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My new "old" mystery P Bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Starky, May 10, 2010.


  1. Starky

    Starky

    Apr 20, 2010
    Potomac MD
    I was on Craigslist looking for a bass to bring to camp, as to spare my JP5 and its natural wood beauty from its hardships.
    I came away with this mystery.

    A P Bass, with a Walnut Finish. ALL Hardware was replaced with Brass. 1970's era cream Dimarzio P's. The neck had BROKEN and was replaced with a Bradley Neck. There were stickers covering the entire neck, as well as inside of the heel.

    I got it for $90.

    Zero serial numbers.
    I'm more than happy with what I got, but I will forever be curious.

    I'm thinking I'll replace the bridge and knobs (I removed them) as well as slap a new neck on this in the future.

    So far its gonna be Chrome Bridge/Knobs and Black Pickguard. Perhaps a Maple Thumbrest. (I figured gold was too tacky!)

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  2. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    Chicago
    Wow! That thing looks like it came out of the movie Road Warrior
     
  3. Starky

    Starky

    Apr 20, 2010
    Potomac MD
    Uploading more pictures. Loader is being Fishy.

    (EDIT) Loader Failing. HALP?
     
  4. Bass-Adrenaline

    Bass-Adrenaline

    Jan 23, 2010
    Photobucket...
     
  5. Is that a brass pickguard?!, thats way cool.
     
  6. Call me crazy but I love the looks of it. I'd have bought it in a heart-beat.
     
  7. Starky

    Starky

    Apr 20, 2010
    Potomac MD
    Yep. Brass Pickguard.
    It is HEAVILY scratched though. Ima go at it with sandpaper today, but otherwise...Black Pickguard here we come!

    The tone is FANTASTIC. Compared to my 5 string w/ Bartolini MK-1s, this has a much deeper tone to it. It packs punch, and it brings a really full wave of mids over my band's music.
     
  8. GeneralElectric

    GeneralElectric

    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    If you can get me some pictures, I might have a 4 string chrome bridge to trade you for the brass one.
     
  9. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    ..It's junk. I'll give you $95 for it.

    No?

    Oh, well, I thought it would go good with THIS one:
    WalnutP.
     
  10. Starky

    Starky

    Apr 20, 2010
    Potomac MD
    That is DAMN nice Ogle. I would keep the whole Brass shindig, but
    1) The current brass is beaten pretty bad.
    2) The Bridge isn't the highest quality.
    3) I want the cream Dimarzios to shine, and a black pickguard seems pretty fitting.
    Also, replacing the hardware with a shiny gold seems too cliche. I don't want no Delux Lyte. :O
     
  11. fretno

    fretno

    May 10, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Cool bass !
     
  12. Starky

    Starky

    Apr 20, 2010
    Potomac MD
    Thanks Fretno!
     
  13. lenorules1950

    lenorules1950

    Aug 20, 2004
    Meriden, CT
    I was going to say the same thing! :)
     
  14. Starky

    Starky

    Apr 20, 2010
    Potomac MD
    Is this a compliment?!

    I'm thinking Ima throw flats on this too.
    How is bass volume with flats for just jammin with no amp or anything?
     
  15. lenorules1950

    lenorules1950

    Aug 20, 2004
    Meriden, CT
    I did mean it as one, yes. :cool:
     
  16. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    Chicago
    Yeah man, definitely a compliment! That thing is a badass...

    Flats will make your "acoustic" tone quieter. You'll need an amp to hear it clearly, most likely.
     
  17. Starky

    Starky

    Apr 20, 2010
    Potomac MD
    Hmmm. Any rounds you'd recommend for that Flatwound Thump but still enough acoustic noise?

    I opened her up and found out she has a disconnected wire on the jack. I'ma take it to guitar center in a bit to get the black pickguard and the jack and maybe Pots replaced.
     

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