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Refreshing an instrument

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by AshInAmsterdam, Feb 5, 2016.

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    Isn't it nice how you can refresh an instrument with the simplest, cheapest changes.

    I changed my Pickguard last night and it felt almost like a NBD!

    Fender standard Ps come in only four colour options and the candy apple red all have white pick guards. I wanted to be different and am a fan of red and black so I went black and ordered a €10 third party piece as I was ordering other bits anyway.

    It took a couple of hours of gently filing the neck slot and a little around the pickup hole to make it fit, and only 3 of the screws lined up so some drilling was necessary. But hey.

    It felt like a new bass again, even only for an evening of playing.
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    Incidentally does anyone know what the little indent is in the top right of the body?

    It's about 15mm (2/3") or so and has a letter A written in it and a screw hole in the centre.
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  3. If it "has a letter a written in it" it obviously is an " a hole".

    Otherwise, it was used to receive a round pin to position the body while undergoing a machining process, during manufacturing.
    mbelue, roogbass, Billyzoom and 3 others like this.
  4. 5544


    Dec 1, 2015
    The extra hole looks like operator error that was able to be covered up by the pickguard.

    Either that it is a tone release emergency valve (Fender Made in ______ models only).
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  5. Every "Made in Mexico" Fender bass I have hand apart.. had that hole in the body, so it is part of the machining process..
  6. Ah yes because the American ones have less tone so they add a release valve to the others so that people think they're not better. *controversy*

    Perhaps it's where the instamojo™ Module by ashinamsterdam parts ltd screws in.
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  7. Billyzoom

    Billyzoom Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    Bay Area
    Looks great!
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  8. Marko 1

    Marko 1

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    That’s exactly how I felt when I changed out my white pickguards for... something else I won’t mention what but you can take a wild guess... :D
  9. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 Life: It's sexually transmitted and always fatal Supporting Member

    its a "holding" spot for the CNC
  10. Oh I'm sure I've heard that particular four letter word enough on this board.......
    Marko 1 likes this.
  11. Well, they do make your bass sound better!
  12. There are other four letter words to respond to that idea
  13. 5544


    Dec 1, 2015
    Kind of odd to be drilling holes to hold the work piece in place when a clamp is able to do the same job a lot faster.

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  14. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    But the machine cannot edge route around clamps.
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    Dec 1, 2015

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