Highway One Precision - Heavily Modified

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fourstringdrums, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Massachusetts
    I don't have any "Before" pictures of my actual bass, but this is what it looked like before:

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    I've spent the last few weeks modding it, and at this point, pretty much nothing is stock except for the body, neck, knobs, tuners and strap buttons.

    -Took out the stock pickups and replaced them with Nordstrand NP4's that I bought from Jay at Bluberry Hill Bass (who was awesome to work with btw). I also took out the Greasebucket tone control and put in an Orange Drop .1uf. Before these mods I never soldered before and I think it turned out pretty good. It works, so I gotta be happy with that :)

    The tone is incredible now. The stock pickups were a bit muddy, and with the Greasebucket control the tone control didn't have a whole lot of variation between cut and boost. It also didn't have that warm grind that a P bass is known for. Now with the NP4's, the strings are perfectly balanced all over the neck, and I have a ton of range between tone cut and boost. I can go from dark, warm, and pillowy with the tone cut all the way to a nasty, open grind with the tone all the way open, while still retaining the P bass bottom and rounded highs that these basses are known for.

    -Removed the BadAss II bridge and installed a Highway One vintage bridge.

    -Replaced the stock parchment pickguard with a '62 RI Red Tort from www.basspartsresource.com

    -Installed pickup and bridge covers. I had to bend the pickup cover in order to get it line up with the holes in the pickguard (pre-drilled) and clear the strings. It looks to be bent lopsided in the "down the neck" picture but I don't think it is. Strange :)

    -Added a Fender tug bar.

    -Changed the stock blank neck plate for a 70's F plate.

    -Installed Fender 9050ML's

    I'm going to try and get some mp3's at a later date, but I need to figure out the best way to record using my Zoom H4 and wait until I can record something decent.

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  2. Bulltrout

    Bulltrout Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2007
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Classy looking bass. I like it.
     
  3. GeneralElectric

    GeneralElectric

    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    It looks nice, but you need a smaller logo. It looks weird with the big one.
     
  4. selfblessed

    selfblessed

    Dec 29, 2006
    Phoenix, AZ
    Oh yeah I forgot to mention...

    Nice looking bass. Very classy.
     
  5. selfblessed

    selfblessed

    Dec 29, 2006
    Phoenix, AZ
    I am a sucker for P Bass's now.
     
  6. GeneralElectric

    GeneralElectric

    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    Like mine?
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  7. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Massachusetts
    I actually really like this logo. The smaller, non curvey logos look strange to me.

    Nice bass for you as well. Is that an original '57?
     
  8. Valerus

    Valerus

    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    Saw it in the Highway show off thread. I'm loving the mods man.
     
  9. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Massachusetts
    Thanks. Yeah I've already plastered it on the necessary Show-Off//Club Threads *lol*
     
  10. selfblessed

    selfblessed

    Dec 29, 2006
    Phoenix, AZ
    GE...
    YES!!!
    Very Nice.
     
  11. GeneralElectric

    GeneralElectric

    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY

    Its a 1982 I found in a pawnshop in NOS condition for $400 about 7 years ago in California.

    I wish it was a real 57.:smug:
     
  12. Valerus

    Valerus

    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    No joke. It's a cool looking (and hopefully sounding) bass you've got. :cool:
     
  13. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Massachusetts
    Did you modify it to look like a '57?

    It's pretty relic'd looking for only a 7 year old bass, but it looks nice. I used to see basses that were beat to hell and cringe, but now mostly on Fender P's and J's I appreciate how they add character.
     
  14. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Massachusetts
    Oh yeah it sounds incredible. I'll get mp3's up eventually, I'll probably use my Zoom H4 and cab mic my Ashdown with it. I haven't figured out how to record direct on it without distorting yet.
     
  15. GeneralElectric

    GeneralElectric

    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    Its a Fullerton era 57 RI from 1982. My body just tends to melt nitro.:meh:

    This was it when I bought it.
     
  16. GeneralElectric

    GeneralElectric

    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
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  17. i want a p bass exactly like that but i can never bring myself to get a second bass
     
  18. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Massachusetts
    Well if it makes you feel better I think it looks better now.
     
  19. GeneralElectric

    GeneralElectric

    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    Thanks. I just bought a Highway One on TB. I'm paying it off as we speak :)
     
  20. Great looking bass. I recently bought a highway one p bass and I'm looking to do alot of the same things you did.

    Glad to see it worked out