#1
I did this conversion for a good friend a while back. Thought you may like to see the process. The guitar is a standard Mexican P bass made by Fender. A real solid instrument and a good player. We decided to add some versatility by installing a Carvin bass humbucker in the bridge position.

Here's a "before" picture:

Last edited by deluthe at Mar 1, 2009,
#2
weird finish.
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#4
Well that's a whole different story... that was done with a hammer! Hitting it repeatedly caused the poly finish to crack and resulted in a fish scale type pattern. I have to say the look is very...unique.

Disassembly: The strings were removed and the humbucker was centered and traced onto the face of the guitar to give us a routing pattern.

#5
The bridge and electronics were removed to give me room to work with the router.

#6
I covered the front surface of the guitar with duct tape to protect the finish and started the routing process.

#8
Don't you think its ironic that you covered the body in duct tape to "protect the finish" after you already beat the **** out of it with a hammer?
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#9
^yes.

that rout came out really clean, tell me that wasnt freehand? if it was, thats pretty damn amazing.
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#10
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Don't you think its ironic that you covered the body in duct tape to "protect the finish" after you already beat the **** out of it with a hammer?

Hahaha, that's good.

That routing job is great.
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#11
The channel was then drilled from the new pickup rout to the control rout for wiring purposes.
Last edited by deluthe at Mar 2, 2009,
#12
^no, really? why would you do that?

anyway...whats the new wiring scheme gonna be...will there be a switch, etc?
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#13
Ha! I have to point out that I was not in control of the hammer at the time of the beating. But I can take credit for the routing and yes it was freehand. I'm kind of a detail freak.

It gets the owner's stamp of approval.

#14
wow. i dont think ive ever seen anyone who can freehand route that well. awesome.
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#15
This is an awesome idea. I just wish you didn't kick your basses ass with a hammer
#16
It wasn't me, man. I swear. And while I would never do that to one of my own guitars... It looks extremely good in person and gives the bass a ton of character.
#17
OK. The next shot shows the Carvin pickup in it's new home and the bridge reinstalled. The original wiring harness is going back in with some modifications...

#18
The new controls are - master volume/master tone and 3-way selector switch. Still very simple but with three distinct voicings. As you can see the switch fit nicely between the tone pot and jack.



#20
The finished bass is, in my opinion, much more versatile with a more body heavy feel that counter-balances the long bass neck. When I decide to buy a bass guitar to add to the sonic toolbox I have no doubt it will be a P Bass with this mod.

Last edited by deluthe at Mar 1, 2009,
#22
Looks like a nice clean job. Got any recordings of it?
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#24
that is pretty cool man, good job
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#25
Thanks to everyone for the kind words. The only problem is now I want a bass guitar! I swapped the stock front pickup for a duncan a while back and that was a good improvement but the addition of the humbucker has changed the guitar completely.
#28
Thanks Mitchell. The nice thing is I get to see it all the time and play it any time I want. I really don't spend much time on the bass(I'm more of a six-string guy)but it's nice to have this one around when I need it. Funny how just that small mod has made such a big change in the instrument.