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NBD: Lighten Up, Francis!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JimmyM, Feb 13, 2020 at 10:40 PM.

  1. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Any idea how much routing the body saved on weight?
    3/4 of a lb. savings with just knobs, bridge, and tuners is awesome and that's with a D tuner.
    I'm guessing that changing the bridge didn't save much if any weight?
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  2. RedMoses

    RedMoses Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2012
    I like the color, there are many Black basses out there.
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  3. FugaziBomb


    Jun 5, 2017
    I've got a Cyclone (half Mustang, half Strat) with the swimming pool route and I have probably half a dozen pickguards from different loadouts I've tried. Finally settled on a single bridge 'bucker, but there were a few fun configs in it (was triple humbucker for a while). I love swimming pool routes, for sure!
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  4. pbass2


    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Yep, I think w P's more than any other bass, once you settle on your pickup and strings, you could slap those on anything from a Lakland to a pawnshop beater and it's gonna sound essentially (if not exactly) the same, certainly in a mix.
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  5. :laugh:

    It's funny how our SOs impact what we do or why we do things.
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  6. ChrisBowsman

    ChrisBowsman Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2006
    Yellow Springs, Ohio
    The last Strat I had was a Mexican standard, routed H-S-S. I chipped off all the finish (was about the thickness of a dime) and routed out all the extra wood to make it swimming pool. I didn’t weigh it, but it went from “Feels like a Strat” to “wow, that’s pretty light.”
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  7. lowendrachel


    Sep 11, 2012
    GTA, Ontario
    Looks good! Congrats Jimmy!
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  8. Chicks dig me because I rarely wear underwear.
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  9. ... although not mentioned in your post, needless to say that the pickups choice is GZR-based ;)
  10. bdplaid

    bdplaid Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2007
    Good to see someone who appreciates the joys of a lightweight bass.

    Those are good mods. One comment, you could have saved even a bit more weight had the tuners been Y-tuners, or better yet, Gotoh res-o-lites.

    Happy playing, it looks great!
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  11. ak56

    ak56 Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2015
    Carnation, Wa
    I want to see it painted, painted black
    Black as night, black as coal
    I want to see the sun, blotted out from the sky
    I want to see it painted, painted, painted, painted black
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  12. Dr. Love

    Dr. Love Supporting Member

    Nov 5, 2008
    Lubbock, TX
    Don't paint it! That color looks great on stage.
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  13. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    Wow, Jimmy. Thanks for posting this; it's very enlightening. I too would like to see how much wood was removed beneath the pickguard and would also like to remark that if that 'guard extended further to the left a lot more would could be removed, which likely would reduce the overall weight to beneath seven pounds.

    I also would like to know what effect, if any, these mods had on dead spots.
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  14. mexicanyella


    Feb 16, 2015
    Troy, MO
    By the way, blue skin and all kidding aside, I love that color on Ps, Js and Strats. I think it looks great and subtly retro-cool.
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  15. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Is there an old parts put together new bass day (OPPTNBD), nice looking result anyway JimmyM...
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  16. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2020 at 2:39 PM
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  17. mojomike001


    Mar 28, 2013
    South Florida
    I like it including the color. Do you happen to have any pictures of the routing under the pickguard?
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  18. House bass? I predict we'll see a photo this year of Jimmy gigging this bass!
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  19. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    That would put the weight back on
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  20. moreblues

    moreblues Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2013
    hudson valley,n.y.
    Plywood body really? Wow...looks reallly good and I love the color!
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