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Let's See Your Hot-Rodded Cheapo Basses!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Monterey Bay-ss, Sep 28, 2018.

  1. Chuck King

    Chuck King Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2006
    I've had a few modded cheapies over the years (SXes, Deans, low-end Fenders) but the bass in this picture, an early-90s Peavey Fury, is the only one I still have, but I still play it regularly. I got it for $175 shipped through the TB classifieds some years back, and the only real hot-rodding I did to it was to put in a set of Bartolini P-bass pickups. The Barts added some low-end oomph that was missing with the stock pickups. It's now one of the best P-style basses (with a skinny J-style neck) that I've ever played.
  2. Monterey Bay-ss

    Monterey Bay-ss Supporting Member

    It's not the only bass he uses, but my cousin has had his Fury in regular rotation for a quarter century (and he's not even old).
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  3. ejaggers


    Aug 18, 2009
    Hurst, tx
    Here are 3 of my hot rods:

    Started out a Bronco, ended up a Musicmaster, modelled after a Squier Vista:
    o 2009 Squier Bronco Body and Neck
    o Ping Tuners
    o Custom Bronco Musicmaster Headstock Decals
    o Veneered the PG in Maple
    o Custom 4 pole 7.6k noiseless Pickup by John Benson
    o Wiring harness with 250k CTS pots, .047 orange drop cap wired to the pickup
    o Switchcraft output jack
    o Black PUP and PG screws
    o Black witch hat knobs
    o 4 saddle thur body bridge

    Started out a Bronco, ended up a Mustang, modelled after a '79 Fender Composition Mustang:
    o Red Bronco Bass
    o Mustang metal control plate
    o Fender Mustang pickup
    o Mustang pickguard – local luthier custom made and came out perfect
    o Mustang bridge
    o Hipshot lite Lollipop tuners
    o Competition stripe
    o Mustang Headstock decal
    o Mustang knobs

    Started out a EB-0, modelled after a 2015 Gibson SG:
    o SG bridge pickup added
    o SG wiring harness
    o Paisley pickguard
    o SG Fret Markers
  4. Monterey Bay-ss

    Monterey Bay-ss Supporting Member

    Now make a Bronco into a P-J with lollipops and a paisley pickguard!
  5. Holy Smokes !!

    I thought I was done with hot rodded P-basses.
    L to R

    Squier Telebass body,Kmise jazz neck,super loud Warman humbucker.
    Thomann PB-50 refinished in Paisley pink,2 saddle bridge,TI jazz flats, Jess Louerio split coil single PU.
    Another PB-50. 2 saddle bridge.La Bella black tapes. Herrick alnico V single coil.
    PB-50 with Peavey Super Ferrite single coil and TI jazz flats.

    More than enough for anyone :D

    Not one has broke the £200 mark.
  6. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Not cheap but then again, not too pricey either. Took a new CAR Cabronita and gave it the @God's Favorite Bass treatment and then some. All the gory details, if you’re interested:
    NBD- CAR Cabronita

    From this.......

    To this.......
  7. kohanmike

    kohanmike Gold Supporting Member

    Here's another one of my mods; an ESP LTD F junior guitar that I had Ballona Creek Lutherie convert to a 21" scale bass for $300. I saw it online for $189 and decided I'd have a "metal" bass in my collection. I provided the bridge and tailpiece, which is a little too big, but I wanted to cover the 6 string-through holes. I also provided the chrome pickup cover, truss rod cover and tuners. I again used LaBella/Gold Tone 25" flatwound strings and added an anchor on the back so they would fit. To complete the metal look, I bought a studded strap. All in it was about $475.

    ESP Jr 840.
    ESP LTD F-Jr. Bass 875.
    ESP LTD F-Jr. Bass back 875.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2018
  8. $299 Ray 4.
    EMG Pickup and Preamp w/ push pull splitter switch
    Custom black EBMM knobs
    Matching black pick guard screws
    Hipshot Ultralight tuners
    99 cent EBMM Waterslide Decal sealed in a clear nitro finish

    Plays Unbelievably well.

    Last edited: Oct 2, 2018
  9. CV51 body
    So sexxxy!
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  10. CV51...used a MIM Cabronita bass neck, tuners, and bridge from a body I sold, Duncan QP single coil and a bunch of pearly bits. Repurposed the CV neck and tuners with an Am Std bridge onto a VM Precision (telebass) body for a 2 for 1 budget win. 36909267_1763983910357451_2899566411900780544_n. 37074010_1763974317025077_606127538820874240_n.
  11. Matt Freeman neck and tuners, StewMac body, e-bay Duncan's, and the rest from the parts drawer in the kitchen. Clocks in under 400 bones and maximum fun. Great bass. 37081891_1763998980355944_8723750886586712064_n.
  12. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Interesting solution for using long gauge strings - but (for me) the bridge-stop right where it is isn't something I'd do. I can feel it hitting my body in a most uncomfortable way... (otherwise - it's cool)
  13. Ghook


    Sep 25, 2018
    Eastern US
    Ok...My Yamaha RB170. Simple...I did the blacked out routine.
    Tuners, Bridge,Knobs,Strings. Was going to replace pups but they sound great to my ears. RB170Yamaha. YamahaRB170.
  14. Ghook


    Sep 25, 2018
    Eastern US
    Both are incredibly great looking :)
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  15. kohanmike

    kohanmike Gold Supporting Member

    I just realized that the position of the stop in that photo was when I used 30" scale strings. When I went to the 25" I moved the stop much closer to the string-through holes but I never took a photo of it. I also ground down the stop to the minimum sticking out and don't have a problem against my stomach.
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  16. ejaggers


    Aug 18, 2009
    Hurst, tx
    That pink Paisley is awesome. Did you do the refin?
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2018
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  17. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    I recently made a ss 5'r and threaded the B-string to the back of the body to keep it tight. I routed a channel for it so the string was below the surface. It was a prototype so after this pic I shortened the channel a bit so the silk threading was above the nut.

  18. I did,took 4 attempts :laugh:
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  19. kohanmike

    kohanmike Gold Supporting Member

    Good work. I had a custom Tele guitar style 22" scale bass made for $800 and had him make a covered recess on the back to do the same. My other mods didn't warrant that kind of work so I just use plates of one sort or another.

  20. Monterey Bay-ss

    Monterey Bay-ss Supporting Member

    Y E S

    Let me know if you ever want to sell this one :bassist:

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