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Updating a Fender 51 Precision Reissue

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Chef, Jan 16, 2012.


  1. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Recently scored this bass:
    pretty nice. I like the color much more than the "school bus yellow" attempt. The finish on this one is super thin, and you can feel the grain thru it.
    But: no tug bar, the two saddle bridge could be better, the output jack was loose; and the stock pickup-while actually pretty nice at the vintage thing-doesn't bark and snarl like the SD SCPB3 I had in my old one.
    So; time for surgery, starting with gutting, masking and shielding.

    51gettingupdates.
     
  2. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Don't freak: the replacement bridge is still string thru!

    I figured as long as I had the thing nealy apart, I'd take the neck off, take a round file to the pickguard/body junction where you can't get to the trussrod, and fix that:

    51trussrodroute.
     
  3. dedpool1052

    dedpool1052

    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    always liked the way those SC p-basses thumped. cant wait to see the final product!
     
  4. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    GR Guitars made the one piece maple tugbar: just like the original. They supplied the electrosocket as well.
    Screwed everything down, put on some new DA XL170, set saddle height, set intonation, and she's ready to get on down the road to the next gig. I may order up some Chromes flats yet though...
    I really like those on my 57 reissue.

    finished...ain't that wood pretty ;)

    51updated.
     
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  5. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    yeah, that's fantastic.
     
  6. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Production note:
    the bobbin of the SD SCPB did not match the route.

    It took about 15 minutes of light work with a flat file to shape down the triangulated part the points to the bridge, to get it down to size.

    Also; I didn't measure depth of the SCPB3, but, it's torqued down all the way to get 1/8" between pole and underside of strings, fretted last position. Sure wouldn't want it any taller.

    Though the A and D poles are not raised to match contour of the fingerboard as the stock pickup's were, the A and D strings don't seem to suffer for it.

    Lastly, I took a Sharpie and blacked out the 'Basslines' logo on the pickup to make it look more stock.
    Yeah, the pole pieces are huge. Cie la Vie.
     
  7. Cool thread Chef. Good upgrade choices, I love the SCPB3 in my CV 50s P.

    Thank goodness you aren't messing with the finish. That's a relatively rare and hard-to-find finish, I love it.
     
  8. RickenBoogie

    RickenBoogie

    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Nice work. She looks like a player with class.
     
  9. moonshinegtrs

    moonshinegtrs Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 28, 2009
    White Bluff,Tn.
    Owner: Moonshine Custom Guitars
    Love the color on this one. These are great basses.

    Nice job!

    Moonshine. :bassist:
     
  10. Ben Clarke

    Ben Clarke Liquidating to fund a new business. Buy My Gear!

    Jan 6, 2005
    Western NY
    nice. My 91 has the same type of finish. I dumped the unknown Duncan in there for Curt Novak's take on the style. Much fuller bottom without losing the great snap of mids and highs. I also found some Bakelite knobs from an old test device that look badazz.

    I like the sound so much I didn't want to part from original bridge design, but I did just have some titanium saddles fabricated to replace the worn originals.

    I should've taken the time to shield it when I had it apart.
     
  11. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    Looks great Chef, would love to hear some sound clips if you're up to it!
     
  12. mongo2

    mongo2

    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Now I see why you were previously asking about the 4 saddles bridges for the SCPB...nice job.
     
  13. JavierFarias

    JavierFarias

    Feb 9, 2011
    Chile
    that would be nice!!

    amazing work, btw!

    regards.
     
  14. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I'm not clip ready, sorry guys.
    If it gets any stage or studio time where someone else records things, I'll post up though!
     
  15. How does the Duncan compare to the original pup?
     
  16. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    More lows, more highs, higher output. More raw, less smooth.
    If you want 'period correct tone,'' the stocker is pretty nice.
     
  17. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    This thing sounds really dang good thru a Mesa Walkabout and two GK 112 NeoII's.
     
  18. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya

    Dec 28, 2007
    What wouldn't? ;)

    As always, very nice. Don't let the J's know you're acting like a P-vert again.
     
  19. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Dude, I've got my 57PRI too....weird, huh?
     
  20. madbassplaya

    madbassplaya

    Dec 28, 2007
    You could take a pic of them together...just sayin. :)

    Do you still have your Lakland P5?
     

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