Junkyard Dog

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dark Horse, Jun 11, 2017.

  1. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Just finishing this up ... need to put a logo on it, and button up a few little details. Anyway, this is a loosely based tribute to the ultra rare 1966 slab precision bass. I cut the body from super lightweight alder, and just like the 66 slabs, there are no contours. The originals were typically white with a black pickguard, so I used those as the basic colors, though obviously I interpreted it in a more artistic manner. I also veered from the regular Precision headstock, and did a tele style headstock. The reason I'm calling it a junkyard dog is because I just decided to use a bunch of random parts that I had here, instead of spending a bunch of cash on new parts. So it's a cool amalgamation of goodies, that comes together to form what I think is a pretty cool instrument.... She might not be pretty, but she definitely barks !

    *lightweight alder body
    *allparts neck - reshaped headstock
    *80s MIJ Fender tuners
    *50s Classic pickup
    *threaded saddle bridge
    *CTS pots
    *switchcraft jack
    *orange drop capacitor
    *matte finished pickguard
    *nitrocellulose lacquer finish
    * GHS Flats

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  2. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Nice! I really like the "white wash" finish.
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  3. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Dig it!

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  4. Dluxe

    Dluxe Guest

    Jan 9, 2011
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  5. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Thanks fellas !
  6. I dig it. Nice work!

    I bet that is fun to play.
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  7. Thegrandwazoo

    Thegrandwazoo Supporting Member

    Sep 8, 2013
    West Virginia
    How'd you antique that finish, super selective sanding or wiping it while still wet or what? Looks cool, and I've always loved the Tele headstock. I want to eventually build a Starcaster bass with a short-scale Tele headstock neck and Darkstars. I'll probably have to make the neck, so I guess I'll have to learn to do that, haha! Cool bass, man, I dig it. What kinda pickup?
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  8. Thegrandwazoo

    Thegrandwazoo Supporting Member

    Sep 8, 2013
    West Virginia
    Oh, I see. Nevermind.
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  9. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX

    I kept the surface a little rougher than I would if I were to finish it in a solid color. In other words, I didn't send it down to 400 or anything. And I sprayed it, and then sanded off the extra.

    Pickup is a fender pickup from a Classic 50s
  10. Thegrandwazoo

    Thegrandwazoo Supporting Member

    Sep 8, 2013
    West Virginia
    I also wondered if you'd somehow left high/low spots before finishing, but couldn't really figure out a way to have done that. Good idea, and cool results!
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  11. That is killer, personally I gotta have a J pickup in the bridge but id be all over that if it had one. The Slab P's are so awesome and rare, sad Ox killed like 3 of them ha.
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  12. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    That is a great looking bass sir! Congratulations!
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  13. It's really interesting and kinda weird seeing a slab body P that isn't first generation basses. I guess I wasn't aware of slab style P basses, so very cool I learned something today.

    I have put together a few parts basses from parts around the house, and it's great when they come together as beautiful as yours did.

    I'm getting the itch to build a first gen slab style p bass, and this really got my juices flowing. I'm going to have to get some parts rounded up this summer.

    I'm not sure if I like you or resent you for that. ;)

    Great looking bass regardless.
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  14. lbbc

    lbbc Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Seaford , DE
    Very cool!
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  15. Awesomer..........:D
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  16. Wesley R

    Wesley R Supporting Member

    Dandy indeed!
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  17. howlin


    Nov 15, 2008
    I'm Not There
    Uh, . . . no. Sorry. Slab body? No can do. 90's "Sante Fe wash" finish? It's just so "90's Sante Fe wash", sorry. But, hey, it's your bass, so what's not to like? :laugh:
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  18. It looks beautifully "f^cked up"! If you know what I'm sayin'. :cool::laugh:
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  19. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    Looks awesome.
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  20. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    I love it!
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