I made a James Jameson style precision bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Donnix82, Aug 2, 2020.

  1. Donnix82


    Nov 26, 2016
    I got a Squier Classic Vibe 60s precision bass, 3 color burst with the tortoiseshell guard. Then all I did was add the chrome fender pickup and bridge covers along with a finger rest. I really like the stock pickup, fender redesigned all of the pickups for the new squier cv line. I might string it up with some flats. Here it is:

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  2. HearNoStevil

    HearNoStevil Inactive

    Jul 17, 2020
    Don't lie. Carol Kaye made that bass.
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  3. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    Flats and ridiculously high action, or it's not a Jamerson.
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  4. HearNoStevil

    HearNoStevil Inactive

    Jul 17, 2020
    Don't forget full of filth and grime!
  5. That is EXACTLY the right bass for the job. I have plans to do one myself, with the exception I'll put a Lindy in it. Congrats.
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  6. Donnix82


    Nov 26, 2016
    I got rounds on it now, I’m just going for a general look, the ridiculously high action will not be happening.
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  7. Donnix82


    Nov 26, 2016
    Thanks, put up a pic of yours when it’s done, that Lindy is an excellent choice if you want to change out the stock pickup.
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  8. FishDub

    FishDub Stuck in the 80s and happy about it Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    I dont blame you on the high action but you must get TI flats or Labella Flats at least..
  9. zie

    zie Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2014
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Today August 2 is the day James Jamerson passed away in 1983.
  10. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Praise the Lord... (can I get an amen?)
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  11. zie

    zie Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2014
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  12. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Punch'n Ooomph Supporting Member

    He still da man.
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  13. MVE


    Aug 8, 2010
    Ain’t no Mountain came through the tiny speaker in my alexa this morning and I was really blown away by how prominent the bass still was in the “mix”.
    Its really amazing that so many of those songs were mixed live to two tracks... albeit they did record many many takes.
    Awesome tribute build, btw.
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  14. I’m just glad that July is finally over, too damned hot!.
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  15. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Nice! Really cool. Love the bumper shine.
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  16. Nice bass! Now get the extra heavy LaBella flats and loosen your truss rod so the neck bows forward. Then slather the strings and fingerboard with pizza and mayonnaise and maybe some peanut butter and work it in good. Lock it up in your car parked in the sun for a few hours on a really hot day so the neck can take on that forward bow real good and it should help bake the funk in too. Then play that thing with your index finger and let that sweet, sweet funky bass change the world forever!
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  17. howlin


    Nov 15, 2008
    I'm Not There
    Did you put some foam under the bridge cover?
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  18. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    Didn't Jamerson also carve something into his bass? "Funk Machine" or something?
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  19. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    The interesting thing is that your bass is really almost the same as Jamerson's, except that the body is poplar instead of alder.
    He simply used an off-the-shelf, brand new Precision. Of course, every specimen is a bit different, mainly due to the particular piece of wood. But it's always fascinating to me that no "custom" Fenders or high-grade copies (Sadowsky, etc.) existed then, and he did what he did with what was basically a mass-produced "toy" (at least in the mind of jazz upright players like him). Also, there were no "vintage" Fender basses in 1962. The oldest one would have been eleven years old!
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  20. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 vaxx! Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    North AMERICA, USA
    Gotta throw a set of La Bella flats on it and only play with your index finger close to the neck.
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