P-Bass build project: Persephone

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Blairb, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. Blairb

    Blairb Guest

    Nov 1, 2007
    This is my first parts bass and I am by no means a luthier. Just thought it would be fun to document it on here. I've seen some amazing basses on this site built from scratch...This bass won't be one of those. Any advice will be well received and I'm open to change during it's build. I am keeping somewhat to a budget, so far I'm in about $80.

    Here is a picture of the body. It's a Mighty Mite and was stained by the seller I bought it from on eBay.

    And here is some misc. parts. Neck plate, string tensioner, pick guard screw...etc.
  2. That stain with that pickguard are going to look amazing together, mind posting a pic of it laid on top, just to give us a teaser? I can't wait to see it!
  3. Blairb

    Blairb Guest

    Nov 1, 2007
    I'm not home right now, but I most certainly will.
  4. Blairb

    Blairb Guest

    Nov 1, 2007
    I'll take a better picture, but this was on my computer already.
  5. Sweet Sally O'Malley. That is going to look really nice! I know it isn't for everyone, but if there was one bass that I believe gold hardware would look good on, it would be this! Good eye on the colour choice, can't wait to see more!
  6. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Beautiful! Thinkin of staining one of those bodies myself
  7. bassman10096

    bassman10096 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    Is the body just stained, or is it clearcoated over a stain? I like the dark stain, but think it would look better with an antique white or cream colored pickguard. If it's not already clearcoated, a treatment of an oil finish like Danish Oil or plenty of other products folks here could recommend would give it a nice finished look.

    If it's just stained (with no shiny topcoat), you could go further (with considerably more effort and time) with a nitro or polyurethane clearcoat. Either one would be pretty easy to apply to a stained piece of wood, but you'd benefit from some general instructions on applying, sanding out and polishing a clearcoat over a colored finish: http://reranch.com/101a.htm. Read it with the specific kind of look and finish you want - it starts from the assumption that you want a glassy smooth, high gloss finish (e.g. if you don't care about the contours of the grain being part of the final, finished feel, then don't bother to fill the grain - same with applying dyes - sounds like you already like to color of your wood). When they talk about "lacquer" they mean nitrocellulose clearcoat spray (available from Reranch, Stewart Mcdonald, etc). If your body already has a nitro clearcoat, you need to stay with nitro. It it's just stained, you can use Minwax Polyurethane Gloss spray varnish for a tougher finish. If you use poly, make sure to allow full drying (it takes longer than nitro) between coats, fine-sanding, etc as described on the link above. Good luck - you can have a pretty bass with this body.
  8. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
  9. NightTripper

    NightTripper Guest

    Oct 20, 2011
    I'm more of a solid/bright colors kind of guy, but that stain is sexy! Can't wait to see it completed.

    Is it ash?
  10. Blairb

    Blairb Guest

    Nov 1, 2007
    It is an ash body and I was told by the seller that is a nitro finish.
  11. IPA

    IPA Supporting Member

    May 5, 2010
    Nice body! I would have gone with B/W/B pickguard(I'm boring) but that tort will look snappy.
  12. great lookin' body!
  13. Blairb

    Blairb Guest

    Nov 1, 2007
    So... I'm looking at pickup options. Originally I was going to go with the EMG PX system, but as I'm looking to put less miles on 79' and the SR700 is tuned to BEAD now, hopefully I can make this my go to bass. Maybe a Dimarzio DP122 and a nice set of pots??? On my active Ibanez I tend to have all the tones set flat and only occasionally boost the mids for the bridge pup on some songs. I really like the idea of active, but I'm finding that I don't really take advantage of their capabilities. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.
  14. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Bill Lawrence? They seem mighty popular in the pickups and electronics forum
  15. bassmachine2112


    Mar 23, 2008
    Maple neck perchance?
  16. Blairb

    Blairb Guest

    Nov 1, 2007
    I'm going with a Warmoth wenge and padouk Jazz neck they have prebuilt...if its sold by the time I'm ready to order I'll go with one of their all maple necks.
  17. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    The Dp122 is a killer p/u , strong & aggressive .. big fan...

    I just put a Warmoth Padouk neck on a build and it's freakin awesome . That is a good price for that one too you should go snag it !


  18. Blairb

    Blairb Guest

    Nov 1, 2007
    I thought so too.
  19. Blairb

    Blairb Guest

    Nov 1, 2007
    Very nice.