Look Familiar??? Your thoughts???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MeHitDrum, Dec 24, 2014.

  1. MeHitDrum


    May 6, 2014
    This is one of my project basses. It started its life off as a 70's PJ. Look familiar????
    Don't ever let me get board "cause this is what happens.
    It plays and sounds wonderful. I'm not finished with the mods to it. Plan on putting some Aguilar pups in it, then I'm done and on to the next project. This one will never be up for sale though.

    Your thoughts???
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  2. RED J

    RED J Lol

    Jan 23, 2000
    I'll keep my thoughts to myself, other than happy you are enjoying it :thumbsup:
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  3. MeHitDrum


    May 6, 2014
    Really love to hear your thoughts...good or bad.
  4. MeHitDrum


    May 6, 2014
    Ha ha! Nice! ...I know it's not for everyone, but I do like the way it sounds...regardless. It was a fun project.
  5. RED J

    RED J Lol

    Jan 23, 2000
    I'm not really a fan of relic jobs. I'd go for a full hippy dippy strippy refin. ;)
  6. Andii Syckz

    Andii Syckz

    Jan 2, 2011
    Looks nice, but i'd go for chrome hardware, not black, especially on a fender bass. Light relic perhaps but only very light, but then again, i'd never relic my own bass just for tha sake of having a relic. Id gig and tour for 30-50 years then ill have my relic. xD
  7. nerkoids


    Jan 3, 2014
    Those tuners look like a black version that are on my VM 70s Jazz bass.

  8. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    Purely my own personal opinion: I wouldn't have gone so heavy around all the edges(body and headstock), there's not many hard edges left and the treatment is very uniform. I dig the white over red, I probably wouldn't have exposed the body wood so much though as the variety of tones make it appear that it may be laminate.
  9. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    You based this off of Scott Devine's Custom Shop relic bass? I really like the looks of that bass, and your version isn't too shabby either. Clearly, it won't be loved by everyone, but that is what art is, right? Something that evokes an emotional response - good or bad.

  10. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    I'd buy it and never sell it if it sounds as good as it looks.
    Nice pickup combination, nice color combination and I almost always prefer black hardware.
    Being a fan of East Gloves Customs I think it's a rather mild relic...just about perfect.
    Sure, some people don't like relics, but I'd take a nice MIM relic, for instance, over almost any similar off-the-rack MIM that I can find on ebay or at Guitar Center any day of the week.
  11. MeHitDrum


    May 6, 2014
    Ka-ching, we have a winner! And thank you for posting the picture from Scott’s site. Me and another guy in my band got the idea from Scotts re-issue ’69 heavy relic P-Bass.
    It basically started as an art project that we could work on together. It’s not for sale; it’s just been a lot of fun to work out mimicking a pre-existing Fender Custom Shop piece. His is about as “heavy-relic” as I’ve ever seen; It’s a love/hate thing for sure.
    Of course the black hardware is not at all “period”, it’s just what I had to work with. I took off the Fender chrome hardware and have kept it safe. I’ve been experimenting with Muriatic acid, on some cheap chrome hardware. When I have it right, I’ll relic the original hardware and put it all together along with the new pup.
    So… it’s the Fender PJ bass that never was. Just the way it is it’s got tone for days and we like it…so there you go…
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  12. dtsamples

    dtsamples Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2010
    Wilmington, DE
    I think it looks slick man, I love the black hardware with the brass saddles. Looks like a new school vintage style a la Callowhill or something. I'd play it for sure.
  13. Matty Koff

    Matty Koff Inactive

    Aug 21, 2014
    Ok.. now I'm gassing for a P-bass... I've never been a Fender guy, maybe because I've been playing bass no where near as long as I played guitar.. but wow that thing's tone is simply amazing.
  14. 5not4


    Sep 7, 2000
    Flint, MI
    I'm curious, how do you have the controls set up? VVT or a blend?
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  15. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    I dig it. I like P/J's and relics, so there. I think relic'd vintage style hardware would look better, but thats me. Have fun.
  16. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    It is passive, right, like the Tony Franklin, but no switch?
  17. MeHitDrum


    May 6, 2014
    OK a couple of you guys mentioned the black hardware. All I can say is I'm a sucker for black "Black is the new black".
    I find myself torn between making it a complete period peace by relicing the hardware and leaving it with the black hardware which I like even more now that it's on there.

    I think this thing is a rescue puppy!
    I'm sure a lot of you guys have basses that of been giged and plain beat to poopie. You put nice hardware on them and they plays even better. This is the same deal. Examp...I got a solid black Badass IV bridge I'd like to put on it; I just know it'll feel and sound better than the vintage bridge.

    Should've been presented as a pole...
  18. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    Nice bass ---could use a new paint job.

    I like natural wood finishes
  19. MeHitDrum


    May 6, 2014
    Right now it's a classic passive PJ bass = Vol, Vol, Tone
    But since I bastardized it and I'm going to keep it, it's going to become an active bass with a 3-band EQ with Aguilar pre & pups.
  20. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    For a second I could have sworn that was the bass my ex-wife hit me with back in 79' so yeah it looked very familiar :) I have to say you really did a nice job on that replica congrats and those Aggie pups should sound really nice.