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Poor man's '58 Precision

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JH Statts, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. JH Statts

    JH Statts

    Jan 17, 2014
    Just picked up a Squier Matt Freeman P-Bass on the cheap and decided to spruce it up a bit. I bought a few things, and had a few things laying around, so I thought I'd make a poor man's '58 P (close enough). I can't wait to get all the supplies and get started.

    - Squier Matt Freeman Sig. P-Bass
    - Fender Gold Anodized Pickguard
    - CTS pots, New Wire, Switchcraft Input Jack, Orange Drop Cap
    - DiMarzio P122 Pickup
    - Chrome Ashtray and Pickup Covers
    - Fender Tweed Case w/ Red Interior

    Less than $500 all in. Radical.

    Here's a pic showing what I'm trying to achieve:

  2. JCooper

    JCooper ...meep. Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2009
    I love my Freeman P.
    Swapped out the pickup for a Bill Lawrence P-46, MAN.
    IMO, the neck is awesome on these.
  3. JH Statts

    JH Statts

    Jan 17, 2014
    I love the look of the neck, too. The aged look is just gorgeous. Did you like the stock pickup at all?
  4. bigscore1000


    Mar 6, 2004
    Pic of the end result ....please!
  5. man, that matt freeman model looks damn nice as-is, it'd be tough for me to mod one like that, but you're not me ;)

    I'm sure it'll turn out great though!
  6. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    I sorta kinda did I the same thing. I had a sweet E series MIK Squire. I reworked the neck(.roadworned)added Duncan antiquity pups, reliced MIA threaded bridge,CTS pots and orange cap.
    The body was pretty beat up but looked great with the anodized guard. It's not just like a 58' black body , rosewood neck but it plays and sounds boobies.
  7. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis

    The Matt Freeman Sig is awfully nice stock. I guess it would be cool to drop in a high end pick up though.:bassist:
  8. JH Statts

    JH Statts

    Jan 17, 2014
    bigscore1000... I'll surely post a pic.

    Hell, once I get the Freeman I might keep it bone stock. I do like it as is (looks wise). I've heard some love theirs out of the box... maybe I'll get one of the great ones. If that's the case, I won't change a thing.

    bassbully... yours sounds cool, too!
  9. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    You'll probably have to put something behind the pickguard on the treble side of the pickup to get the pickup cover to hold. Don't think the routing leaves wood there, and the ano'd pickguard is pre-drilled.
  10. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    gonna replace the chrome domes with barrels?
  11. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    The only thing I would replace is the bridge with a higher quality one. That's it; the Freemans are super great values.
  12. REMBO


    Jul 26, 2011
  13. JH Statts

    JH Statts

    Jan 17, 2014
    I was thinking yes.

    However, I talked to the seller today and he assured me that this particular bass is set up well and plays/sounds great. He checked it out personally before it left his store. He is a stand-up guy, so I believe him. He called it a gem.

    If that is the case, it will stay stock. I'm not one to mess with a good thing. I'll just keep the parts for a different project.

    Guess I find out tomorrow.
  14. pudgychef

    pudgychef Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2005
    Chongqing, China
    Will look great I am sure!

    Agree the MFs are pretty nice as are...love the black or white option and will definitely grab one if I cross paths with a used model

    Keep us posted on the developments once you get it and if you opt to go forward with the transformation
  15. JH Statts

    JH Statts

    Jan 17, 2014
    Will do.
  16. JH Statts

    JH Statts

    Jan 17, 2014
    Are these Freeman basses shielded?
  17. pudgychef

    pudgychef Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2005
    Chongqing, China
    paint shielding iirc - like the Classic Vibes
  18. JH Statts

    JH Statts

    Jan 17, 2014
  19. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA!
    Nice project you have going there - look forward to seeing the outcome and I hope you're very happy with it! :bassist:
  20. JH Statts

    JH Statts

    Jan 17, 2014
    It finally arrived. I couldn't be happier with it. And I think I'm going to keep it bone stock. At least for now. The build quality is mind-blowing. The fit and finish is perfection. The sound is amazing.


    Hard to capture the beauty that is the color of this bass. Simply gorgeous.