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ilan

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70's parts bass
« on: June 21, 2015, 06:08:59 AM »
So I have assembled this P bass and it turned out exceptionally well.

Light weight, good balance, neck plays like butter, I have the bridge cover with the mute underneath and I like it a lot.

Plays and sounds like a dream. Really. Can't put it down.

Basically ALL Fenders are parts guitars, right? It's not like they built a specific Strat neck to fit a specific Strat body.

Also it's my first Fender that did not need a neck shim.

Parts list:

'70-'71 alder body, stripped and refinished in natural. Pro job
'75 rosewood-board neck that I bought from a friend. Very dark rosewood
'78 (I think... not sure now but mid- to late-70s for sure) grey bottom pickup
F neck plate with '75 serial number that I had in my parts drawer
Old Fender strap buttons
New Fender tort guard, 70s style bridge, Tele barrel knobs
New CTS pots and Switchcraft jack
Wilkinson tuners
Ernie Ball Flats, 040
Vintage 70s chrome bridge cover w/rubber mute

Does anyone make new thumb rests in semi-transparent dark maroon, like vintage rests? All I find are either $5-6 new black ones or  $100-150 vintage maroon bars, and I'm not paying that.

« Last Edit: June 21, 2015, 06:34:42 AM by ilan »
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Re: 70's parts bass
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2015, 08:12:25 AM »
nice job, you certainly  nailed the process. btw certain kramer p bass clones have parts that will fit a fender squier.
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Re: 70's parts bass
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2015, 08:55:30 AM »
Well done. I can imagine your joy and sense of accomplishment on this 'labor of love'. These days the attributes of light weight and 'buttery' necks, balance do not play second place to sound but with age and back issues defintly keep it on your shoulders or in your lap.

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Re: 70's parts bass
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2015, 09:15:30 AM »
Looks great, and I've always liked the accent of the bridge cover!
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Re: 70's parts bass
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2015, 09:41:14 AM »
Nice!  Just a like mutt, or mongrel, dog can be the very best dog in the world a parts bass can be the best bass as well.

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Re: 70's parts bass
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2015, 09:55:51 AM »
Age... brand... provenance... makes no difference without playability...

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Re: 70's parts bass
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2015, 02:50:04 PM »
Exactly what a 4 string bass should look like. Perfect.

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Re: 70's parts bass
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2015, 09:31:50 PM »
Nice looker!

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Re: 70's parts bass
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2015, 08:35:57 AM »
Looks perfect! Nice one, enjoy.

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Re: 70's parts bass
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2015, 02:32:24 AM »
She sounded so awesome at rehearsal, that yesterday I decided she deserved a special treat. So I pulled an early 60's tort guard (real one, not reissue, no broken tips or cracks, minimal shrinkage) out of the parts bin, where it was waiting for 15 years for the right moment...

« Last Edit: November 01, 2015, 02:08:54 PM by ilan »
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Re: 70's parts bass
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2015, 12:45:46 PM »
Looks just like a P-bass ought to!
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Re: 70's parts bass
« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2015, 01:38:00 PM »
Yeah, that's a real beauty! Love it!

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Re: 70's parts bass
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2015, 01:56:10 PM »
Ver' nice... ;)
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Re: 70's parts bass
« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2015, 03:39:26 PM »
NOW it's real!

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Re: 70's parts bass
« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2015, 04:20:46 PM »
Nice!
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