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Tone-quest: P-bass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by honkyfunk, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. honkyfunk


    Dec 4, 2013
    I think I got lucky on this one. Bought a new, off-the-shelf MIM P-Bass here in SF area California. Had it "Plecked" at SF works, (something every bass might want to consider), had La Bella flat 49-109's put on and a hipshot vintage (with the string ball shroud) bridge. That's it, and it sounds better than any of 5 other P-basses that I've owned in various configurations. As I was considering putting over-wound Lollar split replacement, I think I'll just leave it alone! I'm new to TB forums, but I'm so pleased with the tone out of this thing, I just had to throw it out there. I'm getting every tone descriptor that I've ever read here on the forums: tone up: a bit of growl, tone-rolled off: an absolutely round, heavy, not-airy or boomy, beautiful and quintessential P-bass tone. Those strings pull pretty hard on that poor MIM neck, but the action is low, no buzz, and plays like milk. All for under $850.00 - Amp is Ampeg PF500 to a 2x10 Mesa traditional. Keeps my neighbors happier, because night-time is headphone time. My next thread will pursue about 1,000 questions for all y'all experts and pro's out there. TB is fantastic.
  2. .

    Hey, excuse my ignorance, but what's "Plecked" exactly?
  3. musicman666


    Sep 11, 2011
    Awesome! You have any info on SF Works, can't seem to find em on line. I wanna try this PLEK'ing!
  4. musicman666


    Sep 11, 2011
    Ahh! Never mind. SF Guitarworks! Going to try em out!
  5. honkyfunk


    Dec 4, 2013
    You got it! Sorry.. SF Guitarworks. They are great people and very good at their craft. The "Plek" is their fret-planing machine. You cannot believe how well your bass plays after this treatment. You can get the action lower than otherwise, and the fretboard feels like a different world.

    "A Plek is a computer controlled fret leveling tool, which in the hands of an experienced tech, can provide an unparalleled fret job. It levels frets with an accuracy of .0001″, assists in the process of making nuts, and offers extremely advanced setup functions."

    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78!

    Oct 25, 2012
    NJ to Sin City
    Yes and the shop has to have that 'Plek' machine to do it and not many do.
  7. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    There's a guy in Nashville who has the Plek machine, and I've had luthiers do a better job than that machine did. They were really good luthiers, though.
  8. that place is very cool...I used to have stuff done with another guy until he moved away, and now I use these guys for stuff I don't want to do myself. Very nice people.