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'Strat-O-Bass' custom build

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kiwi_Rik, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. Kiwi_Rik


    Sep 4, 2013
    For a while now, I have been wanting to build a custom bass, with a blend of Jaguar and Jazz bass. I had a bunch of Fender Jaguar parts left over from modding my Squier, so I splashed out on a $145 Jazz copy and proceeded to hack it up :)

    As I bought it....


    First job was to thin down the neck, as it felt like a baseball bat. I spent an hour or so sanding until I had 2-3mm taken off it. I also re-shaped the headstock, as it had an ugly point to it.

    After reshaping and clear coating the neck, I added my tongue-in-check Fender Strat-O-Bass decal which I created in Illustrator.


    The next job was to replace the electrics. I had bought a brand new set of ABT pups and pre-amp from a custom shop Washburn project. This was a 2 stage job, firstly cutting out the cavities for the pre-amp, switches and battery, and secondly, wiring the whole mess up.

    I created the cavities using a drill and chisel, since I don't own a router. Using Illustrator again, I created a new pickguard layout, which is a blend of the original Jazz PG and the Jaguar one. This I had laser cut, and I bevelled it using a dremel mounted in my vice. I wont go into detail over the electrics, but I had to lose the mid EQ channel and wire in the extra switches etc etc.


    All in all, I'm pretty happy with the results, and the whole thing owes me less than $300. It actually plays pretty nice too.

    Oh...the maple fretboard originally had dot inlays. I added the black pearl inlay decals as I like that look. Easily removed.

  2. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    Wow! Very well done!
  3. aquamentus


    Apr 15, 2005
    Keokuk, IA
  4. Not what I was expecting when you said "Strat-o-bass", but it's very well done. :)
    Kind of what I wanted to do to the VM Jag5 I had for a bit.
  5. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    I was expecting something like this ...

  6. Kiwi_Rik


    Sep 4, 2013
    LOL, nice mod. Not the first Strat I've seen turned into a bass though. I've often thought of doing that with an SG body to make a 5 string. Maybe for the next project.....:)
  7. Kiwi_Rik


    Sep 4, 2013
    I originally wanted to do a 5 string Jaguar, but then the bastards at Fender released the Squier one! No fun if isn't going to be a one-off :D
  8. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Nice modded bass
  9. Does it come in long scale? :D
  10. UK Philip

    UK Philip

    Sep 5, 2013
    where's the strat part?
  11. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    That is cool. I'd love to hear how that thing sounded with those pickups.
  12. grrg63


    Dec 14, 2005
    Looks more like a jag than a strat. Didnt John K or somebody make an incredible Stratobass a couple years ago?
  13. THORRR

    THORRR Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2010
    Parker, Colorado
  14. Kiwi_Rik


    Sep 4, 2013
    The name is a nod to all the old 60's 'Stratosphere' styled items. Think 'Jetsons' :)
  15. adamsmatthewj


    May 4, 2013
    This is great! Looks awesome man. #jealousofthoseskills