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my awesome new Atkinson mahogany P/J bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pbassnut, Apr 30, 2010.


  1. pbassnut

    pbassnut Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2004
    Falls Church, VA
    I took delivery on an Atkinson P/J bass a while back and now that I've been able to play a buncha gigs with it, I thought I'd write about it. First of all, if you wanna see a picture of it, it is shown in the following link (it's the walnut tint P/J with the below blurb associated with it):

    http://atkinsonbasses.com/gallery.htm

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    My first P/J bass! Mahogany body and neck, ebony fretboard, walnut nitro finish with matching headstock, DiMarzio pickups, and Gotoh bridge. Tone for days. And classy as they come!
    >>

    I got the "inspiration" for this bass upon trying out a _really_ beat early 80's Hamer Cruise Bass which is an all mahogany, set neck Fender P/J type bass with a DiMarzio Model P pickup in the traditional location and a DiMarzio Model J pickup in the "70's J" bridge position. I had Dan Atkinson of Atkinson Basses make it for me and he did a fantastic job. The body and neck are both USA Custom Guitars parts and they knocked it outta the park for me. The neck heel/pocket fit is tight and everything lines up exactly as it should. In addition, they picked out a lightweight piece of mahogany for me so the bass comes in at less than 10 pounds (which is quite reasonable for mahogany). This is truly a "custom shop" bass for reg'ler folk money (just over $1000). I chose exactly what hardware, parts and electronics I wanted it made out of practically down to the screws ... including my choice of strings and Dan located all the parts and put it together for me. I was very particular with the configuration details I wanted the bass to have and Dan made every effort to honor my wishes. In addition, Dan does nitro finishes which typically sound better than many of the thicker finishes out there so this bass is D-LUX in every way. It plays really well and has a nice, deep (but not muddy) tone that I'm very pleased with. I dig it so much, I might hafta have Dan make me a mid 50's single coil type P-Bass in order to utilize the USACG maple/rosewood Tele Bass neck I have layin' around gathering dust ... God help him. ;^)
     
  2. j.kernodle

    j.kernodle Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    Congrats! Thats a great looking bass and I'm sure it plays and sounds amazing.

    I'm gonna have Dan do a Nitro finish Replacement body for my favorite Fender P neck. He seems like a nice guy thru email and is so reasonable.
     
  3. sowegafly

    sowegafly

    Mar 25, 2010
    That is a beautiful bass!! I just ordered a jazz from Mr Dan Atkinson and I am truly excited about it. Its gonna be a long 4 to 6 weeks!!
     
  4. SMW17

    SMW17

    Mar 5, 2010
    East Tennessee
    That is a beautiful bass!

    I'm currently reducing my music room inventory in order to get the scratch up to have Mr. Dan build a bass of my very own. The hard part is gonna be narrowing the list of a dozen instruments I "want" down to only one.
     
  5. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Congrats - Dan does great work !
     
  6. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    You can do a mahogany (or anything other than maple) neck?

    One of my favorite Fenders I've owned was a 1982 Walnut Precision Special, great feel, great look, but I never played it much. It was in really, really good shape, so much so, I was kinda afraid to gig it, so I sold it for a good price to someone who I knew would baby it a bit.

    I'd LOVE an all-walnut P, satin finish this time, and passive 62 reissue pickups. Kinda my "dream bass".
     
  7. That sounds killer. The only thing is, walnut is HEAVY. Going all walnut would probably push the weight to around 11 pounds. But it would look sweet!
     
  8. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Yeah, I think a walnut top on a mahogany body would still give the same look, but may resonate better and be lighter. I had a mahogany-bodied G&L, and that sounded GREAT and wasn't all that heavy.

    But I actually am not bothered by heavy basses, I never really paid attention to the weight until I started hanging around TB...
     
  9. pbassnut

    pbassnut Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2004
    Falls Church, VA
    The early 80's Hamer Cruise was the overall inspiration for this project from a sonic perspective, but the early 80's Fender Walnut Precision Special was the inspiration for the look I went for. I played one of those Walnut Precisions at a house party/jam last year and it was a killer sounding bass. Warmoth makes walnut bodies and necks, but I would _strongly_ recommend that you pay the upcharge (probably 50 bucks) for them to select a relatively lightweight piece of walnut for the body. Your back will thank you some day for the favor. ;^)
     
  10. pbassnut

    pbassnut Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2004
    Falls Church, VA
    You might start paying more attention to it more as you get into your mid 50's like I am. ;^)
     
  11. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    I'm 54!!!

    But I don't gig anymore, all writing, jamming and recording. Hell, I'll sit down!
     
  12. Slax

    Slax

    Nov 5, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    Pbassnut, Dan's work on you bass is what made me shoot him an e-mail about finishing my bass body.

    That bass looks incredible!
     
  13. pbassnut

    pbassnut Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2004
    Falls Church, VA
    Good move ... Dan'll do a great job for you.
     

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