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NBD!! (Kind of)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bass4ThePublic, Jun 17, 2020.


  1. Bass4ThePublic

    Bass4ThePublic Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    Kansas City
    Today I finally got my hands on my new neck for Dan Ransom. I’ve always found dot and bound jazz bass to look awesome, but could never afford the real thing. I read JIO’s thread about his 1966 tribute and contacted Dan Ransom, who gave me awesome customer service! I’ve had this jazz bass body loaded with Duncan Antiquity 2’s since February, but the neck I had on it just wasn’t what I wanted on a jazz bass. Dan PLEK’d the neck, which is a new experience for me. There are no buzz/dead spots on this thing.
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    (the E string that I sent Dan was a dud, so he replaced it with a different brand, free of charge.)
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    (yes, those are socks on the stand. I don’t want the rubber material of the stand interacting with the neck finish since it isn’t poly)
     
  2. StevieMac

    StevieMac

    Mar 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    Very nice! I like dots and binding too.
     
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  3. JIO

    JIO shaken - not stirred Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Looks great - always liked a Midnight Wine finish. I like the grain in the hs, can you post a back of neck shot? Plek-ing is the way to go, Dan made mine years ago and I've never touched the tr.
     
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  4. Bass4ThePublic

    Bass4ThePublic Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    Kansas City
    Sure. Of course shipping damaged the lower horn of the bass.
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  5. JIO

    JIO shaken - not stirred Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Nice! (but not so nice finish damage! :crying:) I'm glad to see the Gotoh pops which are the most authentic repos of late '60s vintage lollypops. So was the body boxed separately?
     
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  6. Bass4ThePublic

    Bass4ThePublic Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    Kansas City
    The body was shipped attached to the neck.
     
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  7. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Still counts as NBD. Great color. Too bad about the bruise on the horn.
     
  8. Bass4ThePublic

    Bass4ThePublic Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    Kansas City
    yeah, oh well. It's a poly finish so I don't expect any more chips out of it.
     
  9. That is a really nice looking Jazz Bass I like the thought you put into it, the white binding & scratchplate and tugbar and lolipop tuners.:drool::cool::thumbsup:
     
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  10. Bleecker

    Bleecker Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2006
    Etown NY. USA
    Please help the uninformed...what the heck is PLEK...?

    Nice bass love the color and neck. I haven't got with a bound neck, yet.
     
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  11. HubbardsFate

    HubbardsFate

    Oct 18, 2006
    A really expensive machine/process that straightens necks, levels the frets, etc., all in one go...at least that's my understanding of it...

    I have a Peavey TL-Five that went through the PLEK process, an it has one of the most amazing necks I've ever played.
     
  12. Bleecker

    Bleecker Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2006
    Etown NY. USA
    Thanks. Sounds intriguing, I'll have to look into it.
     
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  13. BassikLee

    BassikLee Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 13, 2004
    Deltona, FL
    Owner: Brevard Sound Systems
    I think the machines themselves are well over $100K
     
  14. HubbardsFate

    HubbardsFate

    Oct 18, 2006
    Yeah, I think that is what I have read too.

    Maybe I'm wrong in saying that the "process" is expensive - in fact, now that I think of it, I believe I have read that it's only a couple of hundred bucks to put a neck thru a PLEK - but yeah, the machine itself sure ain't cheap.

    I'm thinking that a real problem neck being PLEK'd is probably cheaper than a luthier/tech doing the job...I'm assuming that's why the machine was invented in the first place.

    Here's a link: https://www.long-mcquade.com/blog/165/PLEK--THE-BEST-YOUR-GUITAR-CAN-BE.htm
     
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  15. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Plek doesn't straighten the neck, if it's badly bowed or twisted, Plek won't fix it, but it does give you a technically perfect fret leveling job. It's debatable if it produces results that are enough better than what a good Luthier can do to be worth the price. It's not a fully automated process in that it takes a lot of experience and knowledge on the operator to fine tune what it does. If the operator doesn't know what he's doing, pretty much Garbage In/Garbage Out, like any CNC process. This guy looks like he knows what he's doing.
     
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  16. HubbardsFate

    HubbardsFate

    Oct 18, 2006
    That's good to know, guess I was misinformed and/or overly optimistic RE: the capabilities of the machine.

    I currently have a Peavey T-40 for sale here in the classifieds, and it has a badly bowed neck (yes I have disclosed that in the ad). Been wondering if PLEK would help, but sounds like it wouldn't...
     
  17. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    A few TB people have had good luck getting warped necks straightened by these guys:
    FIX AN INSTRUMENT'S WARPED NECK

    If you can't sell it as-is, it might be worth having it fixed, I think it's around $75, so including postage that's probably $100 all told. T-40's are desirable right now, people seem to want them, but you'll get a lot more for it if it's playable.
     
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  18. HubbardsFate

    HubbardsFate

    Oct 18, 2006
    I might look into that, thanks! If I can get the neck fixed, or replaced, I'll be keeping it...it's a great bass (not counting the current state of the neck...)
     
  19. Jjacks651

    Jjacks651

    Feb 7, 2014
    Connecticut
    A Real Beauty in that Red Metallic! Looks like it will play itself!

    John
     
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  20. Bass4ThePublic

    Bass4ThePublic Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    Kansas City
    Thanks! She’s a looker for sure. I got my inspiration from an early 1966 dot/bound Jazz Bass.
     
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