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Fill in the J-bass route or not?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Axtman, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, Washington
    I bought a 1974 Fender Precision bass a while back at a good price. The bass had been modified quite a bit. The body was this ugly rattle can metallic green. I stripped off the paint and discovered that the bridge had been modified and repaired. Also there is an extra Jazz bass bridge pickup route.

    So the question for you guys is should I fill in the Jazz bass pickup route?

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  2. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, Washington
    Oops I should have started this thread as a poll. I can't seem to delete my original post and start over!

    Here are some additional pictures.

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  3. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
    Have you considered the Gibson move?

    Like when they put a Bigsby on a guitar that already has the holes for the stop tailpiece they'll cover the holes with a pretty little plaque that says "CUSTOM MADE."
  4. nolezmaj


    Sep 22, 2011
    Well, it depends on what you want from this bass. Personaly, I would get it back as close as posible to stock condition.
  5. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Have you ever played a bass with P/J pickups?

    Personally I don't like them, so I'd fill in the hole and paint it a solid color, but other folks love that kind of setup.

    I'm trying to figure out what the heck was going on with that bridge routing. Failed 2-Tek bridge install? Or some kind of bass tremolo?
  6. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, Washington
    I should go play a P/J bass just to see if I like it. Good idea. I have played them in the past but I think it was an active bass.

    My luthier thinks that it was some sort of Stars Guitars bass bridge. I think that it might have been some sort of a tremolo or even a Rickenbacker bass bridge. Hey, crazier things have happened.
  7. JellinWellen


    Oct 18, 2012
    I would keep it and stick a J Pup in there just to make use of it.
  8. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    Fill it with wood and paint it (like someone else did with the bridge route). Use a Jazz bass if you want the bridge pick up tone (at least in my opinion).
  9. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Keep it as a P/J. Keep it natural or some type of see thu finish. It's got some nice grain to show off.
  10. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses

    IMO, there's nothing crazier than a Ric bridge on another instrument...
  11. Pokerdweebz


    Oct 26, 2012
    Lititz, PA
    I have a PJ and like it a lot. If the route was already there I would definitely just keep it a PJ.
  12. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, Washington
    My luthier is Mark Arnquist of Arnquist Musical Designs in Seattle. He said that the J-bass pickup route was poorly done and crooked. If I really wanted a J-bass bridge pickup then he would correctly route one for me. He also said that a stock Fender bass bridge will not cover the repaired bridge route, only a Badass would cover it. So Mark is doing the following repair.

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  13. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, Washington
    More pictures.

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  14. nolezmaj


    Sep 22, 2011
    Nicely done! Mark knows his job.
  15. TimboZ


    Jan 4, 2009
    South of Buffalo
    Yes... Job well done.

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