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My Modded "Double Reverse P" Essex

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Arvin, Apr 23, 2009.


  1. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    On the bench
    I recently picked up an Essex P, and did some fun mods to it.Here's a pic of it, stock:

    002.

    I disassembled it, and re-routed the pickup slot, plus added a new one:

    015.

    016.

    IMG_0123.

    The new pickguard is plexiglas, with silver-gray metalflake paint on the bottom side of it:

    IMG_0122.

    Here's the finished bass:

    IMG_0131.

    IMG_0132.

    Vital Stats:
    The neck, and its hardware are stock
    The bridge is stock
    Neck pickup: Duncan Vintage for P-Bass (SPB-1)
    Bridge pickup: Duncan Quarter Pounder for P-Bass (SPB-3)
    Each pickup has its own volume control - CTS 250K pots
    The master tone control is a CTS 250K, modified to no-load at full up
    Orange drop .047uF cap on the tone control
    The knobs are J-bass knobs from Allparts
    The switch is a Gibson; I think it's the one they put in SG's
    Switchcraft jack, mounted on the side
    I put a set of D'Addario XL Nickel Wound Rounds on it

    I can't put this thing down! It plays and sounds great. :D
     
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  2. kool!
     
  3. Ezbass

    Ezbass

    Apr 3, 2008
    U.K.
    Very nice work and all you're own as well. I chickened out and am currently having my 2nd P p/up fitted professionally at a very reasonable rate. I've gone for the SD Vintage P for the extra p/up but leaving the Fender one as is and I'm going for the 2 p/ups in the trad layout like an Elite II, but the extra p/up is further from the bridge. Here's my bad mock up I did in Photobucket, hopefully I'll the real thing back tomorrow.

    PV2-1.
     
  4. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    On the bench
    That's going to be cool, Ezbass. I look forward to seeing a pic of it when you get it back.

    I think you'll like the tone, too. Mine's been a whole lot of fun -- very fat and full, with some zing on top.
     
  5. Nicely done. After owning several double P pup BC Riches and currently a double P Electra, I will vouch that the combination ROCKS!! :bassist:
     
  6. erix

    erix

    Sep 24, 2005
    Washington DC
    I don't know about the sound but IMHO the double P config is not that great visually, it looks rather "unbalanced".
    Nice job anyway.
     
  7. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Damn! I wish I wasn't powertool phobic.

    I want one of those. :)
     
  8. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I think yer jealous.
     
  9. I likes it. Yup. :cool:
     
  10. T40Chump

    T40Chump

    Jul 12, 2008
    Plano, TX
    Very cool. Maybe I'll do mine.
     
  11. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    OH/WV
    It looks off to me, like the bridge pup is too close to the bridge.
     
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  12. honestjohnny

    honestjohnny

    Nov 24, 2006
    Very cool!
     
  13. BobXboB

    BobXboB Banned

    Sep 25, 2007
    OMG You destroyed a perfectly good SX!!! (in 30 years someone will read this post and think I was a visionary)

    Actually I like what you did, contrary to what most musicians do you made something unique.
     
  14. jufros

    jufros

    Nov 24, 2008
    How do you like the QP in the bridge? I have a double P and was thinking about changing pickups.
     
  15. Scrap wood is free or cheap. Practice until you get it right on scrap, then go for the bass body. Powertools are your friend :D
     
  16. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    Looks like nice work.

    I've never played a bass with a reversed P pickup but I was always intrigued with the idea. Any way to post sound clips?
     
  17. I always felt that the reversed P pickup thing should have been the "correct" way to have them configured... Just to help balance out the lighter strings with the heavier strings...
     
  18. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    Yep, that's exactly what intrigued me about the idea.
     
  19. By-Tor1000RR

    By-Tor1000RR

    Jul 17, 2008
    Stamford, CT
    Looks great! I really like how you did the pickguard.
     
  20. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    This is VERY nicely done! I have long thought about this, and now you have stimulated me to try it soon.

    I did something like this back in the 70's, with 2 Gibson EB humbuckers on my Hagstrom bass - it was amazing having the big pickup near the bridge - a very solid sound without too much treble - perfect for the time.
     

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