Too many spare parts = NBD

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fourlow, Apr 29, 2017.

  1. fourlow

    fourlow Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2016
    Vancouver, BC
    I had enough bits lying around to put together a reasonable P-bass, just needed to find a body(I have this strange condition where I just can't leave bass parts alone, they have to be assembled into something!). I don't have a fender-type bass currently strung with rounds so this fills that need and scratches the parts itch . Mostly assembled from leftover Squire parts, a nice playing Affinty J neck, Affinty P guts, some random 10.6k good sounding/low price pup's, some funky walnut tophat style knobs and other various stuff from the parts bin. I've been looking on CL and TB for a dirt cheap P body for a while found nothing so I went to Guitar Fetish and purchased this el-cheapo body in a cool looking color of surf green. Wanting to do something a little bit out of the ordinary with the look of the bass I grabbed a parchment pickguard blank and figured I would combine some aspects of the older tele-P and standard P pickguards. It came out a little bit 50's futuristic/George Jetson-y looking, which is kinda growing on me. A few hours work this morning and this is the result. These bodies are crazy light so the bass has a healthy does of neck dive tho the whole shebang weighs only 6lb 10oz so it is manageable (some light weight tuners would do a world of good... but that would kill the budget ;). Strung with some fresh EB Cobalts, the bass sounds surprisingly good. Punchy & bright, pretty neutral midrange and reasonable lows with a very low playing action. Slap sounds great on this one and the absent section of the PG at the bass of the neck opens that area up for your fingers to easily get under the strings (an unplanned bonus). Apart from the neck dive, things turned out pretty good with this mutt..... I think I will call him Elroy.

  2. alack


    Nov 20, 2000
    I like!
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  3. Warhawk

    Warhawk Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2003
    South of Heaven, Ohio
    Very cool! It has a mid-'60s Japanese bass look to it.
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  4. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Albuquerque, NM
    I like it a lot!!! Especially the pickguard.

    Would you tell me, what do you use to cut a pickguard? Do you bevel the edges?
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  5. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    Very cool--enjoy!
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  6. fourlow

    fourlow Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2016
    Vancouver, BC
    Cheers. The pickguard was cut with a bandsaw and a palm router. The edges were beveled with hand files.
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  7. Yay!!! "...daughter Judy, Jane, his wife..." Raw, Rorge.
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  8. Love the colors!
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  9. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    Loving it!
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  10. ubernator


    Oct 30, 2004
    lost angels
    Sand and re decal the headstock (faker or something of the sort) and good to go. That has more mojo than most squires.
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  11. BassFishingInAmerica


    Jul 24, 2014
    That pickguard design is sweet.
    I call it, Futuristic Retro.
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  12. Very Jetsons and a good use of parts.
    A matching headstock with a gold Fender script decal that says Elroy
    would be the final touch. :D
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  13. fourlow

    fourlow Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2016
    Vancouver, BC
    A matching headstock would look great, I dunno how close a match to this color I would be able to find tho! But ya never know.... If I end up finding a budget maple J neck with black dot inlays.... I could paint that headstock gloss black and slap an Elroy on there. Have to give this bass a little time and see if she sticks in the rotation. At the moment tho I am digging the sounds.
  14. wintremute

    wintremute mediocrity at its finest

    Oct 16, 2014
    Endorsing Artist: Langstrom Carrot Farms
    I like it!
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  15. jjmuckluckjr


    Mar 24, 2015
    Ahh that sea foam green is giving me beach blanket flashbacks. Toss on a Hawaiian shirt, a straw hat and Pooka beads then head for the shore. Summer's coming and that bass fits right in with suntan lotion, over-sized cocktails and bikinis. That bass probably has it's own surfboard. :thumbsup:
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  16. FenderB


    Mar 28, 2016
    Findlay, Ohio
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  17. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
    RIP Dark Horse strings
    I'll bet if you take the body to a local paint shop, you'll be surprised how closely they can match that color, especially if there's some raw paint in the neck pocket. I had to match some "Heathkit green" a few years ago, and my local guys had the paint equivalent of a Plek machine for doing that. :woot:
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  18. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Sweet looking Pbass! I did the same thing recently...had a bunch-o-parts just waiting for a body....took me about a year to find what I wanted. :D
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  19. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Potentially, both a name for your guitar and a band...

    '21st Century Gumby'...

    (Good job, fourlow)
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  20. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    The pick guard design is brilliant.
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