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So, my friend brought over his 76 Fender P-Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stooges_Fan, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. Stooges_Fan


    Nov 23, 2008
    non original paint (badly done custom job) but it was still a great guitar --- but as soon as I got close, I was shaking my head, and almost had tears... i'm a guitar player, but play bass also -- and def. know how to care for my gear.

    When I saw that fretboard, I was shocked -- It looks like it has NEVER been lemon oiled or steel wooled, no cleaning ! it was so dirty, that I think the dirt/grime has clear coated over the rosewood --- it's all smooth and weird now.....but dirty !

    and I think the truss rod is totally ****ed. the action is set pretty low, and is great on the first few frets, but from that point up the neck it's like a half inch off the fret board, and gets higher as you go up the neck... just unbearable.... the thing is that the neck looks straight, so it wouldn't need a truss adjustment.... I think it's just been totally screwed up.

    I can't believe how bad someone can care for their insturment :bawl:

    Of course, I didn't say anything to him, he thinks it's fine... :rollno:

    Just thought you guy's would be up for a story.
  2. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    you know what they say...no pix, no busted @$$ Fender...
  3. Stooges_Fan


    Nov 23, 2008
    you want pictures you mean ? Well he left it here, so I can take a couple pictures if that's what you mean, lol -- I'm not gonna fix it, I spend enough time on my insturments, I just thought it's a good story, about how dumb people can be...
  4. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    meh, garbage and totally unfixable..I'll give him $100 for it. :p

    The neck probably just need to be shimmed, easy fix if that's the case.
  5. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    That "dirt" is mojo and the setup is just like Jamerson's.

    It's got it goin' on.

  6. Mojo is one thing. Dirt and grime packed in around the frets is just plain NASTY :eyebrow:
  7. LCW

    LCW Banned

    Mar 2, 2009
    sounds like wall art to me
  8. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    give the truss a tweak, you'd be surprised at how the old fenders have a little more give on the truss than you'd think. also how high are the bridge saddles? cause they could be lending to the high action as well. and are the strings really high gauge? they might be causing too much tension.

    its not a lost cause yet. and that dirt can easily be taken care off.

    i'd love to see some pics :)
  9. EADG mx

    EADG mx

    Jul 4, 2005

    "non original paint (badly done custom job)"
  10. PocketGroove82


    Oct 18, 2006
    I can! Some people can barely take care of themselves!
    Both cases are pretty sad. How did the bass play?
  11. Stooges_Fan


    Nov 23, 2008
    Bass was smooooth, felt like it was great at one point ;)

    The saddles are set pretty much close to all the way down.... he should have treated it better, I think he's had it in the case for the last 10-15 years... around severe smoke.

    oh forgot to mention it has an excellent 15 year old (roughly) set of GHS Boomers... nice and rusted lol.
  12. KiwiGroove


    Jul 15, 2008
    I would very much be interested in pics.
  13. lorenk


    Apr 8, 2008
    Bend, Oregon
    I would like to see pictures also! :)
  14. kingpin2512


    Aug 9, 2008
    Take pics.
  15. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    I don't know, I rarely clean my basses. How it sounds and how it plays is what counts to me.
  16. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
  17. BillMason

    BillMason Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2007
    Subscribing for pics!
  18. Chris Ramlar

    Chris Ramlar

    Feb 8, 2006
    no pic no chic
  19. Dee_01


    May 19, 2007
    How well does any bass play with the action a half inch off the fretboard and crusted up with poo?

    I can't stand filthy guitars! The dirt from the board makes strings sound dead real quick and makes it feel terribly slow. Yuck. So hideous.
  20. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
    Considering that, and that you said the neck was straight in the first post, a little neck shim might be all that's needed to make it spiffy once again.

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