It may be blashpemy

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Slocum138, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. Slocum138


    Mar 26, 2011
    I purchased a jazz bass off eBay for 220$ It is a 3 color bust and the guy wasnt sure if it was made in Mexico or not. The decal on the headstock had been scratched off but it left a tan line of the fender logo an I could see that the serial numbers started with a m. I took the neck off and the body and neck were both stamped april 1994. I figured that it was a Mexican made bass but I could care either way, the bass played well and felt great. I decided since I hadn't invested much into it that I would make some changes/ upgrades. That way not only would it handle well but also sound exactly how I wanted it. I am installing 2 Seymour Duncan baseline musicman pick ups and adding a 3 channel passive/ active preamp. Genuine schaller tuners replaced my low end ones. And I'm switching out the bridge for a full contact babicz. I'm sure some will respond, if you like the musicman sound, why not just buy one, but I like the look and feel of the jazz bass and just made everything I wanted to a t in under 1000.00
  2. Slocum138


    Mar 26, 2011
    And I realize I spelled blasphemy wrong :)
  3. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Sounds like good upgrades to me.
  4. Big_Daddy


    Nov 24, 2010
    Central Alberta
    Pics or such a bass doesn't exist.

    Also, whatever makes you happy. There are some 'upgrades' people do that make me cringe, but this isn't one of them.
  5. Slocum138


    Mar 26, 2011
    Thanks! As soon as I complete it, I'll post a pic. ( waiting on the bridge to ship.) also I'm refinishing the headstock After putting a new decal on. But I will ASAP
  6. Slocum138


    Mar 26, 2011
    Bridge installed and headstock refinished . I'll install the pickups, preamp and tuners and post pics when finished.

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  7. Slax


    Nov 5, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    Sounds like some cool upgrades to me! Can't wait to see the final product.
  8. cottonfever


    Dec 4, 2008
    Dont worry,Mexican Fender's dont count when being re-sold,make all the mods you want ,keeping it original really only applies to older basses,sig models or Custom shop basses,Mex is a bass really not seen as a value holding bass and since no-one really goes nuts over older models, its not really hurting a bass thats in demand.
  9. Slocum138


    Mar 26, 2011
    Just installed pickups, with a little help from a dremel. Checked out spacing and this should be close to what I want. Preamp is next

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  10. Slocum138


    Mar 26, 2011
    Preamp was a little bit of a pain. A well cut pickguard will complete this, gonna take my time since this part is solely about ascetic. More pics when it's finished( I am aware that I am the only one who gives a **** at this point)

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  11. Im interested. Keep me updated.
  12. Want blasphemy? Here goes: that's the first jazz bass I've ever been interested in.. awesome looks with the double MMs. Black pick guard?
  13. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    That was quite a good one actually!:D
  14. Slocum138


    Mar 26, 2011
    And..... Done.

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  15. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    except for strings...;)

    Looks great, how does it sound?
  16. SactoBass

    SactoBass A retired civil engineer who likes all-tube amps!

    Jul 8, 2009
    Lake Havasu City, AZ
    That is cool!
  17. That looks badass.

    I'm curious to know what you think of the Babicz bridge once you've got strings on and you've played it for a bit.
  18. Slocum138


    Mar 26, 2011
    Hahaha, yes I still need to string it. I'll plug in and give an honest review as well.
  19. Rush-2112


    Dec 14, 2008
    New York City
    Wow. That looks amazing!
  20. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    Looks quite cool I think
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