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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by x182, Mar 26, 2004.
what do you guys think of this idea.
using a vintage body and neck with modern pickups and preamp?
as in, vintage STYLE or, a body from 1965?
No reason not to try that. What electronics are you considering? Some modern electronics sound very modern, some don't.
Some of the most Modern sounds I've heard come out of a Vintage J or P looking Bass are from the Basses of Pat Wilkins Basses(of Wilkins guitar finishes)you would have to hear it to believe it.
Ding ding! We have a winner. Now, buy me one.
Maybe a slab bodied 51 P turned 5 string active jazz bass? or maybe turned into a 6 string fretless
hey x182, just look to most boutique builders... most all do some sort of hot rodded "Vintage Fender"! Even Fender makes some Hot rodded Vintage Fenders
Real Vintage looses a lot of value once messed with! Unless it's trashed and you're restoring/refinishing... I'd leave the old the way they came.
Ditto, nice post James!
I would strongly encourage you NOT to do anything to a vintage body and/or neck to change it in any way. Once an old bass, body, neck, etc, is modified, you can't turn back time. Not only will this have a significant impact on the value of that piece, but if you're looking for a modern sound, you could easily get a new bass and/or neck to go with an active electronics package. There are a lot of builders making oustanding modern jazz basses at very good values, and there are just as many great parts manufacturers producing great "vintage style" parts as well. Once you make that move to mod a body, you can't turn back time. I think it's best to leave the vintage stuff as vintage and use new parts to get your modern/vintage tone.
Like a RE-51 fender P-bass with active pick-ups.
I bought my '71 Jazz a few months ago, and it was modded with Lindy Fralin pickups and a Sadowsky boost-only preamp.
All I can say is AMAZING. I've got black tapewound strings on it and it is the ultimate tone monster. EQ'ed flat, it's pure classic Fender tone; boosted, it gives me just about anything I could ask for.
I'm not sure I'd even consider restoring it to true vintage, as it's pretty much perfect as it is (and is definitely going to be an heirloom passed down through the generations )