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Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Radsboy1, Apr 13, 2019.
I play this bass a lot, I have had it a couple of years.
The neck is clearly a Mexican Jazz Bass neck, but can anyone help me identify the body? I have had the neck off and a close inspection shows no identifying mark or number of any kind.
Also, the pickups are apparently after-market, but the logo is so worn I can't identify them. Anyone recognize them, and know their characteristics?
Pickups are Seymour Duncan Basslines.... likely SPB-3?
The body? There's no way at all of telling what the body is (other than Precision style) without more info .... like neck stamps and whatnot.
This is what the graphic would have originally looked like.
Thanks - that's a help!
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Thanks! I was a member a few years back when I was playing all upright - always a helpful site, I have a student who has been benefiting a lot from TalkBass. Much appreciated.
Using those D'Addario Tapewound strings (ETB92) helps me get a nice dark, "woody" tone, fairly close to my upright sound. Also, it's very easy to play which helps the 70 year-old hands out!
Yeah, those look like Duncans... Also, I'd think the bridge is not original. Looks like Badass to me, does it say so? Can't tell in the pic.
These seem like pretty standard "upgrades" for a MIM bass. I'd guess the body is original MIM. Is there a reason you'd suspect it's not?
Only that I was unable to see any markings whatever...
Yes it's a Badass bridge and I like it! Very easy to set up the intonation.
I'm pretty sure those are Gibson guitar knobs too, and I like them! Very easy to tweak while playing.
Well with no markings, and a Jazz neck on a P body...
Doh! Well, I guess I don't know much about MIM basses, maybe there was a period when they were using Jazz necks on P bodies?
But it still fits the common story of someone upgrading a MIM P bass - people often prefer J necks. But this is then dangerously close to the Ship of Theseus problem Basically, the only thing "original" to the bass might be the body, which you cannot identify/confirm. So my "upgrading a MIM P bass" story might be completely unfounded...
I'm sorry I'm not much help
So the neck, pickups, bridge and knobs are non-original. Does it even matter where the body came from?
Not really I guess... the important thing is it sounds and plays well!
Yep. It seems to me that the first thing that lots of people did with the early MIMs was to put a SD Bassline pup in it.
Agree, huge polepieces = SPB-3.
I’d have no reason not to believe it is some sort of Fender body. Most of the Squier bodies have no markings. If it is a MIM body, look for the tooling hole under the pick guard, like this:
This is a long shot, but if the pickup cavities have a lot of white residue, then the body is probably a MIM.
I had a 2001 MIM jazz and they were notorious for leaving lots of white polishing compound residue under the pick guard.
Can you post a picture of the back of the body? … and when you had the neck off, did you notice a CNC hole in the neck pocket?