P bass to Musicman

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Dicky7, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. Dicky7


    Mar 26, 2012
    Hi guys, this is my first thread, I thought I'd share a project I've been working on recently. It's not a complete scratch build, more modifying a budget P bass into something resembling a Stingray. I know it won't sound that much like a real 'ray as it's going to be passive and well...not a Stingray. I'm using a Warman pickup wired series/single coil/parallel, which should still give a good tone. Sorry for the poor ipod pics.

    I started with this, a Gear4Music P bass, they're pretty good quality instruments for the price so it makes a good starting point.


    Stripped all the hardware, drilled pickguard holes, 'routed' the pickup cavity and extra control cavity (with a drill and chisel as I don't have a router). It's messy but it's covered by the PG. I also filled the cavity connecting the two with a chunk of pine as that won't be covered by the PG or control plate.



    I filled in the exposed screw holes and wood today with cocktail sticks, PVA and sawdust and then drop filled with black nail polish. I also painstakingly layered nail polish on top of the wood fill. I wet sanded the lot today with 600 up to 2000 grit and it looks okay, you can see it if you look for it but from a distance it's fine. I'll polish it tomorrow and put in the electronics and new bridge.
    Thanks for looking!
  2. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    If you refinish the whole bass, this could be a really cool project. What are you planning on doing with that bare chunk of wood that you filled the rout with.
  3. Dicky7


    Mar 26, 2012
    I wish I had the time to completely refinish the body. I may get round to doing that eventually but for now, the nail polish quick fix looks alright. I might also look into making it active further down the line. For now here's some more pictures...

    Electronics all wired up. Because the control cavity is a little too wide for the musicman control plate screws I glued in some dowel for the screws.

    The chunk of wood painted with nail polish before final sanding and polishing.

    Finished product

    Pretty happy with it, looks like a less fat Stingray. I really like the Warman pickup especially for the price! I might change the headstock and refinish the neck at some point too, at the very leasdt I'll change the headstock logo. Any ideas?