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I'm want to drill my MIJ Fender Jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by petersenbass, Apr 6, 2009.

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    I thought the title might get some attention to my question.

    I just got a great deal on a 1988-98 MIJ Fender Jazz Bass.
    I have a pickup cover I'd like to put on it. The pickguard has the screw holes, but the holes are not drilled. Is there any certain way I should drill them? Should i just choose the appropriate sized bit and go ahead?

    Also, the bass has two knicks down to the wood. Both are
    1 sq cm or smaller. It's an olympic white paint job. Is there
    a way to simply protect these knicks from growing? A little white primer? Should I leave it alone and call it a Relic?

    Lastly, I'm thinking of dropping in an Audre Z3 into it......
    I'd like to have some EQ/blend options, but still be able to get a old-school vibe.

    Thanks in advance for the advice.

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  2. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    Yes... just drill them out... use a smaller size bit than you think is right, just to get the screws to bite. I'd leave the nicks, all part of the mojo.

    I put a J Retro in mine... it blew me away!

    BTW... your bass is invisible without piccys!
  3. Attempted touch-ups and repairs to dings and dents always seem to look worse than the ding or dent would have. Personally, I'd just leave them and consider them a part of the bass' character.
  4. I guess the nicks won't cause any major problems.One is on the body right on the neck joint. I love it so far. I've been playing either a 5 or 6 string for the last several years. It's nice to own a 4banger again!

    I have access to a Audere 3-band on a jazz plate(JZ3) for a good price....hmmm
  5. I love the Oly White/tort combination, especially with a rosewood board. I can honestly say that's the only time I think tort is the best choice in a pickguard. Nice looking piece of equipment you have there.
  6. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    Yes... a beaut! Post piccys when you've done the mods.
  7. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    Lakland Artist Endorser
    If you are concerned with finish damage spreading, rather than a touch up you might try super glue under the paint edges if they are loose. Use a pin or a hypo. Phil Kubicki did this on a bass I sent him, a neat trick if you are careful.

    You jazz is pretty, I am partial to that combo.:D

  8. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Why do you need a p'up cover? It looks good the way it is... And with the irrational appreciation that Fenders get, I'd not change a thing.
  9. It turns out I forgot I gave the pickup cover to someone else. I realized it after I looked for it for an hour :)

    I just got an Audere installed, and I'm happy. I'm going to forget the pup cover.

    QUESTION... the only thing left I want to do is get rid of some slight imperfections
    on the back of the neck. Can I just use 0000 steel wool to clear up the neck?
    What does one use to make it a satin finish???
  10. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    Awh man, my post got deleted. My bad, it was dirty.

    Im having the same problem. I want to drill into my Geddy. I plan on keeping it with me forever..
  11. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    Lakland Artist Endorser
    Yes, I've done this and it works like a charm.

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