#1
Well, I have a p bass and I don't like it... I don't like the tone, don't like the short scale neck... I just don't like it. To fix that problem, I was wondering if buying a new neck, pickups, a pickguard, paint, and whatever else I'd need that isn't the body would be reasonable.

I'm wanting a long scale black p bass with a red tourtus pick guard, that doesn't sound like crap...

So I'm wondering how much it would cost for the parts, I have all the tools needed, I just need to know what parts to buy and tips on the paint.

Any help would be great.
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#2
Check all-parts, warmoth, guitar fetish...theres a long list of sites for parts and things. Theres a few users on here that are distributors and can get you 10-20% (?) off from certain distributors. The only thing id check is the heel thickness, as i've never owned a short scale i dont know if the heels will match up. Some might say you're better off buying a new guitar depending on how much it cost vs. how much youre putting into it.
#3
Well I compaired the thinkness of the heal with the one on my warlock and they are the same so I don't think that would be a problem.

My budget is probly going to be between $200-$300 if I do this as a summer project next year. I'm guessing that will be enough:

Correct me if I'm wrong on this,
$100 for a neck
$50-$70 for pick-ups
$30 for pickguard
$180-$200 total

I'll be able to keep the tone knobs, the tunning knobs, the cable imput, and the back plate thing from what's on there already so I won't have to get new ones.

I've checked the sights and warmoth seems way to expencive for my needs... the other sights are hard to navagate from my phone (which is all I have right now) but I saw the pickups were from $50-$70.

I still need to know about paint costs and the type of paint I'll need, and I was wondering if there's anything I can use to fill in little dents in the body that will blend with the rest of it.

Again, any and all help is welcome .
Random off brand P Bass (Fretless)
SR 485 Sound gear 5 string bass
60's Crown violin bass
Rogue RA-100D Acoustic Guitar
-
Peavey TNT 115 Bass Amp
Bass Big Muff pi
Dunlop Crybaby Bass Wah
Last edited by EBass at Oct 6, 2009,
#4
The neck is going to be more expensive then $100, unless you find an amazingly cheap one. What pickups have you been looking at?
#5
I don't think you're going to be able to put a longer neck in unless you remove the bridge, fill the holes and reposition the bridge. Pant and the other refinishing supplies are pretty cheap though.
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#6
wait, is this the fretless bass? also, exactly how short scale is it?
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#7
How much would the neck be then?

I haven't been looking any pickups indavidualy, I don't know which ones are better than others and will need some help picking them out.

The bass is fretless but I made it fretless, it plays fine but I don't like the short neck. and I donk know about how shot the scale is, I know there's long scale which is 34'' and what I got which isn't quite there :/
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SR 485 Sound gear 5 string bass
60's Crown violin bass
Rogue RA-100D Acoustic Guitar
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Peavey TNT 115 Bass Amp
Bass Big Muff pi
Dunlop Crybaby Bass Wah
Last edited by EBass at Oct 7, 2009,
#8
well when it comes to pickups, you cant really go wrong with Seymour Duncan quarter pounders.
#9
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well when it comes to pickups, you cant really go wrong with Seymour Duncan quarter pounders.


Well what kind of tone do those give? I'm looking for a more warmer bassy sound, my warlock has nice trebly noises for metal so I want this one to have a nice warm sound for jazz and such.
Random off brand P Bass (Fretless)
SR 485 Sound gear 5 string bass
60's Crown violin bass
Rogue RA-100D Acoustic Guitar
-
Peavey TNT 115 Bass Amp
Bass Big Muff pi
Dunlop Crybaby Bass Wah
#10
I'm not sure but I think the quarter pounder could do jazz very nicely, its got a very big, warm sound. I say go to a guitar shop and find a bass that has one in it already and try it out first.
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Boss RC-20
DT EX-7
EHX Q-Tron +
EHX Big Muff Pi w/ Tone Wicker
Line 6 Echo Park

My PRS with SD P-Rails Build
#12
i put alittle work into my bronco bass and i freaking love the thing, sounds incredible. put emgs in it and cut a pick guard for it, its nice now. definitely worth it.


its red not pink...
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#13
Well, I measured the neck but I'm not quite sure how I'm saposto do it. I measured the p bass at 22in from the nut to the end of the fretboard. My warlock is 26in from nut to the end.

I'll get a pic up next time I'm at a computer.
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Rogue RA-100D Acoustic Guitar
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Peavey TNT 115 Bass Amp
Bass Big Muff pi
Dunlop Crybaby Bass Wah
#14
The scale length is the length from nut to bridge, not from the nut to the end of the fret board.
Just measure from the nut to the 12th fret and double it.
#15
I make a point to advise an 18 volt mod on a set of EMGs for all p-basses. The headroom is redic and the tone is buttery smooth
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#16
From nut to the 12 fret is 16'' so it would be 32''?
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SR 485 Sound gear 5 string bass
60's Crown violin bass
Rogue RA-100D Acoustic Guitar
-
Peavey TNT 115 Bass Amp
Bass Big Muff pi
Dunlop Crybaby Bass Wah
#18
From nut to the 12 fret is 16'' so it would be 32''?
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SR 485 Sound gear 5 string bass
60's Crown violin bass
Rogue RA-100D Acoustic Guitar
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Peavey TNT 115 Bass Amp
Bass Big Muff pi
Dunlop Crybaby Bass Wah
#20
lol, yep, 36" is your scale length.
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#22
oh wow....my bad. 32. I didnt think my math was that horrible. Hell, i didnt even have to do math, it was already up there.

I apologize UG, ima go cry in a corner...
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#24
I think I have that same neck... except the scale on mine is 34"

I've had good experience with Mighty Mite necks. But more opinions anyone?
#25
yeha your confusing terms "scale" does not refer to # of frets it refers to distence between bridge saddle and nut. the extra frets come in twords the bridge.

as for pickups my EMG in my P sounds very good i recomend it very easy mod and noticable improvement. one other pickup i would recomend is Dimarzio split P
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#26
for warm, Dimarzio.

Nordstrand is also good.
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#27
Wow sorry for the scale question a bunch of times, still don't have internet and my phone wasn't showing that it was sent, lol.

I'm not confusing the frets with the scale, it has 20 frets, and its 32'' from nut to bridge. my other basses have longer necks, not just more frets, I want a longer neck, the number of frets doesn't bother me.

Oh and I ment to ask if the necl was 34'' in that link not say it's 32"

Sorry for all my mistakes
Last edited by EBass at Oct 14, 2009,