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P-body verses J-body Question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SurferJoe46, May 7, 2010.

  1. Are these two bodies the same dimensions?

    Not worried about wood, parts quality or routed-pockets, etc - just the physical sizes.

    Got an idea - danger! :ninja:
  2. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    They are different shapes (The Jazz has the offset waist).
  3. OK then - that might be OK enuff.

    Not counting the routed-out places and electronics, (there's always Bond-O) would the pickguards interchange or not be close to fit the other body profile? I could re-contour the PG if necessary ------- maybe.

    The reason I asked is that I just got a $5.00 Fender non-Affinity P-type from the back of an old guy's garage that may go under the knife and just get some changes. At least, it doesn't say 'Affinity' on the head.

    I'll get the serial number and some pixs of it when my wife brings it back to me on Monday or so. The guy was trying to find the case for it - he said it was brown, possibly tweed and wooden. I dunnow.

    It has the pups and pots/wires reminiscent of a P, and the PG is missing. The neck's really good and straight, but I thought I might hybrid something special.

    Being somewhat disabled, I would like to play with this idea. I've got a pretty good woodshop and with a custom water-slide ---ah!

    With forty-some leftover half gallons of automotive lacquers and HVLP guns, I bet I can get some nice colors too.
  4. mkrtu9


    Mar 2, 2006
    if it came from some "old guys garage" I would make sure this isn't an old bass before I butchered it. It could be worth some serious cash.
  5. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    ha, no kidding...
  6. Yeah - that's a possibility - he says his son played in a jazz band and/or orchestra in New Jersey in the '60s, but he's not sure if this was the same bass. It might be a donor unit for spare parts or something.

    So - yes, I will check first. There are a few pieces gone - the P/G for one and the knobs, but most of it is there.
  7. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    The pickguards have very different shapes, and would not interchange at all. However, there is a good aftermarket for Fender pickguards. I'm sure you could find a great one.
  8. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    Now I really wanna see pics of this thing...
  9. Monday when my wife gets back from visiting them - about 90 miles away and she'll bring it back. I'm not there and have not actually seen it yet - I only had my wife on the phone in the house trying to remember the questions I asked her. There's no bars on her cellphone - no microwaves can even get there so she cannot get to the barn AND be on the phone at the same time. There's also the spider-factor too. She hates spiders!!!

    The wooden, brown tweed-y case is the big mystery to me. Did Fender have a tweed case a bunch of years ago? Hopefully they can find it in the top of the barn where the bass was.

    She's there now and I can call after dinner and ask if she can see the serial number - if she wants to get near the spiders and such.

    This could be interesting - and $5.00 too!

    On older Fenders, where is the serial number?
  10. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Yes, Vintage cases were tweed.

    Serial numbers are almost always found on the front of the headstock by the logo or in the neck pocket (you'll have to take the neck off).
  11. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Also, Fender would stamp dates on the neck heel and often hand write them on in the neck pocket.

    Make sure it isn't a vintage bass before you do anything to it!
  12. I won't do anything until I know more.
  13. MY wife found the PG. It's aluminum - is that normal?
  14. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Some vintage Fenders had aluminum guards.

  15. '50s anodized guard P Bass maybe?

  16. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    HUGE WIN??? Pics will help (you know)... Monday pic posts will tell
  17. St Drogo

    St Drogo

    Oct 9, 2009
    Oof, DeliriumTremens... I never really liked the look of Precisions except for Roger Waters' one, but that one is killer!

    Man. That's just pornographic. I'll be in my bunk.

    Also, Surferjoe, Gratz on the find!
  18. It ain't here yet. Let's see what it really is first.
  19. Monday when wife gets back with it - she's not carrying a camera or internet access.

    They're fortunate to not have to use smoke signals there.
  20. St Drogo

    St Drogo

    Oct 9, 2009
    Dude. You spent like 5 bucks on it right? If it turns out to be a 1972 west-Ukranian fake mustache made of paper mache and asbestos you would've gotten your money's worth. Anything more than that is worth Gratz.

    But here's hoping it's a closet vintage Fender.

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