Worth it to put money into an SX?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Linas, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. Linas


    Jan 6, 2005
    So i baught a SX 62 fretless jazz bass. I am planning on epoxying the neck, and changing almost every part outa the bass. I was wondering if its even worth it to put 100s of dollars into an SX. Here is what im planning on ordering from allparts.
    BB_0356-010 Gotoh Chrome Bridge $50
    EP_0085-000 x2 250K Audio Pot $5.50x2
    EP_4985-000 250K Linear Pot for Tone $5.50
    EP_0055-000 1/4 Input Jack $2.50
    GW_0832-000 Cloth Covered Wire $5.00
    TK_7757-010 x4 UltraLite Bass Key $30.00x4
    099_1370-000 J. Bass® Knob Set $10.00
    PICKUPS $185.00
    099_4913-000 String Guide $5.00

    from that 400 i get a 40% discount bringin the total to $240.
    The bass itself cost 160. Now, for my question, is it worth it to put all this **** into an SX or am i just crazy.
  2. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    If it sounds good, do it. I would not worry about the bridge that much. Also, getting some cheaper tuners would help as well.
  3. mrpackerguy

    mrpackerguy Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Madison, Wisconsin
    I couldn't coax much sustain out of my SX 5 string jazz fretless. Not sure how much a new bridge will make it better
  4. adouglas


    Jun 23, 2003
    Bridgeport, CT
    Before I spent any money on hardware I'd take it to a good tech and get a fret job. That will give you an instrument that plays much better than stock, and will make a much bigger difference than wire or bridges or....

    Next after that would be the things that directly affect tone: pickups and electronics.
  5. teej


    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    I say leave the bridge, jack, wire, tuners, and string guide. Change the pots to CTS ones, and drop in a set or Fralins.
  6. 7flat5


    Nov 28, 2003
    Upstate NY
    My opinion is really not worth much, as I have not been through this, but why spend all that on new tuners? They will really have no impact on the sound, or at least minimal. If the tuners work, keep them, and that'll cut your costs by almost a third.
  7. Linas


    Jan 6, 2005
    Its a fretless. Oh and im also going to get a bone nut fabricated.
  8. Do you even have this bass yet? If you did, you'd know if it was worth putting the money into.
  9. What kind of body wood is in this bass?
  10. Linas


    Jan 6, 2005
    The body is Alder.
  11. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    Just remember this 95% of the things on that list can be removed and put on another bass. This means, you can upgrade to an American Jazz and still have all those killer parts to put on it. It's not like you paid $500 for a paint job.
  12. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    Silk purse does not = Sow's ear IMO but knock yourself out and I hope it works for you.
  13. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    While you're upgrading, get a new body and neck and it''ll be killer :D
  14. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I'm with Dude. $600 will buy a hell of a better bass right out of the box than you'll end up with after buying the SX and doing the mods.


    If your goal is to take apart a bass and see how it works; tinker; really get to know an electric bass inside and out, rewire, change out hardware, do everything under the sun, then this is a good plan.
  15. Don't forget the Switchcraft jack and Monster cable for the internal wiring.

    If I buy an old Yugo and put on wide, low profile tires, expensive rims, a $1k sound system, have the windows tinted, get a new paint job and a high perf exhaust system, will it be a Mercedes?
  16. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Yeah, but if your goal is to dissasemble the car and put it back together, you're better off ruining - er - I mean - "upgrading" the Yugo than the Mercedes. :hyper:
  17. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    You are going to put in all that money and time......but in the end you will still have a SX bass. For a beginner, the SX is a great bass, but it is still a $140 bass. Keep it as it is and just use it to polish your skills. Also, if you plan to get rid of it sometime down the line, you'll never really get a return on all that stuff you plan to do. It is still a SX.

    If you plan to get into some serious playing, save up some money plus the money you were planning to use and get a better bass. You are allready more then half way there to a new Fender Standard Fretless, which are really good basses.
  18. That's what I was driving at. These threads once a week drive me insane.
  19. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Am I the only one that left mine stock? I can't explain it, but my SX has some sort of mojo happening. It's been on 3 major label recordings (El Pus & India.Arie) and she still sounds great. I was going to mod it, but after the first studio session, I figured, "Why bother?". However; do what works for you.
  20. AlembicPlayer

    AlembicPlayer Im not wearing shorts

    Aug 15, 2004
    Pacific Northwet, USA
    I always heard that one as -
    can't make a princess out of a ho ;)

    but the other way around could be a lot of fun :hyper: