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need help fixing up a MIM Jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by xcental34x, Aug 6, 2004.


  1. xcental34x

    xcental34x

    Feb 28, 2003
    Memphrica, TN
    As I type this, there is a black Fender Jazz bass with pickguard, control plate, and controls removed, hanging on the wall, staring at my back. I got it in a trade for my Sunburst P-bass, and when I got it, I decided it would not be giggable until I get it fixed up. The knobs were all unmatching, normal Jazz knobs would not fit on the large shaft pots, and it had a mismatched tone knob. I know for sure the bridge pickup is a Basslines SJB-3, with the logo scraped a bit, and I think the neck pickup might be, but no telling. It sounded great when I played, but I'm not too sure on keeping them. It is missing a tuner brushing, and has assorted scratches on the body, and even a bit of wear on the front upper corner.

    Now, in the next few weeks, my paychecks are going towards this bass, to fix it up, and have a nice jazz bass. Of some of the extra ideas, I'm thinking of include an active preamp, tortoise shell pickguard, BA II bridge, Dunlop straplocks, Hipshot X-tender, vintage pickup cover. Anyone got any input as to what else I could do to make this a worthy bass? Money isn't a concern. Like I said, next few paychecks. I've thought about changing the pickups. These sound good, but I think a new pair might be in order, as I'm not sure of the brand or the neck pickup. For a preamp, I'm looking into both the J-retro and Raven Labs JBR-01. Something that would sound good with a pick, which I play with most of the time, but I use fingers on a few songs.

    ~Patrick
     
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Sounds like you have a cool project going on.

    I'm sending you a PM.