
    I've become a P/J fan myself since I bought this...that's why my 5 string is a Fender Deluxe Zone which has the P/J's (active though)

    my goal is to maybe get another Special but with a maple fretboard to round out my collection
  18. dude that's really beautiful. I'd love to play it...if anyone else sold it..haha.

    good work! the chip on the headstock looks fine in my opinion, don't worry too much over it.
  19. DW1969


    Feb 24, 2008
    I like it a lot. I've got my own P/J project going right now. Less than 2 weeks untill I can wet sand the body. Can't wait, thanks for the GAS.
  20. jamzcl


    Jul 21, 2004
    Des Moines, IA USA

    odds are I'll probably drag my feet on the chip and it probably won't get fixed anyway...gives it character too :D

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