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Well, I decided to show off a few new pieces to my collection.



Some of you might remember this from my .175 thread a while back: a stock Affinity P-Bass I picked up for a pittance. I didn't know it at the time, but the neck was complete junk. So...



...I decided to go in a new direction with it. The neck is a Mighty Mite fretless with ebanol fretboard. I repainted the bland white pickguard flat black and beveled the edges white. A polyurethane coat keeps scratches off. A coat of white to the pickups really makes them pop.

After all was said and done, I have a custom P-Bass for the price of a stock Affinity, so I think I came out ahead on it. The P-Bass growl is even better fretless. It's lots of fun to play and learn on. I strung it with D'Addario halfwounds, so it retains a little twang. The only thing about the ebanol fretboard (besides it being shiny) is the fact that it scuffs a little easy.

I was itching for another bass to work on after the P-Bass, so I found this.



A '97 Fender Jazz. It's a little rougher than the pictures indicate; it's definitely seen some playing time. There's dents here and there, and it could use a new nut. Someone fudged the tone wiring, so a replacement pot and cap are in order. It has the one-piece pickguard (poorly painted black, I might add) rather than the pickguard/plate combo I usually see on Jazzes.



I had my dad sandblast the black off of the pickguard to reveal that it was indeed a stock white 3-ply pickguard. We coated it once in black enamel in an effort to restore it back to a black pickguard, but a flaw with the paint setting led to another round in the sandblaster. The end result was this happy accident: some of the enamel stuck to the white pickguard, giving it this custom, smoked look. We decided to keep it to give the Jazz a little character and a custom touch.

It's exactly what you think it sounds like; a Jazz bass. It's got a nice feel, and even with a busted tone knob, it's capable of some nice tones. I just need to invest a little more work into it to make it truly capable again.

Any comments or suggestions on recommended work would be appreciated, and thanks for checking the thread out!
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cool stuff, love little projects.

On your squier P, did your pickups have glue on them? I really want to paint my covers cream (to stand out from a similar black painted guard) but the covers are glued to the damn pickups. I haven't had much time to look or see how they come off though. I completely stripped it of paint, and will be staining and wood burning it, also adding a bridge P pickup, and VVTT setup at the least, in addition to brass nut, recut pickguard, flats.
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Awesome odd basses. I love seeing those weird Fender pop up. Kudos on the "odd" finds that turned into beautiful basses.
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cool stuff, love little projects.

On your squier P, did your pickups have glue on them? I really want to paint my covers cream (to stand out from a similar black painted guard) but the covers are glued to the damn pickups. I haven't had much time to look or see how they come off though. I completely stripped it of paint, and will be staining and wood burning it, also adding a bridge P pickup, and VVTT setup at the least, in addition to brass nut, recut pickguard, flats.


Thanks!

Yeah, the covers were glued on. It took a little newspaper and some taping around the poles and wiring to get them painted properly.

Your project sounds pretty cool. If I read that correctly, you're going to have two sets of P pickups?

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Thanks!

Yeah, the covers were glued on. It took a little newspaper and some taping around the poles and wiring to get them painted properly.

Your project sounds pretty cool. If I read that correctly, you're going to have two sets of P pickups?



Ah I figured this would be the only option without dangerous surgery...

And yes, the Affinity's come with mini pots, and I bought a guys complete affinity wiring harness and pickup, so now I can fit both and control both. The bridge is setup in reverse*. I am debating making it fretless, but I think I will stick with fretted. It's good practice, but the things so Ugly I might find another <$50 P bass to do it with... Also considering a stereo setup, also if I had the time I am curious about series/parallel between bridge and and neck, S/P for the pickup sides, phase switches, and also I was wondering about say for laughs and jollies enabling each individual part of the pickup to be individually on/off for more custom control.

* I am kind of curious about Fenders love of using / this slant for pickups (p is similar). From what I've read it's to enhance bass, and treble for the respective strings. Myself I've always thought \ would produce better overall balance. This is especially true on the P bass bridge pickup as a normal set Pickup would place the treble side essentially on the bridge and make for a seemingly harsh D and G string tone.