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NBD (for my wife)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by johnk_10, Nov 28, 2010.


  1. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    i just finished building this one up today. my wife loved the looks of it so much that i decided to give it to her so she can play it (although i have to teach her how ;))

    the body is a AV RI (nitro) in vintage white that has yellowed that i bought from the TB classifieds. pickup is a new '62 AV RI P bass, with CTS pots, switchcraft jack and a NOS '70's Fender .047uf cap. the neck is an allparts one piece maple (fender licensed), that i re-shaped to 1971 specs and nitro'd it. the pickguard is a super clean old original 1970 p bass pickguard that i've been dragging around with me since the mid 70's. it looks white in the photos but it's actually aged to a parchment color now. heads are new chrome fender reisuuses (with the embossed 'fender logo'), and all of the other parts are AV RI. the neck plate is a V series that came with the body.
    it weighs 8 1/4lbs (8lbs 4.2 oz) and it sounds super lively and resonant, just like a vintage p bass should. i really love playing this one, and it's very light.

    anyway, no pics, no bass, so here they are:

    blondepbass-01.

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    blondepbass-04.
     
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  2. john, can i marry you insted
     
  3. No pics, no bass playing wife!
     
  4. Beautiful
     
  5. That's a sweet looking P Bass. Nice job!
     
  6. stingray56funk

    stingray56funk Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2005
    Atlanta
    Gorgeous...but I have a question, did that trick work on your wife? How long do you think it'll be until you're playing that bass out more than she is? I can hear it now, "sweetie...do you think I could borrow your P Bass for this show tonight?"
     
  7. Very nice, love the color. Congrats to ur new child....err, bass.
     
  8. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    John, that is absolutely beautiful. I love Vintage White. I just picked this one up, but it's an '84 - '87 Japanese-made P. Yours looks awesome with the tug bar and pickup/bridge covers.

    IMG_0054.

    IMG_0053.
     
  9. KsToaDangr

    KsToaDangr Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2007
    Columbia, SC
    quote from hackers: "i want it." "i want it to have my children!"
     
  10. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    thanks for the kind words guys!
     
  11. K2000

    K2000

    Nov 16, 2005
    Brooklyn
    Great looking basses! Vintage white and maple... where have I been?
     
  12. LiamR

    LiamR

    Aug 15, 2010
    That looks great, both of the covers really add to the look!
     
  13. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    it's kinda had to tell in the pics, but i really got the lacquer to look like glass on the neck.

    (click the pic below to enlarge it):

    blondepbass-05.
     
  14. cassius987

    cassius987 Banned

    Apr 20, 2007
    Denver, CO
    I love the looks too. Wanna build one for me?
     
  15. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    sure. i could do that if you wanted me to.
     
  16. Staccato

    Staccato Low End Advocate

    Aug 14, 2009
    Alabama
    Beautiful NB, and idea!

    My wife will receive a 'new' Strat during the holidays, and receive lessons under my tutelage. A guitar and bass rockin' in the same house, yeah!

    -John
     
  17. Pardon my noobishness, but i must ask, what is the purpose of the metal plates covering the bridge and pickup? I see them on fender basses all the time but could never figure out what they were for.:confused:
     
  18. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    in the early days (on the single coil p basses), the pickup cover's purpose served two purposes. it was used to shield the pickup from hum, AND to cover the 'unsightly' look of the exposed pickup and bridge. the bridge covers also had a piece of weatherstrip in it that served as a mute (string dampener).

    now they're on there just cuz they look 'cool'.
     
  19. Valerus

    Valerus

    Aug 4, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    that bass looks gorgeous dude
     

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