1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  

New bass build

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nick303, Oct 10, 2013.


  1. Nick303

    Nick303

    Jun 9, 2013
    Hi Guys,
    I've just acquired a black p bass body to go with my spare Squier p neck, a totally blank canvas!
    Need a bridge, pickups, scratch plate, machines, wiring, the works. Might even rout it out to go for a p/j setup.

    What would you do with it??
     
  2. If you really want to know what I would do with it...

    P/J setup for sure. Add an under-bridge piezo too, with a nice buffer and tone control to go with it.

    Stack V/V pot, Stack T/T pot,
    The I would add an onboard distortion pot (Just a couple diodes grounding out really) with bass/treble distortion bias in a stack pot.
    Then another stack pot for onboard Chorus (I have a simple one in mind) with wet/dry balance and effect control (as in amount of chorus)

    Add on to that a separate output for the piezo and regular pickups and im set.


    But... If I were you, I would go with the P/J setup, a volume for each, and a master tone. :D
    Other than that just match all the hardware, for black body, I would go with either gold, or black colored hardware.
     
  3. Nick303

    Nick303

    Jun 9, 2013
    Ha! Someone would do that eh?!
    I'm going to keep it simple, and I love chrome/brass hardware.

    Does anyone know if I can get a P scratchplate with a j rout to make it a pure J setup? I've seen one like that in sonic blue and it looked nice.
    I am a J player really.
     
  4. Wish I could help with that part. Free bump! I guess. Hope sometimes can find that for you.
     
  5. Nick303

    Nick303

    Jun 9, 2013
    Here's a few pics of the donor body, it's had a bit of a hard life so far. Anyone recognise the brand by the markings on the back?
    It seems to be fairly solid / heavy.
    I've marked it up for routing too, for the P/J setup.
    null_zpsa0924b30.jpg null_zpsc77cbdca.jpg null_zpse62d188a.jpg null_zpsab5b7c9c.jpg
     
  6. Nick303

    Nick303

    Jun 9, 2013
    Added the new Hi Mass bridge, you can see I've routed out the P cavity some to take a J pickup. I've decided a full J setup is where I'm headed with this.
    Template for custom pick guard.
    null_zps8f4d2575.jpg null_zps22bec9c4.jpg null_zpsf3db2c5e.jpg null_zps7daa8cae.jpg
    Spare pickups from my VM Jazz
    null_zpsd9666e09.gif null_zps088adf55.gif null_zps4d79696c.jpg
    Routed and fitted bridge J pickup.
     
  7. Nice!
    Did you manage to rout that cavity with just the dremel??
     
  8. Bent77

    Bent77 Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    Colorado
    Subscribed! The route job looks nice. Who are you having cut the custom pickguard?
     
  9. malthumb

    malthumb

    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Subscribed!!!

    Why?

    73f36cdba080cf6d4c2a674bdd1fcc38_zps9ae906e9.jpg

    That's why!

    Did this one a few years ago and gave it to my son.

    MusicPictures027.jpg

    The body is getting banged up so I bought the body in the first picture to replace it. We decided we'd rather make a project of this body and do something different, like a PJ with a jazz B&B neck
     
  10. Nick303

    Nick303

    Jun 9, 2013
    Malthumb

    Nice post, what a great gift for your son! Cheers for your interest in my project too.
    Yeah routed it today, drilled it first the get the correct depth and the ol' dremel did the rest what a tool! Took some planning in my head first though hehe.
     
  11. Nick303

    Nick303

    Jun 9, 2013
    Oh and about the pickguard, that's where I'm up to really. Can't find a place in the UK, well I can but they aren't responding to my emails (grr), every suggestion will be explored :)
     
  12. malthumb

    malthumb

    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    I got the one for my son's P-Bass and an Amber Burst for my Music Man Sabre from pickguardheaven.com. They do great work. The Amber Burst can be seen by clicking the Music Man link in my signature.
     
  13. Bent77

    Bent77 Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    Colorado
    Only places I know are Stateside. Consider making your own?
     
  14. Nick303

    Nick303

    Jun 9, 2013
    Ok, thanks guys. Plenty to consider.
     
  15. Nick303

    Nick303

    Jun 9, 2013
    Ok, I've settled on Pickguardian in the states to do my plate, Tony there has been really helpful and has asked a good price. All UK offers were way too expensive.
    In the meantime here's some pics of the template pickguard, I'm using it to position and build the wiring harness and also to make sure everything fits into the cavity. It doesn't, so there'll be more dremelling out later today. I taped up the guard shape to make sure I don't over-rout the space.
    null_zpsa415f4d5.jpg null_zps98fd22e0.jpg null_zpsff444668.jpg null_zps13052967.jpg
    Starting to see how it will look now, I like it.
     
  16. Nick303

    Nick303

    Jun 9, 2013
    Finally my copper shielding tape turned up, it is supposedly made with conductive adhesive so no soldering, let's hope that's true. First I taped the bridge earth into place and fed that through to the control cavity. Next I coppered out all the cavities as thoroughly as I could. I routed the earth wire between the 2 pickup cavities and tried to keep the bridge pup shielding job neat, it's not as neat as I'd like to be honest.
    null_zps3bd9785e.jpg null_zps713bc7a4.jpg null_zpsce65506d.jpg null_zps94278d78.jpg
    Just waiting for my Pickguardian plate to turn up next...
     
  17. Nick303

    Nick303

    Jun 9, 2013
    Here's the headstock so far. The neck is from an Affinity, so maybe not a great neck but it feels ok. I dowelled and re drilled the holes to take proper heads and slightly re profiled the overall shape too.
    New headstock decal - deliberately unlike any real Fender decal, new rings and bar retainer.
    null_zps629c1a2f.jpg null_zpscbad1b8c.jpg null_zps8ab844ca.jpg null_zps58fb8d66.jpg
    I briefly had some machine heads on there but they were very poor quality, not naming any names but I learned a valuable lesson.
    Any suggestions as to what I could get?
     
  18. Bent77

    Bent77 Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    Colorado
    Schaller and hipshot make good tuners.

    Digging the devil in the details as well.
     
  19. Nick303

    Nick303

    Jun 9, 2013
    Ha yeah, I wanted some small print.
    Trouble is the holes are quite close to the straight edge, therefore I need heads with small back plates.
     
  20. Bent77

    Bent77 Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    Colorado
    I would browse Ebay, if nothing else but for pictures to give you an idea of what might work. Some of the sellers are quite picture happy, to your benefit.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.