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The "P" Bass is finished - take a look!!


SteveC

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Some of you may have read in other threads how I was assembling a "P" Bass over the last week or so. Well, it is finished and I think it not only looks good, but sounds great and plays like butta. You can see it at the link below:

 

http://www.home.earthlink.net/~sjcarriere/p-bass.html

 

Enjoy and let me know what you think of my latest bass building attempt.

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Looks very, very nice. What kinds of parts did you use to make it? Did you buy stock parts, or do the woodworking yourself, or both?

 

I'm going to swap some parts on my jazz bass pretty soon (and that damn Geddy Lee Jazz thread got my GAS flowing), but I'm curious about everyone's custom projects, especially on fender-esqe basses.

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I bought stock part and asembled. The only wood-working I did was with the Dremel when I had to widen the neck slot a bit on the body.

 

I bought the body, pick-up and tuners on eBay. The rest came from the local store - All-Parts neck, knobs, etc.

 

It sounds like a good old "P" bass to me. Maybe not "vintage" but it'll work for what I need.

 

Hags2k - check out th e"jazz" bass I put together on my site. It might give you some ideas.

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Hope you don't mind me asking, but how much was everything? How much time did it take to "assemble?" I'm looking at making my own bass, but I am a bit scared about screwing up. So right now, I'm just shopping around if you will.
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Originally posted by SteveC:

I bought stock part and asembled. The only wood-working I did was with the Dremel when I had to widen the neck slot a bit on the body.

 

I bought the body, pick-up and tuners on eBay. The rest came from the local store - All-Parts neck, knobs, etc.

 

It sounds like a good old "P" bass to me. Maybe not "vintage" but it'll work for what I need.

 

Hags2k - check out th e"jazz" bass I put together on my site. It might give you some ideas.

I like it. I think that I need to get a tortoise guard for my p and maybe my j as well now. I really love the look of that.
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I think it was about $650 -$700. Close to what you'd pay for an American P Bass, but with some better parts and the fun and learning experience of doing it yourself.

 

I must admit, I did have some help in parts, advise and experience from my buds at the local store. I tell you though, the basses I have put together are now my main basses. That is the case for a friend of mine as well. He's done a ton of these projects.

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Pretty cool. Hows it sound?
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Looks great Steve.

 

I'll have to get some pics of the Frankenstein I built and post 'em one day... if I can get the bass back from my younger brother...

 

It's a late 70's ash P body "beaten-and-aged-to-perfection-white" finish, routed P/J with Dimarzio matched pickups wired V/V/T -- Jazz (Squier) neck, rosewood board -- repro Fender tort P pickguard & some "ebay specials" in the hardware department.

 

Turned out well... all total around $250.

You learn alot about your bass when you have to bring it to life yourself. I recommend everyone putting together a beater bass if you're able.

 

-Mike

...simply stating.
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Well, I gigged the new P last night at the musical I'm playing. It sounded really nice. Nice andd "thumpy" like a P bass should be.

 

I got lucky with the AllParts neck. That thing is smooth as silk and plays as well as any neck (Modulus, Smith, etc.) that I've had.

 

Very excited about this bass.

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Steve C, congrats. I will agree with that said so far regarding building a bass for yourself. It will teach you a lot, and be fun as well, or at least interesting.

Steve, I have a question, though. On your page, I was looking at the J bass section, and it seems to me that at least one of the top 2 pics of the j bass is reversed. Is this right? Just being visually curious.

Nice work all around.

 

Peace,

 

wraub

 

I'm a lot more like I am now than I was when I got here.

 

 

 

 

 

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