Help choosing parts for a P bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Discharge, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. Discharge


    Nov 25, 2006
    I need to rebuild one of my P basses after I ruined it years ago when I had the bright idea of refinishing the neck (read: ruining) and taking it apart completely and losing some of the bits.

    Basically all I have left is the body but it was my first bass, so it has sentimental value.

    I want to use the Timmy C idea of putting a lefty neck on it to tighten up the strings but other than that it's a blank canvas as all the hardware is rubbish Encore stuff.

    Ideas on good quality parts?
  2. antoniolopez90


    Mar 6, 2011
    Squier Classic vibe parts are good parts at a good price if you go used. I like the necks.
  3. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    ebay & tb classifieds are just the beginning.
  4. Discharge


    Nov 25, 2006
    Could I get some recommendations on things like pups and tuners, are the badass bridges still the best bang for my buck?
  5. Bridges - go vintage fender or hipshot.
    Tuners - gotoh res-o-lite (fantastic light weight tuners)
    Pups - there are hundreds of pup manufacturers - popular ones are Nordstrand, Fender, Seymour Duncan, DiMarzio, EMG, Bartolini, … I would suggest you hang out in the pickups part of this forum and do some searching.

  6. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    If you aren't very particular & don't want to spend more than you would on a new Fender standard, you can scoop up Squier parts on classifieds--that will get you to completion. Badass is up to you if you want to spend the extra dough.
  7. Discharge


    Nov 25, 2006
    I don't mind spending out on this Chuck, i've had it for 15 years and I don't ever intend on selling it :)

    Thanks for the suggestions Davo.

    I would like a maple fretboard, how much would a MIA neck set me back new/used generally?
  8. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    Fender has necks on their website available for sale separately--MIM or MIA. Used are $100<. If money isn't an issue
    these guys have everything in one place.
  9. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    You can go Fender or you can go with other manufacturers for the neck - Mighty Mite or StewMac or Warmoth are all candidates.

    Keep a Fender bridge on it. The price is right and they work fine. Get one with threaded saddles if you want to be able to fine-tune the string positions.

    Fender makes Vintage P-bass pickups and you can find then new or used on Ebay:

    The parts for a P-bass are easy. There isn't all that much to accumulate.