"Just build it" Mighty mite parts basses thread

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rdhbass, Jul 10, 2003.

  1. rdhbass


    Jun 28, 2003
    Springfield, mo
    HI all. I just wanted to find other people who have put together basses out of parts (excluding warmoth) and who like them. Got a neck for 64 bucks and a mighty mite body for 39 bucks (maple body). Has "new old stock" 70's P pickup (removeable covers) wound by seymour duncan when he worked for MM at "E-b*Y.com". (Lucky ME) The PU is killer!
    I see threads on people wanting to be "cost conscience" and never look to the parts bin basses. In my opinion these are every bit as good as a Mex Fender P. You could even put some killer preamps in these. Heck i know it's not real original to go this route, but i got a good deal on these parts and it plays fine. If any of you have any Franken-clones show some pics or tell us about it. Cool? Later.
  2. superphat


    Sep 30, 2001
    sounds like a great deal... where did you find 'em so cheap?

    how do you like the sound of a maple body?
    not too common...
    how does it compare to a typical alder-bodied P bass?
  3. rdhbass


    Jun 28, 2003
    Springfield, mo
    The maple is alright and i think this body is softer maple and the neck is hard maple. It is kinda bright which is okay but i may add another capacitor in my controls to get some more lows out of it. It weighs about what an alder one weighs. I went to the largest internet auction site "E-b*y.com". I would just spell it out for you but i don't want to advertise for them. You just have to watch alot for deals to come up. Lately these bodies have been selling in the 39-50 dollar range because they have a few scratches on them, (factory second?) but I buffed mine out with a polish. Its a fun thing to just put one together and everybody should give it a try.
  4. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I got the body and neck of unknown origin (and for the body - unknown wood content!) from Venemen Music at their "May Sale" in around 1989 for $75. Put together the bass with other spare parts and it ended up exceeding my expectations by a large margin, so I replaced all the parts one by one. You can see holes where I misplaced the original bridge, which I replaced with a Schaller. The pickup is a Fender Lace Sensor that I got for $25, and it sounds FANTASTIC. The bass plays good as well. The tuners are Mighty Mite black elephant ears. Over all a nice little P-Bass probably equivalent to a MIM or an Essex. Monetarily it's worthless, but I like it. :)