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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by monsterweights, Sep 5, 2002.

  1. Hi! After lurking for several days, I would like to introduce myself. I am a professional tuba player/teacher who plays bass for fun and in a CCM band through my church. I play a Yamaha BBG5s and a cort fretless, and I apreciate that this group doesn't seem to stick up it's nose at people that don't play a $4000 axe. I have been reading the archives and the broncho bass seems to be a popular topic, so I thought some of you might be interested in seeing what I just did to my son's bass. He has a bronco bass, and I hated four things about it.
    1. the hum from the single coil
    2. the lack of depth in the tone
    3. the old style p-bass bridge
    4. The cheesy white pickguard on a red bass. (no offense to anyone who
    likes this color combo)

    I put in a humbucking dimarzio that came out of billy sheehan yamaha,
    Made a new shiny black pickguard for it,
    added shielding (it had none), and put on a new black bridge. I paid $10
    for the pickup and 30 for the other parts, and now he has a bass that
    can be played anywhere. No hum, great sound.
    I know this may be the equivalent of "polishing a turd", but with the
    price of high end short scale basses, and already having this one, I
    thought it was worth it.

    Click on the link and let me know what you think. may not be much, but pretty bold for a guy that has
    only been playing for a year. If I had payed for somebody to do all this work, it woud not have been worth it, because it would have lapped the value of the bass.
    By the way, I put a special inscription on the backside of the pickguard, just
    for my son. Maybe someday he will pull the pickguard off and remember the fun
    we had putting it together.


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  2. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    It looks great!

    Welcome to TB!

  3. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Your son is very lucky. I would've smacked someone for a bass like that when I was a kid*;)
    Very nice job.

    Welcome to TB. We love bass, period:D

    * or maybe let someone smack me
  4. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    hey, another bass playin' tuba player.

    somebody go get lump! :D btw, welcome to tb. :)
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Welcome to Talkbass!:) Nice job on the Bronco, I'll bet your son loves it.:cool:
  6. neptoon

    neptoon Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Melbourne, FL
    hey, welcome aboard, man! that was really thoughtful what you did for your son...i'm sure he'll grow to appreciate it...he looks pretty small, so watch out. they learn really quick, so he may be busting your chops in the next couple of years... ;)
  7. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    "Need to skip T-ball practice... I have a gig"
  8. lneal


    Apr 12, 2002
    Lee County, Alabama
    Hey monster:
    What do you call a tuba player with an answering machine?

    An optimist!!:D
    Howdy and welcome.
    Don't let jt's haircut scare you off. He's actually an ok guy.
  9. I've heard that joke before, I like it. Actually, I teach about 60 students a week, and play in a pro symphony. I have an answering machine AND a cell phone. How about that?
    Don't tell my students, but for the last 6 months I have practiced bass about 10 times more than tuba. I'm hooked!
  10. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    Welcome to TB monsterweights..

    I know how it is with the practicing bass more..

    I've been practicing bass alot more than I've been singing... oh well ;)
  11. If you do stuff like that for your son, you must be an awesome father.

    Welcome to TB, BTW.
  12. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I hope you find your stay here a pleasant one. Please remember to tip your bass playing rodents $50 or more, they do work hard!

  13. Welcome to TalkBass - and well done on the Bronco 'upgrade'. Bet your son is chuffed to bits with it!:)
  14. rickreyn


    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    I haven't got a bass for my son yet. He's free to play one of my $4,000 axes anytime.

    We TBers are kidders. Welcome. ;)
  15. fadlan bassman

    fadlan bassman

    Oct 23, 2001
    My son is only 2 and he already has an interest in my bass. When I practice i have to stand up or he will come and practice 'toddler slappin'. It's nice to see youngsters getting started on the right foot.
  16. Funkster

    Funkster Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    Same here!!!
    Welcome to TB!!:cool:
  17. Welcome to TB, Mark, and nice job on that Bronco. Your son is a lucky kid.. I wish I had started on bass that early!
  18. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    You did a great job on that bass for your son. That was very thoughtful. And it looks nice, too! But don't sweat the bridge - he'll be fine with it.

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