Hepnurecords Posted January 25, 2003 Share Posted January 25, 2003 A Cautionaty Tale - The set-up - About ten years ago it became clear I needed a Fender. The Ric 4001 I'd been relentlessly modifying for years just wasn't cutting the calls I was getting anymore. Let me note that this Ric was not, as conventional wisdom might dictate, a "One trick pony". I spent years really learning THIS bass and had any numer of colors I could pull out of it. Beautiful bass but ultimately limited. I hit the streets of Boston with $700 and a very good idea of what I wanted. A J Bass that didn't suck. Easy enough? No. The re-issues were hot at the time. Suck. Mexican Fenders and Squires. Totall suck. Decent Americans and nice used Js started at $1200. I was sucking wind. The solution - A band member worked at one of the better music stores. He had the gang looking for a decent Jazz at a decent price for me. Dind't happen. But a mid 70's J neck with a maple board and a new fret job did come into the repair shop for trade. My "friends" convinced me to build a bass around it. Warmoth body, Bartolini stack Js, Schaller bridge and electronics to my taste. Master tone and volume and a pan-pot. And, with my bud's employee discount, under $700. The Problem - OK. Some time later it comes out. Sounds like heaven, plays like a dog. Again OK. I was in school at the timeand spending many hours with the URB. A little action on the electric was NOT going to scare me. Especially with the tone of this bass. Engineers and band-mates alike went nutty. Cool. I'd just deal. The fix - As the years past I played less URB and kinda wanted the J to play "right". First I'm told the board was "wavy". OK. Rip ot the frets and sand out the bad spots. All was cool. Then I arrived for a show in NYC, many miles from home and with just the one bass, and the whole neck had twisted. Below the 6th fret the d & g strings were unuable. Fine. Years of position studies got me through the gig. Back into the shop it goes. Gotta steam the neck now. OK, what ever it takes. Something went horribly wrong. The tech gave me a new neck free of charge. Cool? no. The punch, growl and especially sustain were gone. Turns out it was an "Allparts". Bad, bad neck. The "now" - Just got a AA maple neck from Warmoth. Clear Satin finish. It's being installed as we "speak". I hope this brings my baby back to life. The lesson - if it sounds really good and REALLY aint broke don't mess with it. D. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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