Newbie needing advise!

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by BassmansWife, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. BassmansWife

    BassmansWife Guest

    Apr 18, 2012
    Hello Gentlemen, and Ladies!

    As you can tell by my screen name, I am not a musician, but a Roadie! ;)

    I need some advise, I googled it a million times and I just can't find what I am looking for.

    Ok, so my husband has been sitting on his 68 Fender Paisley forever. She needs some minor repairs and I have no clue how to accomplish this. Everything is original, body, neck are good although the neck needs a little straightening and the frets are worn, and I do believe he said there was a screw missing(maybe?)

    My question, who do I trust to get her back in action? I tried searching the Fender site, and maybe I wasn't looking deep enough but I didn't find any links to getting this prof repaired. Right now he has no clue, and when or if I do find someone to do these repairs, he will be informed then as I know not to mess with a man and his bass! :ninja:
  2. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    A good guitar repair tech can deal with those issues, including the frets - but it should be someone who knows their stuff. I'm sure that responses on this forum will help you. i recall a number of past threads asking for top-notch techs in various parts of the country, so some searching here may help you.

    It would help if you indicated where you live so that folks here can localize their responses.
  3. StraightSix


    Nov 23, 2011
    Your location would be helpful then others in your area will be able to recommend a local bass tech.
  4. BassmansWife

    BassmansWife Guest

    Apr 18, 2012
    We live in Southern New Jersey. I was thinking of having this done by Fender since this is a vintage bass, not sure if they even do repairs.
  5. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    No, Fender doesn't provide that service. You'll want to go to a tech with a good reputation in the vintage Fender biz. They need specific Fender knowledge - like understanding the frets in that period were pressed into the fingerboard from the side, not the top.

    I'm in Colorado and haven't a clue about good techs in your area, but I'm sure some knowledgeable folks will be along.
  6. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies! Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    You might start by calling Chelsea Guitars in Manhattan. The sell so much vintage Fender stuff that they would at least be knowledgable about the bass and its characteristics. I guarantee that they will be able to work on or reccomend a good person.
    Have fun.
  7. secretsound5

    secretsound5 Supporting Member

    I'm in south jersey too. this guy used to work out of TMP in berlin. he just bought his own store over the bridge in PA. heis 'the man' honest and good. real good.

    Mainline Music - Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood, PA Patch