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Working Man's Pino Palladino Precision Project

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by verstft, Nov 3, 2017.


  1. verstft

    verstft

    May 16, 2016
    That's it, I'm done this time.
    Made out of parts I've gathered over the last year, just waiting for the right price and weight.

    • 1997 MIM neck 7.25" radius
    • Roadworn fiesta red body
    • vintage saddle bridge.
    • Fender nitro tort pickguard.
    • Jason Lollar overwound P pickup
    • CTS 450G pots(250k), vintage cloth wiring, Switchcraft output jack, NOS Russian K42 PIO cap .1uF
    • My old Labella flats
    Pictures below:

    _MG_0032. _MG_0019. _MG_0021. _MG_0026. IMG_4213.
     
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  2. TDR1138

    TDR1138

    Apr 11, 2007
    Section 204
    Beautiful bass.

    How’d you swing a MIM neck with a vintage radius?
     
  3. verstft

    verstft

    May 16, 2016
    I have no idea! Serial is MN6xxx 1996-1997. I have those StewMac gauges to adjust the saddle heights and just remeasured. Definitely 7.25" not 9.5" that said, the nut width is narrow, not 1.75" like on my classic 50's.
     
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  4. TDR1138

    TDR1138

    Apr 11, 2007
    Section 204
    Nice. I love a vintage radius. Might have to keep my eyes peeled for a future build.
     
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  5. nonohmic

    nonohmic Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    Sweet!
     
  6. Backdrop

    Backdrop

    Feb 2, 2011
    Los Angeles
    That looks really nice.

    Is the pickguard a Pure Vintage '63?
     
  7. verstft

    verstft

    May 16, 2016
    Yep it's the Pure 63. :)
     
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  8. Yahboy

    Yahboy

    May 21, 2008
    Why not the TiJF344 ?
     
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  9. verstft

    verstft

    May 16, 2016
    I'm tempted. Never played TI's but I keep hearing good things.
     
  10. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Supporting Member

    May 26, 2010
    If it's a MIM Standard neck it's a 9.5" radius. The MIM's that are 7.25" are the Classic 50's, Road Worn, and probably some artist models. I'd also say that it's a MIM Standard neck because the truss rod adjusts at the headstock.
     
  11. verstft

    verstft

    May 16, 2016
    Same radius as my Classic 50's but nut width is narrower. I was surprised as well...
     
  12. BusyFingers

    BusyFingers

    Nov 26, 2016
    I wasn't sure what to expect, but it looks pretty darn good.
     
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  13. J Wilson

    J Wilson

    Feb 18, 2017
    none
    Check these specs on the 'real thing' . . . . .

    Pino Palladino Signature Precision Bass® | Precision Bass Bass Guitars | Fender® Basses

    . . . . . and you did a remarkably close clone, good for you !

    And you can buy a 'real one' for

    $4760 ( from Mus Friend)
    less - (the cost of your build here)
    ______________________________
    And you saved a ton of money !

    This is why I always think if you KNOW what you're doing and carefully pick your parts and can assemble it properly, why on earth would I give Fender and Musician's Friend five grand in this case, when the only thing I'm missing is the 'Certificate of Authenticity' ???

    Here it comes . . . . . But the resale on the Custom Shop piece is way better!

    If I lose a hundred or two on a parts bass, it won't keep me up nights. I'd be FAR more worried about losing my shirt trying to resell a 5-grand P Bass !
     
  14. Nicely done
     
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  15. MVE

    MVE

    Aug 8, 2010
    Yeah, not to mention the constant worry that every time you touched it you were somehow detracting from that mythical resale value, not even to mention the concerns and anxiety caused by taking it out of your house to actually play.
     
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  16. howlin

    howlin

    Nov 15, 2008
    I'm Not There
    Before you dump a ton o' cash on TI's check out the LaBella Low Tension Flats. I've had both on my P. The LTF's stayed the TI's didn't . . . YMMV but your wallet will definitely appreciate it. :smug:
     
  17. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump

    Jul 17, 2004
    Seeing the way the OP sourced his parts for this build , I'm sure he would get his TI flats the same way.....used and at a great discount.

    If it's a Pino project , he should not deny that those TI flats are at least worth a shot .
     
  18. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Great job!!
     
  19. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Kentucky
    Great results, congrats!
     
  20. Scott Lynch

    Scott Lynch Supporting Member

    Well done!