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NBD: P Bass Build

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bray101, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. bray101


    Feb 26, 2012
    Wanted to snag a Matt Freeman Squier after trying one and really liking it.

    Realized I had everything I needed except a neck and body, so I luckily found one of each on eBay. Even more lucky it was same seller parting out a bass of his.

    Squier VM Precision body in Olympic white.

    Mighty Mite Vintage Tinted neck with 60s Fender logo slide

    Fender 62 RI Original P-Bass Pickup

    Standard Fender Bridge and tuners

    One of two downsides was I had some CIJ Jaguar Bass tuners I wanted to use since I prefer the taller keys, but they wouldn't quite line up on the back of the headstock without bumping each other enough to where they wouldn't sit flush once screwed in. So, I had to use some MIM Precision tuners I had in another bass. Only downside. Eventually, I'll snag some taller keys that will work.

    Only other setback was I kept losing output every time i would fasten the pickguard down. I thought my wiring was touching a pot, or something like that.

    After 5 or 6 times of moving wires around, I discovered that the tone pot was just touching the inside cavity of the body, which happened to be painted with some black paint. I believe it is used for noise reduction or something in that realm on the Squier VM stuff.

    Took the Dremel to the inside of the cavity and got the black paint off and works like a dream.

  2. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Great job she's beautiful
  3. Sharp! Great job man.
  4. Looks great, but I also hate those MIM tuners.
  5. Dave12


    Apr 28, 2010
    Dallas, Texas
    Very nice work - enjoy!
  6. bray101


    Feb 26, 2012

    Yep. Me too.

    No disposable cash with Xmas coming up. Those will be replaced soon I assure you. Haha
  7. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    Nice job!
  8. bray101


    Feb 26, 2012
    If anyone has a set of vintage style tall tuners that they know would fit a mighty mite neck, feel free to PM me. I'm in need.

    Smaller back plates on the tuners is better.