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MIM Jazz makeover options!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mystic38, Apr 1, 2013.

Silk purse from a sow's ear?..

Poll closed Apr 11, 2013.
  1. Modern : tortoiseshell pickguard and call it a day

    7 vote(s)
  2. Old school : 62RI neck, vintage while pickguard

    3 vote(s)
  3. Ninja : Black bridge, control plate, pickguard & tuners

    6 vote(s)
  4. Carrot Jazz

    2 vote(s)
  1. mystic38


    Dec 4, 2012
    Mystic CT
    So, I picked up a 1998 MIM jazz as a project bass.

    Black body, white pickguard, nice neck and rosewood fretboard... cosmetically perfect, but quite possible the worst sounding bass money couldnt buy.

    So.. I will route the bridge cavity, do a complete shielding job, clean and finish the fretboard and frets, replace the nut with tusq, and install a pair of N3 noiseless pups..

    So here the fun stuff... any other ideas & comments pls post.

    1. Change to tortoiseshell pickguard & call it quits
    2. add a 62RI neck and vintage white pickguard..old school
    3. Ninja Version ..black pickguard, black control plate, black bridge and tuners.
    4. the required carrots option... orange body, green head!
  2. christle


    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    I had one years back with the same colour options. I went Ninja and blacked it out. However a nice tort pickguard would work well, giving it a nice flair. Still I vote for blacking it out...
  3. There's plenty of colourful/graphic guard designs at www.coloriffic.com
    (No affiliation, just well pleased with their products)
    Doesn't hurt to look !
  4. I have a 2010 MIM Jazz in Black and Maple, black PG, chrome hardware.
    Very happy with the looks.
  5. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City

    If you don't like the sound, I would definitely try changing the strings before you move on to replacing the pickups.

    As for pickguards, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a sucker for a mirror finish one.
  6. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    I had to vote "ninja". However, the right pickguard might to break up the monotony. Maybe a black pearl or a Warmoth pickguard to add a little highlight. For example, a black/red/black guard to give it a small, but noticeable red "pinstripe" around the edge. Something like this…

    Warmoth black-red-black pickguard.
  7. Signs


    Jan 11, 2011
    Muskegon, MI

    That's a beautiful bass. Black, black, maple and chrome is hard to beat...
  8. That's a pretty cool looking pg!
  9. Thanx, Signs.
    My favorite without a doubt.
    Stock for the most part.
  10. overbybr

    overbybr Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Tort pg,chrome neck pup cover, and a Vol/Blend/Tone control plate (chrome of course)
  11. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    That's what I thought when I first saw it. If I ever get into a "playin' live" situation (not likely, I'm still learning AND a drummer first and foremost) I would love to get a Blacktop Jazz (in black…duh!) and put that black/red/black pickguard on it. It might cost me a bit though, since it's a Jazz guard with Precision pickups. I'd probably have to send the original to Warmoth and have them dupe it.
  12. Yup, one of my personal favourite jazz colour combos.
  13. Yep,
    I wouldnt mind finding a nice MIM P bass with the same, or close to the same, scheme.
  14. Liam76


    Dec 28, 2012
    I did black pearloid on my darkish-blue (nearly Purple) MIM years ago. Took some work to make it fit, but turned out great.

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