PROJECT FRANKEN-JAZZ: Squier Deluxe Active Jazz V

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pablomigraine, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. pablomigraine

    pablomigraine Commercial User

    Feb 9, 2005
    New York
    Director of Commercial Sales - Neural DSP
    Of all the amazing basses in the world, I have always held the Fender Jazz design as a personal favorite. The look and feel of these instruments is simply where its at for me.

    Unfortunately many of us have found Fender's quality to be lacking lately, and subsequently the market has responded with so many souped-up, hot-rodded and modified jazz copies that we can virtually have anything we want in a jazz bass. Different neck profiles and string spacing, better pickups etc.

    Unfortunately, I have never found a jazz bass that had everything I wanted. The closest Ive come to a stock jazz copy that made me truly happy was the Sadowsky NYC line, and the Lakland JO5. So Like many people Ive decided to a project jazz.

    I knew the Warmoth necks could be made exactly the way I like them (22 fret, maple on maple, extra stiff, and with generally superior fretwork to the Fenders), but what stock bass to start with. Owing to the huge expense Im going to incur in aftermarket mods it made no sense to start with anything more expensive than a mexican fender 5. After tinkering with a bunch of different basses however, I discovered that the Squier V actually sounded better stock. Even tho I plan on replacing the neck, I also found the fretwork to be superior as well!! Whats not to like? Comparable body wood, equal weight, properly shielded control cavity.... this was it!! The only gripe is the equal sized neck and bridge pickups.

    Planned mods
    - Warmoth Maple / Maple neck 22 fret w banjo-wire frets
    - Black Gotoh tuners
    - Graph-tech nut
    - Feiten Tuning
    - Bartolini 9J pickups
    - Sadowsky Preamp w/ Vintage tone control
    - Leo Quan Badass III Bridge
    - Schaller Straplocks

    Will post " Stage I " pics this weekend!
  2. Subscribed. I'll be curious to see what you think of the Warmoth neck. I'm not a big fan.
  3. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Word of warning about Warmoth necks: they're a lot heavier than people think they are. But the setup looks really slick, I'm sure it'll sound killer :bassist:
  4. pablomigraine

    pablomigraine Commercial User

    Feb 9, 2005
    New York
    Director of Commercial Sales - Neural DSP
    any suggestions on an alternative?

    I need maple / maple, very stiff, traditional 4+1 headstock to fit small tuners, flattened "U" profile and the ability to get very thin ( think Lakland, vintage Fender) fretwire, with excellent fretwork stock.
  5. USA Custom. Graphite stiffener bars(or not, your choice), truss rod heel or headstock(your choice), radius, profile, woods etc. all up to you. Ultra thin/narrow, 60's style? available. Whatever you want. I've got a couple, one's birds eye maple/birds eye maple, with graphite bars. Flawless and lightweight. Highly recommended.
  6. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny... Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    As a self-proclaimed jazz bass snob, I found it odd that when I stopped at a GC in San Diego, the only bass I found myself enjoying was a $299 Squier Jazz Dlx V. And to this day, I swear that if I had to give up my Am Dlx that I switched necks on and added a J-Retro Dlx to... the first bass I'd buy would be a Squier J Deluxe V.

    I, too, await the results of your build.
  7. pablomigraine

    pablomigraine Commercial User

    Feb 9, 2005
    New York
    Director of Commercial Sales - Neural DSP
    Probably not going to do the USA customs neck after some research. At just under twice the cost with the options I'd want, It just doesnt work for me. Given that both Warmoth and USA Customs offer no real options as to neck profile (Warmoth is medium thin asymetrical, USACG is medium large U shape only, with options as to thickness) I think the warmoth will be easier for me to play. I'm not really worried about weight as I prefer a heavier instrument, and neck dive isnt an issue considering I estimate the body on my Squier V to be close to 8lbs and the warmoth neck would have to be obscenely heavy to cause any real trouble.

    I've decided I need to pick between one of the two following sets of electronics / pups:


    Match a bartolini NTMB with a pair of Standard Ceramic Bar CBJD-L1 pickups (2 "bridge position" Classic Bass series DEEP at ~95mm in length)


    (I'm concerned that these pickups wont fit as the generally agreed upon length of the stock pups is ~93mm.)


    Match a pair of Seymour Duncan SJB-5B with an Aguilar OBP-3 4 knob / 1 switch config.

    (The barts might be too big, these might be too small.... its give or take ~1.8MM either way it seems.....experience anyone?)

    Anybody have any opinions? I'm looking for very a very thick, deep tone with an underlying Jaco buzz. NOT looking for the ringing, more anemic sound found on lots of jazz basses. I want GIRTH and STRENGTH!
  8. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    Will the Warmoth neck fit the Squier body with no modification?

    I don't know if Squier uses the same neck pocket dimensions as Fender. It would be great if it did.
  9. subscribed
  10. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    The Warmoth has 22 frets, the Squier 20.