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NPBD - New project bass day.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Paul Corrosion, May 30, 2018.

  1. Well, yes, it's another bass. 4th in two years but I can stop anytime I want. Yup. Anyway, here's how I justified it to myself and Mrs Myself this time round.

    Two reasons. a) I've always wanted a PJ and b) in 30-odd years the biggest bass mod I ever made was changing the PG on my Jazz, so it's about time I got more intimate with my instruments. It's mostly a confidence thing; I'm naturally concerned about screwing up a decent bass but you've got to start somewhere, I guess. I considered buying a cheap kit and building something but I don't really have the time to get that involved and, TBH, none of the kits really appealed to me, range and quality-wise.

    So, something that I can play straight away and upgrade/modify as I go along then. I thought about secondhand but couldn't find a PJ in my area and when I looked further afield, there wasn't much difference between 'price plus shipping' and something like a cheap new Squier. One quick check online and GuitarGuitar in Epsom, UK have an Affinity PJ reduced to £199 with free shipping, so it was a done deal. That's a pretty legit justification, right? ;-)

    Now it's time to open Pandora's Box. Recommendations. I like black basses, so black hardware and possibly a black neck swap if it's the right one (or maybe a refinish). Naturally, a pup upgrade. I'm mulling Lindy Fralins but a friend has suggested Kent Armstrongs. I'm up for hearing more ideas though. Oh, and passive is my preference. :)







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  2. reddog


    Mar 5, 2013
    Philly burbs
    Fralin are always great.. Geezers?
  3. amphlett7


    Feb 27, 2008
    Basywater, Western Australia
    Audiofly In-Ear Monitors And Headphones

    I’d recommend going for the Geezers.
    Good sound and easy to install (no soldering!)

    For hardware you can’t beat Hipshot.
    I have a Brass hipshot A style which is awesome and really easy to set up.

    Those tuners look similar to the HB1 tuners they make. Makes it nice if there are no expose screw holes!

    Could go for a drop tuner too!
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