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Just got my new (used) P-bass! Observations...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lildrgn, Nov 6, 2001.


  1. lildrgn

    lildrgn

    Jul 11, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    Hey all,

    My ebay Pbass finally showed up and so far, all is good! I won it from a pawn shop and got a pretty good deal on it. The seller said it didn't work. I haven't had a chance to try it out yet but, thanks to someone at TB, think it just needs a new 9 volt.

    Some observations:
    1. whoever strung the bass didn't trim the ends of the strings. there's a ton of string on each tuning peg and the point where the strings go from super thin to not as thin is actually on the fretboard :p

    2. the frets are sticking out of the neck a bit. Don't know if that's due to the freezing UPS truck or what. I figure the neck will expand a bit.

    3. the neck is bowed a bit so I'll need to tweak the truss rod.

    4. need to put in a new batt.

    5. The previous owner put EMG pickups in it. Any tips or advice about them?

    6. Must get Dunlop locks!

    7. Made in Japan, serial # 1020649. Can anyone tell me when it was made based off that?

    I'll make a quick trip over to Mike Lull today and be back with more comments.

    Thanks!

    Gwon
     
  2. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Hmm... I don't think you have a preamp in that bass.

    You could always put a battery in the cavity and claim it gives you more sustain. :D ;)

    I suggest taking it to a tech to look at it.
    There's not many components in a passive bass, so it shouldn't be too expensive to fix.


    $.02
     
  3. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    umm... thats a passive bass dude. unless the EMGs are active, your problem will be with a pot soldered poorly or something else disconnected in the control cavity.
     
  4. lildrgn

    lildrgn

    Jul 11, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    Oops.. I guess I should have mentioned that it has active EMGs in it. The EMGs have a lead that had a 9 volt attached to it, but it may or may not have been dead. We'll see what happens!

    :D
     
  5. thumper

    thumper Guest

    I've been using pbasses for about 35 - 40 years with no problems. Take yours to Mike Lull and get him to check it out. Or you could do what I've done and swapped all my fenders for G & L's and I've never been disappointed. I've got 3 LB100's and a SB1. Mike is supposed to have a real good pbass out now bases on his old '59 model. Check it out. Just about every good bass player I know has an old pbass around. Lots of luck.
     
  6. thumper

    thumper Guest

    I've been using pbasses for about 35 - 40 years with no problems. Take yours to Mike Lull and get him to check it out. Or you could do what I've done and swapped all my fenders for G & L's and I've never been disappointed. I've got 3 LB100's and a SB1. Mike is supposed to have a real good pbass out now based on his old '59 model. Check it out. Just about every good bass player I know has an old pbass around. The Japanese fenders aren't bad, especially for the money. Lots of luck.