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What the hell is this rot (and pups)?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kittyboy, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. kittyboy

    kittyboy Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    Seattle, WA

    Just bought a bass with '75 neck/tuners and unknown everything else for cheap.

    Question 1: The body has a weird rot: what is this, and would you suggest throwing the body in the garbage, or is it usable?

    Question 2: are these pickups fender pups?
  2. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
    1) that's mojo...you're a lucky guy
    2) looks like a 1975 P-bass pickup to me
  3. Linas


    Jan 6, 2005
    THAT, is not mojo....
  4. kittyboy

    kittyboy Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Thanks, Glenn.

    Is that mojo gonna keep eating wood and eat my neck eventually?
  5. bongomania

    bongomania Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Just had to quote it. Somebody should sig it. :p
  6. jomahu


    Dec 15, 2004
    Bos, MA
    done! :)
  7. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I Grow Organic Carrots
    Dude that bass is worth tens of thousands of dollars ...


  8. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    It almost looks like somebody used a drill and a high wattage soldering iron to do a bit of woodworking :meh:
  9. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    To me it looks like someone intentionally did most of the damage. It looks like there's some kind of drilling/routing problem that someone instigated. I don't know about the other stuff, but is it possible that it's been burned, etc? I would start by brushing out the space and cleaning it down. If it is some kind of fungal rot, then you should also be able to kill it by cleaning and treating it.
  10. kittyboy

    kittyboy Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Does it look like enough damage that the neck might not be stable in there anymore?

    It still feels stable...
  11. John Wentzien

    John Wentzien

    Jun 25, 2007
    Elberta, AL
    Artist:TC Electronic RH450 bass system (original test-pilot)
    Looks like somebody got crazy with the drill or router and heated it up. Maybe tried to put a "mud-bucker" in there at one time..
  12. kittyboy

    kittyboy Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    Seattle, WA
    Would you keep using a body like that, or would you consider it ruined?
  13. bass_fish


    Oct 26, 2006
    the Netherlands
    well that really depends on what you wanna do with it...

    if you clean everything out, fill it up(with wood and sand it flush with the rest) and give it a solid color, no it's no ruined...

    if you leave it as is, well it's not ruined, but it isn't very pretty is it ? ;)

    kinda depends: is this the only real damage the body has?
  14. Slax


    Nov 5, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    Did termites get to that body!?! Wow.

    In all seriousness though, if the neck feels solid, and the botch "whatever" job was done to it can be covered with a pickguard, I'd most likely keep it and change it if/when it breaks completely.

    I don't see a reason to spend money on a new body just yet if the current one seems to be working...
  15. By-Tor


    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    Relic or Re-Liced
  16. KiwiGroove


    Jul 15, 2008
    Looks like someone rammed a soldering iron into a router & went to town on that bad-boy.
  17. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    I'd say the previous owner was attempting to add a Telecaster bass-style humbucker rout without a router or any sense of right and wrong. Or, super easy truss rod access.
  18. By-Tor


    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    My diagnosis is that it looks like a bad case of BlueCollaraTweakinitis.
  19. qtowens


    May 30, 2008
    Ferndale, MI
    Maybe you should play it safe and get rid of it...

    I know how to deal with a bass like that... PM me and we'll talk... :D
  20. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Yeah, that's one of the side effects of extreme alcohol consumption. One of the signs of an impending bout of Tweakinitis may be the afflicted shouting "Hey, watch this."

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