Pat Wilkins Club

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dinodino, May 13, 2016.

  1. dinodino


    Mar 9, 2008
    Hi All,
    I've seen a lot of small threads here and there about Pat's handiwork, whether it be his refinishes or custom basses. I wanted one place where we can all show off our beautiful basses! I have no idea why Pat's customs fly under the radar, but here is my submission!

    Early VRB in a reverse PJ configuration with a heavily figured Birdseye neck. It's also chambered and comes in under 8.2 lbs! Lightweight but sounds massive! I might send it in for a refin for a metallic color soon once I decide what I want. I'm excited to see your custom Wilkins and refinishes and give Pat the props he deserves!

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  2. Mr_O'B


    Feb 22, 2015
    Your Wilken's bass is smoking hot!
    I know he uses a variety of preamps and pickups. Which electronics are in your bass?
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  3. dinodino


    Mar 9, 2008
    Bartolini preamp and unknown pickups- most likely SDs or Pat Wilkins pickups. The reverse p singled out is what I usually use with the j pickup mixed in sparingly to taste depending on my need to get more middy.
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  4. Mr_O'B


    Feb 22, 2015
    Thanks! :) I see that much thought went into selecting your gear down to the matching strap! ;):thumbsup:
  5. dinodino


    Mar 9, 2008
    Hah I would've selected the PUS to personal specs if I had it built, but I bought it second (or third....or fourth hand). All I know is that it sounds sweet!
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  6. kohanmike

    kohanmike Gold Supporting Member

    Can I be in the club being that I've had two basses painted by him and will have two more done in the next few weeks?

    Small P-bass done 600.jpg
    Tutmark tribute done 700.jpg

    next in line
    Ukenbacker mod pups 700.jpg
    Jaguarlele mod 750.jpg
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  7. dinodino


    Mar 9, 2008
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  8. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Pat is wizard . Super nice guy with a long history in building , finishing and playing instruments . His early days at Schecter were instrumental and working along side of some legendary builders that are still making amazing instruments today . I'm lucky enough to shoot over to his shop now and then and you will most likely find a a famous player or 2 in there and at the very least a room full of amazing instruments . I highly recommend Pat's strings made for him to his specs by La Bella they are out standing and very nicely priced . Pat keeps detailed build sheets as well so if you have an old bass of his he may be able to dig up the build sheet which is cool to have. I have had several basses finished or refinished by him . I still have the U.S. Schecter he refin'd for me and I have one of his Road tested basses which is pure magic . I do have another Wilkins in route as we speak \m/\m/ Without Pat the boutique instrument world would be much less colorful . Cheers








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  9. diamondsplit


    Jan 13, 2012
    Pat is a real nice guy I have a 1992 Wilkins Namm show bass he is doing some little odds and ends on it. He seems real happy to see it he made 10 that year and sold them out at a price of 3,850. This bass is a top notch bass Pat is well known in refinishing and building and i have played some high end boutique basses and this is tops. He told me he put a lot of time and effort in this bass and you can see he went above and beyond it is my best bass. It will be super sweet and special once he is done

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  10. Here are the 2 basses that killed my GAS totally. After years of trying and selling basses I have not purchased any other basses since getting these.

    Fun Fact: Did you know that Pat also has his own line of bass strings? That's what the first bass wears....

    The first I bought: Roadtested PJ5 (WRTPJ 5)

    Chambered J-Bass body
    Body Wood: Alder
    Fretboard: Birdseye maple
    Neck: Hard rock maple (from ancient stock)
    Color: Matte Marooned
    34" scale 12" radius
    Neck Pickup: Wilkins 60's P5
    Bridge Pickuped: Nordstrand J (matched)
    Elkectronics: Aguilar OBP-3 V/Bl/Bass/Pp HiMid/LoMid/Treble (9V)
    Tuners: Hipshot ultralite 1/2
    Bridge: Hipshot C vintage
    Bone Nut
    18.5mm spacing
    9.0 pounds
    NBD: Wilkins Roadtested PJ5 (WRTPJ 5)

    Which led to: Wilkins 'Cayenne' (Roasted) PJ5

    Roasted Body - Pearl White Satin finish
    Fingerboard - Dark Roasted Flamed Maple - Natural Satin Finish
    Neck - Quarter Sawn Honey Roasted Flamed Maple - Natural Satin Finish
    34" Scale, 10" Radius
    Nut Width 1.75
    Frets 6230
    Nordstrand NP5
    Nordstrand J5
    Sadowsky Preamp
    Hipshot Ultralite tuners
    Hipshot Vintage C bridge, 18.5mm
    7.8 pounds
    Originally made for Tully Kennedy...
    NBD: Wilkins 'Cayenne' (Roasted) PJ5

    He painted this Carvin for me in an amazing Burgundy Mist:

    Pat is incredibly talented and one of the truly nicest people I have ever met.
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  11. kohanmike

    kohanmike Gold Supporting Member

    I'm so happy I took the recommendation of others here on TB to check out Pat, I'm about 35 minutes driving distance so I never have to worry about shipping costs or damage, and what makes it even better, Eric's Guitar, who I now use for doing mods, is about 10 minutes away from Pat. They're both great guys, extremely conscientious and work fast, within a few weeks, where the last two people I used took close to a year for the same kind of work.
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  12. pudge


    Sep 13, 2008
    One I picked up here.

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  13. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    California Republic
    Major Praise for a superb craftsman. Visited his shop once, and my Carl Pedigo build was finished by him. He's a great guy, and the work speaks for itself. I'm thinking of taking a project bass to him, and have no doubt that his own builds are first-rate.
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  14. dinodino


    Mar 9, 2008
    Beautiful basses! Is that schecter finished in lake placid blue?
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  15. dinodino


    Mar 9, 2008
    Very cool finish! I reached out to Pat and he said my bass was made shortly after NAMM around the same timeframe as yours. These are really something special.
  16. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Thanks ! Yes it is :)
  17. danomite64


    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    Pat finished this neck for me:



    It looks great, and it never gets sticky, no matter how humid a gig gets here in Florida.
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  18. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    sign me up - Pat's the man :thumbsup:

    Firemist Metallic Gold
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  19. bassstation

    bassstation terms of enRAMPAGEment


    He Refinished a 8 string I had. It was a silver-sparkle eye sore and he Refinished it in limo black, it looked like a black mirror. This was 10 years ago, I have to see if I can find some pics. Pat was friendly and easy to work with, his price was reasonable, I think he deserves some recognition.
  20. Bergerman

    Bergerman Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2004
    Creswell, OR
    Pat busted out some Candy Apple Orange for my Sadowsky Modern!

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