Look what I just finished building!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Paul A, May 4, 2004.

  1. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    Brand new ash Fender P Bass Body (American)
    Fender Jazz neck with reshaped headstock and graphite nut
    Hipshot D-Tuner
    Vintage Alnico PuPs
    3 ply pearl scratchplate
    Chrome rest
    Heavy Duty Chrome on brass Bridge
    Straplock buttons
    All cavities lined with copper foil.

    It sounds AWESOME!
    :hyper: :hyper: :bassist:
  2. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    Nearly forgot ..... It does this too!
  3. nice work. although i'd prefer red leds
  4. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    Yes it does, bright blue,they don't show too well in the pic as I can't suppress the flash on my camera.
    They are actually VERY bright.
  5. Sure you can, just put a piece of electrical tape over the flash
  6. By-Tor


    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA

    I perfer the blue over red.
  7. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    Thanks Hambone..... hadn't thought of that.
    This one's a little better. :)
  8. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    is that a SIMMS custom job on the LED's?
  9. Gsxtasy99


    Jul 10, 2003
    Boston, MA
    wow, that's a pretty cool bass. I've got the reverse of your bass, a black jazz with a P-bass neck. Is it routed in the back for the LED battery? Did you install them?

    Also, that pickguard is gorgeous!
  10. Gsxtasy99


    Jul 10, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Holy double post Batman!
  11. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    No it's not a simms job, I did it myself.
    It's actually VERY easy if you know how (You DONT need to remove the fretboard or ANY wood from the neck).
    The back isn't routed, the battery lives under the pickguard.
    You get about 20 or so hours from one 9 volt battery with the led's constantly on, so it should last for a good while until it needs replacing.
    I'm toying with the idea of putting a rechargeable in there and a small jack socket on the guard to plug in a charger.
  12. Rezdog

    Rezdog Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    T.Rez, Canada
    Greetings from the North,
    Beautiful Bass. Would it be possible to get a tutorial on how you installed the LED's. They look pretty cool and would be great to have for those of us that are visually impaired and don't have the funds for a SIMMS job.Thanks in advance.
  13. jja412

    jja412 Fine gear enthusiast

    Feb 2, 2004
    St. Louis
    HOW???? no wood from neck... no fingerboard removal...
    (scratches head)????????

    TELL US NOW!!!!!

  14. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    O.K. then .... as best as i can explain it.

    Drill out the position markers and down through the fret board.
    (Just the fretboard!)
    Guess whats hiding under there?
    Well, a little ways down under the wood is the truss rod channel.
    Drill down in the centre of where you just removed the position marker until you break into the channel.
    Use a drill that will give a hole big enough for the led to push into and be a tight fit.
    Now the cunning bit ......
    Use stiff enamelled copper wires to connect up the first led (about 22 guage I think).
    push the wires down the hole at angle and down the channel.
    With a little fiddling around you should see them under the next hole. (Yes this is the very fiddly time consuming part).
    I made a small hooked tool with some very stiff wire to snag them up.
    Connect up the next led and repeat the procedure all the way down the neck.
    The real fun begins at the double marker you'll have to drill at an angle and connect up (I used finer wire here).
    At the heel of the neck you'll need to drill an angled hole to bring the wires through.
    Test it out with a battery and with any luck all the leds should light!
    Finally push the led's down into the locating holes.
    Now you'll need a lens to fit over the leds.
    You could, I guess cut some clear or slightly opaque plastic.
    Here I was very lucky, I found some toy cars in the local Pound (Thrift?) shop.
    The headlights on them were fresnel lenses EXACTLY the right size!
    Half a dozen of them cost me £5 (8 dollars?).
    Well... thats how I did it, I don't know if it's the same way "Simms" do it but I'll bet it's similar(Bad pun).

    It is very time consuming and I did "operate" on a neck that if it all went horribly wrong wouldn't be too much of a disaster.
    So...... If you try it on that expensive Fodera neck or something I take no responsibility!

    Oh ...... total cost was about £15 (25 dollars or so)
    And about 20 hours work off and on.
  15. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    allright, I think I might be doing a bit of led work in my squier bass. I suppose side dots would not be hard either, but the fretboard ones will be first! That will bo so awesome! How did you figure to do that? I almost never would have thought of that!
  16. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    One thing I forgot to mention, you need to slacken the truss rod off before starting! :eek:
  17. Paul A

    Paul A

    Dec 13, 1999
    Hertfordshire U.K!
    Hmmm ..... I'm thinking with side dots maybe if youve already got fretboard leds, just drill a small diameter hole from the side of the neck right down to the led.
    You could then insert a piece of fibre optic,Instant side markers!

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Congrads , Nice Work.Pearliod is a great pick guard that i think just about goes with every finish. :bassist:
  19. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    that's a good odea. You could also do that with the marker dots if you had a diffuser lens if you just wanted a soft glow. Just install an led in the body to shoot down the length of the fibers. What kind of leds did you use, and where did you get them? Can we also get a close up of the leds without a lens if you happened to take a pic. If not, I want to see how it was with the lens.