Need a battery compartment

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Stinsok, Apr 25, 2005.

  1. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    I recently purchased an 80's Fernandes Jazz. It has Ken Smith active pickups, and the battery is under the control plate. It is a rather tight fit, and I imagine that over time the control plate screw holes will wear out/strip, etc. How big of a deal would it be to install a battery compartment on the back of the bass? What tools would I need? Could you recommend someone in the Southeast who could do it?
  2. teej


    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    I'm not 100% since I've never done this, but I don't think it would be too hard. Rout out a small cavity, chisel at the edges to make it more square (instead of a rounded square), and drill a line from the controls to the compartment. I'm not to far north of you -- Huntsville area, actually, but I'm just starting out, so I wouldn't recommend myself. I'm not trying to volunteer anyone, but Hambone has done some repairs and mods for people. He's in the Atlanta are and is probably your best bet.