NBD - What a bargin

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ZedLepp, Jun 10, 2020.

  1. ZedLepp


    May 12, 2013
    So yesterday I was browsing offerup and came across a Fender MIM P-Bass project for $100. The ad stated that the neck was bad and that it needed to be replaced. It also, on the side near the output jack, had a chunk of paint fall off being that it was dropped. This lead me to two thoughts:
    1. The neck is really bad and I can throw on a cheap chinese fretless neck and rock that.
    2. The bass just needs a serious neck adjustment.
    So I respond to the ad right away. I get a message back that it was mine and the whole when/where to meet. We set up the deal and I try and make it through the rest of my day until I can get off work. The suspense is killing me. I even had to borrow a few bucks from a friend/coworker because I had some major expenses happen to me. But this seemed totally worth it. 5 rolls around and I am outta there like Fred Flinstone. I stop and get a 3/16" long handle allen key and proceed to the spot. The lovely young couple pulls up and we introduce each other. He pulls out the bass and I take my first look at it. Yeap, just as I was hoping the heel of the neck is buried in the body. Next I look down the neck, it's not twisted. This is just getting better and better. Next I ask them if I can check the truss rod to see if it works. They agreed and I pulled out the allen key I just bought. I turn it back and forth and the neck responds. Actually it wasn't engaged at all. So with this, and trying to keep my best poker face, I calmly put the bass back in the case and give them the money. I peel outta there as quick as I could.

    So now I am home and this is where I see if there was any hidden problems with the bass. I pop the neck off, because I know it needs a shim and a good cleaning, and straighten the neck out. Put the shim in and reattached the neck. The only other problem that I had was I had to replace one of the saddles. I guess someone had lost the little allen screws that adjust the string height on the e string and just screwed in two small wood screws into it. The screw heads were against the base plate giving the height the saddle had. Did I mention that it has EMG's in it? Didn't really notice them because the ad pictures were not close up. So, needless to say, after the setup I have a really nice MIM P-Bass.

    Oh yeah, question for you flatwound guys. The bass came with flatwounds and I tried searching but could not come up with a conclusive answer. What flats has mid-blue silk on both ends and different color ball ends? E is brass, A is red, D is black and G is green. MIM Bass.jpg
  2. thisheregiraffe


    Aug 24, 2019
    Congrats on the new bass.

    Re: the strings: Sounds like they are D'Addario Chromes to me.
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  3. I'm not 100% sure on the flats, but it sounds like Chromes to me.

    Great find!

    You should still turn it into a fretless though :smug:
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  4. StevieMac


    Mar 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    That is most excellent, enjoy!
  5. brushfirewolf


    Nov 12, 2016
    Nice find! I've recently been checking the app "letgo" that my girlfriend has been using to sell off unwanted furniture she inherited from her mom's house. I've found a couple Squiers for dirt cheap but no Fenders yet.

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  6. Eilif

    Eilif Grooving under the MDW runway.

    Oct 1, 2001
    Great Score! My first bass (still got it though only the wood is original) was a '95 MIM P. Yours looks like a 2002 model, so the specs might be a bit different, but if it's like mine, it has a nice shallow (front to back) neck and a lightweight Agathis body. Very comfortable on long sets.
  7. ZedLepp


    May 12, 2013
    Very good Eilif on the year. You would be correct.

    I don't think that fretted necks should be turned into fretlesses. If you want a fretless, buy a fretless neck.
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  8. I agree actually. I was mostly joking, but I was referring to the fretless neck you were going to put on it if the neck was toast.
  9. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    I love it when you get your mind all set for a sweet deal, and it comes true. I recently bought an Alembic, and all the way to pick it up I was thinking- What's wrong with it?...are the pictures from years ago?...The price made me expect the worst. I got there, and he pulled out a closet queen in original case.
    Rock that thang, even if you have one, for $100 everybody needs another bass.
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  10. Nice bass .. strings should be D’Addario Chromes ..
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  11. ZedLepp


    May 12, 2013
    Sorry I misread you. It's still a thought though but I have a fretless that needs a new neck anyways. It was converted to be a fretless by grinding the frets flat with the board so that only the tangs are still in the fret slots. It has a weird bwah to it. This is why I hate people that do this conversion. Maybe I will make this into a backup or main fretless. A new song that one of my bands wrote would really benefit to have a fretless on it.
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  12. ZedLepp


    May 12, 2013
    Thanks everybody on the string info. I don't play flats and was just curious what strings they were.
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  13. No worries! I wasn’t very clear.
  14. klejst

    klejst Guest

    Oct 5, 2010
    Very cool. D'Addario uses those colors for their ends so I'd say it's one of their sets.
  15. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Hundred bucks? I'd take that deal, nice score.
  16. sotua


    Sep 20, 2004
    Somewhere in time
    $100 for a MIM fender with EMG X pickup? score!
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  17. That guys ignorance is your score..
    Nice P.... is that candy apple?
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  18. Good buy.
  19. Tim Skaggs

    Tim Skaggs

    Sep 28, 2002
    Billy Gibbons said he would drop $100 on any ax with a humbucker.

    I think most bass players would drop $100 on any playable p-bass....
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  20. Skip Chucker

    Skip Chucker

    Dec 9, 2018
    Chromes without any trussrod engagement?! Holy.... :eek::eek::eek::eek:o_Oo_O:poop:

    Nice find.
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