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NABD: Butterscotch Slab

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dark Horse, Mar 22, 2017.

  1. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Sometimes parts are just meant to go together. It's their destiny. This is one of those times. I picked up the loaded neck here in the classifieds about a month ago, looked like a nice neck and it was a good deal so I figured why not? I didn't have anything to put it on in particular, though I have several p and j bodies running around here. But nothing seemed to feel right for the neck. Wasn't sure why, because I really like the neck.

    Then about a week ago, a loaded body came up in the classifieds. It was a (warmoth) slab P body, which is my favorite, had split coil PBass pickups (EMG GZR's), A threaded Saddle bridge (also my fav), The bridge ashtray, and two pickguards... A black one and the white one ... and was also a deal I couldn't pass up. Anyway, I am at home recovering from surgery I had on Monday, not doing much of anything except lying down, and the UPS man delivered the body. Of course the first thing I had to do was try the neck in the pocket, and from there the deal was sealed. I bolted up the body, literally had to do zero tweaking to the neck, was perfect action right away, the only thing that I had to do at all was bringing in the E string saddle about 1/16 of an inch for intonation. Everything else was spot on ! As some of you know I've built and assembled a ton of basses, easily in the hundreds. It's extremely rare when you bolt them up and have to do literally no real tweaking to get everything to be in perfect harmony.

    This bass sounds fantastic, looks great, and weighs under 9 pounds even with the ashtray!

    It's a winner !

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  2. I really like that a lot :thumbsup::cool:drool
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  3. JGbassman

    JGbassman Supporting Member

    May 31, 2011
    Very nice! I'm more a fan of the traditional single coil pup for these, but that is a classy looking bass!
  4. ThudThudThud


    Jun 4, 2010
    Personally (which means nothing here) I don't like bridge/p'up covers. However, that's a very nice looking bass.
    Well done you.
  5. Chico Ruger

    Chico Ruger Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2014
    Really nice!
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  6. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I didn't realize it, but it looks a lot like the 60th anniversary P Basses that they came out with a couple years ago. A friend of mine pointed that out, and other than the fact that the fender version had to contoured body, it's pretty close.

    Here is a picture of the 60th anniversary ones....

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  7. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Very cool
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  8. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Well done, DH!
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  9. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX

    I had the feeling it'd get your seal of approval ! :D

    I'm honestly surprised how easily This bass went together and how great it is! It was a piece a cake.
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2017
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  10. I had a chance to buy one of those anniversary models about 4 years ago but there was a huge ding in the body that just looked...bad.
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  11. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX

    Yeah, I can understand passing on that. I'm never one to shy away from normal wear, but sometimes you get that one big huge ding or mark that just looks like they took the back of a hammer to it, just makes you want to run from the bass.
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  12. Yeah,it was down to the bare wood with a big chunk of paint missing. The rest of it was nice, being a fairly new model so the dent really stood out.
  13. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Ouch !
  14. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi DH, you cured yourself well :D :thumbsup:

    happy NBD!!!:bassist::bassist::bassist:

    may the bass be with you

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  15. 39-Bassist


    Jul 7, 2010
    Endorsing Artist for: Brace Audio; Duncan Pickups; Line6, Hipshot, GHS Strings, Somnium Guitars
    Wow congrats on the perfect match, may you both be happy...lol
    And a quick recovery too.
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  16. staurosjohn

    staurosjohn Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2010
    Nottingham, MD
    Nice! It took a few years for that body style to grow on me... now I have one :cool: ... the 'right parts at the right time'!! Squier Mike Dirnt (refinished) body with a Mike Dirnt Roadworn neck... Hipshot Lollypops, etc...
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2017
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  17. bobba66


    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
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  18. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Nice bass!

    I couldn't agree more on parts meant to be together. I recently put together a Frankenstein bass consisting of a Sonic Blue P body, DiMarzio PAF era pickup, and the neck off of an 80s MIJ P copy I had laying around, and a tort guard I bought here as well. It was good but not great. The neck had a hump in it and it just didn't speak to me.

    Then I found a Mighty Mite neck here. I bought some Hipshot Ultralite tuners for it. I took it to a luthier friend to swap the necks and do a good setup. BAM! I haven't weighed it but it's under 8 pounds for sure. It resonates like crazy.....very loud unplugged. Great tone....sounds like a P bass but slightly more aggressive with a bit of growl.

    Just as you described, those parts were destined to be together. Here it is before the neck swap. Congrats on yours coming together! 20161211_115823.
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  19. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly. Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    If I could get one like this with a jazz neck...I might pass out from happiness.
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  20. Very very nice.
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