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P-bass players: answer me this!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MovingPitchers, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. I feel like having the control knobs on the pickguard on any p-bass is kinda unnecessary. I was considering cutting off the tail part so it can replicate a jazz bass chrome control plate so whenever I have to adjust the truss rod on my American precision bass, I don't have to worry about somehow yanking out all the soldered electronics.

    Does anyone do this or is it just me?
  2. I have seen it done before a few times.
  3. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    My 2002 AM Standard and my 2010 Precision V, there's notch cut (in the PG) at the heel so I can tweak the truss rod any ol' time and go right back to playing.

    Don't know when they started doing that but...
  4. dedpool1052


    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    wouldn't it make more sense to add a small route by the truss rod to make adjusting it easier?
  5. Cut a little 'notch' in the pickguard to get a wrench in there!

  6. Thinking about doing that but me and someone from CL are trying to find a place to meet so he can trade his USA jazz bass for my USA Precision bass...don't want to do anything to my bass...yet...unless he bails..
  7. Nope, not me.

    I recommend just buying the correct PG (one with the notch) instead.
  8. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    Yeah, I wouldn't hack up a perfectly good P Bass that way - I'd either notch out the PG, or buy one that's notched...

    - georgestrings
  9. There's no clearance unless you rout into the wood, too. So get the PG and body routed at the same time.
  10. I hope you're not thinking of wiring the pickup straight to the jack and expecting it to sound like you have V and T dimed. One common P circuit uses 250kΩ pots with a 0.1µF cap. This setup definitely affects the pickup's tone dimed.
  11. I did that on an Ibanez Roadstar but only because the pickguard was already broken.

  12. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    that...that looks really cool.
  13. No I'm just not a fan of the pickguard design in the sense that it's connected to the control knobs.
  14. jad


    Aug 29, 2002
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Having the knobs on the pickguard doesn't bother me at all. Having the jack there is a problem for me. I'm always bumping it and flexing the guard. Lots of guys end up breaking them. You see a lot of P players use 90° guitar cords to deal with this. I took it a step further on my main gigging P. I dropped a jack in on the edge of the body, similar to a slab P. I left the old jack alone so if I ever have a problem with the one on the side during a gig, I can still use the original one.
  15. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High

    Jul 21, 2012

    Having the jack there doesn't bother me, either. I simply use a 90 degree cable.
  16. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Yeah, I did that. I was experimenting with pots and caps, and wanted to be able to get into the control cavity easier without having to remove all the screws and the entire pickguard.

  17. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    I kinda like the way that looks. May have to try on one of mine.
  18. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Yeah, as long as you're not cutting up a $200 vintage tort guard, no permanent damage done to the bass. Just the pickguard.
  19. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    Same here - usually, once I get a P Bass wired the way I want it, it's really not an issue regarding the control cavity... I don't have a problem sliding the PG under the strings, and rotating it for work done - and it's not like I'm in there all the time, anyways... Even with a battery in there for EMGs, it just isn't an issue to me...

    - georgestrings