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Overhaulin': '91 Jazz Plus V Edition

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dinoadventures, Feb 1, 2017.


  1. dinoadventures

    dinoadventures Feets don't fail me now!

    Jul 10, 2015
    Dallas, TX
    Decided to show some love to my '91 Jazz Plus V. These were the precursors to the American Deluxe series and came from Fender as oddball parts basses. They came with Lace Sensor pickups, the preamp out of the Kubicki Factor bass, and Gotoh hardware. Bizarre. The body is slightly smaller than a normal jazz with narrower string spacing (~17mm) and the neck is faster and flatter. They had the same funky Kubicki knobs too. Since it has been very good to me and the only real Fender parts were the body and neck, I took it down to the wood and replaced everything (kept the originals, of course).

    Here's a picture of the preamp madness that used to live in there. I was getting tired of regularly cleaning the old plastic pots whenever they'd cut out.
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    Janky "before" picture of the whole thing:


    This neck has seen a LOT of funk:
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    Everything stripped out:
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    Custom Nordstrand stealth black J blade pickups


    New Darkglass preamp (vol/vol, mid/mid, bass-pull for passive mode):
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    New black USA Hipshot parts, as it should have had from the factory.

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    Replaced the two black plastic string trees with a single four string one

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    All done!
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    I wanted to keep a lot of the same modern bright and clear tone but add a lot of flexibility and the new electronics definitely did that. It's a little less pristine hi-fi and a bit more rock and roll now. Having an actually useful mid EQ instead of ridiculous 40Hz bass/6kHz treble knobs is awesome. The passive mode sounds huge too. It does have the 60 cycle hum that Jazzes have now but it sounds so fat I don't care. Super fast, super fun to play and ready for another 26+ years of the funk.
     
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  2. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Great looking bass, good job!
     
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  3. StevieMac

    StevieMac

    Mar 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    Nice job! I bought the sunburst version of that bass brand new in early 92. The B string was a little weak on mine or I would probably still have it. Kept it for over 10 years though..
     
  4. BassByBaldSteve

    BassByBaldSteve Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    Endorsing Artist: Fodera Basses, Aguilar Amplification
    Great mods! Been dying to try those Nordstrand's.

    I've got a jazz bass plus v coming in from AZ that should be arriving Tuesday. Needs a refinish, but I'll be swapping out parts like you did asap, maybe even the pre and pups, too, depending on how it functions.

    Are those tuners the 3/8" or the 1/2"?
     
  5. dinoadventures

    dinoadventures Feets don't fail me now!

    Jul 10, 2015
    Dallas, TX
    They're 3/8.

    I'd definitely put some serious consideration into keeping the stock electronics if they work well. There's nothing quite like that setup... quintessentially hifi and super clear. Might just be mostly the pickups tho.
     
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  6. UNICORN BASS

    UNICORN BASS

    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    Like the string tree!
     
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  7. BassByBaldSteve

    BassByBaldSteve Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    Endorsing Artist: Fodera Basses, Aguilar Amplification
    Thanks, man! Yeah, I'm really hoping that Kubicki pre is in good shape. That's the main reason I bought it.
     
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  8. BassByBaldSteve

    BassByBaldSteve Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    Endorsing Artist: Fodera Basses, Aguilar Amplification
    Update: got the bass, and the sound is insane. Holy crap - it's huge and can go from ultra modern thump to passive growl with no problem. That second active mode, with the mid-boost kills. It's dead quiet, too, so it must be one of the ones that was grounded correctly.

    Anyway, took it apart and am shipping the body to Pickguardian for a J-bass guard to get cut, swapping out the gotoh tuners for hipshot lollys, adding a brass nut, and like you, putting on metal string retainers.

    Killer bass. That neck is lethal.
     
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  9. dinoadventures

    dinoadventures Feets don't fail me now!

    Jul 10, 2015
    Dallas, TX
    That's accurate. It makes a Stingray sound like mud by comparison. The neck is as fast as fives get, no question. There are more comfortable necks but there are none faster.
     
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  10. BassByBaldSteve

    BassByBaldSteve Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    Endorsing Artist: Fodera Basses, Aguilar Amplification
    Exactly. I couldn't believe how fast it plays.
     
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