P bass experts, Help!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by brekfustuvluzer, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. this may be a horible question, but thats the beauty anonymity! does anyone know if the old skool 51-54 p bass pickguards line up on the new p basses. i know i would have to drill some extra holes but will it fit?
  2. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    You'd have a big gaping hole where the control cavity is, and a lot of open space around the pickup from the oversized route.
  3. GlennW

    GlennW Inactive

    Sep 6, 2006
    I don't know, but I don't think so.

    I believe that while the perimeters of the basses are the same the early slab body P has a smaller diameter outside radius on the edges. Three or so years later when the body contours were added the radius of the outside edge was also increased which required a slightly smaller pickguard. Both of these were the single coil basses.

    I think 51-53 (larger pickguard) are the same and 54-56 (smaller pickguard) are the same.

    Not sure how the SC Tele Bass fits in.

    I also think all the current pickguards for the SC P are made to 54-56 size.
  4. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    Either way, the chome cover won't cover the control cavity. You'd have to improvise something for that.
  5. cool thanks for the info guys. i've never taken the pickguard off of a p to see what the routing looks like. thats why i love talkbass!