#1
Well I have this bass that I got for 20 bucks, its a squire p bass from 2001, made in china, and i when i got it, everything was falling apart, so I took it upon myself, to junk all the electronics, and pick guard and start over from scratch, wiring and everything. How would I go about doing this, I also might revamp it with a spiffy paint job or something I dunno, I just want a good playing, and looking bass...on a budget of course. Is it easy to rewire a bass assuming you have the wiring diagram? thanks for your time.

Also

Would it be worth my time to fix it up or should I just junk it?

So basically I have a bass with no pick guard, pick ups, or anything electronic, *except for this one wire protruding from the body, in the crevice where the electronics go near the bridge* and i was wondering how expensive and laborious it would be to fix it up.
#2
play it acousticly and make sure you can set it up so you can play it comfortably. I'm not sure what a new pickup will cost you, but the pickguard will be around $15, the pots and input jack and stuff like that will be relatively cheap, probly 5-10 dollars. If you know how to solder and as long as you have the right schematics, wiring it up shouldn't be a problem. On my profile, I have some pics of a guitar I fixed up, and if you are anyhting like me, you will enjoy your bass because it is a result of you're hard work to make it how you want it, so I would say go ahead and fix it up.
#3
Pickups in general are kind of expensive for a p bass. I've seen p basses for $119 used.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/navigation?q=bass+pickups&src=3WWRWXGG&ZYXSEM=0

Luckily theres another route

http://www.diyhappy.com/how-to-make-a-guitarbass-pickup/

Look here for wiring stuff

http://mediawebsource.com/bass/basspickupwiring.htm

Bass setup

http://mediawebsource.com/bass/basssetup.htm

Ebay also has some good deals

http://cgi.ebay.com/FENDER-SQUIRE-P-BASS-PICKGUARD_W0QQitemZ260216957332QQcmdZViewItem

Painting

http://www.wikihow.com/Custom-Paint-Your-Electric-Guitar

I hope all this helps, let us know how it goes

Oh, and if you decide to junk it I'll take it and pay for shipping
Might take me a few months though lol.
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#4
Thanks for that, this will be a fun spring break project. And well the strings are off now, but I played it before when they were on and it played alright. I figured I could set it up good after its fixed.
#5
Awesome
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My guitars-
Ibanez RX-40 (Had it since I was six lol )
A spanish classical guitar
#6
definitely do it. i Just replaced the pickups in my modded P Bass yesterday (I used the Quarterpounders by Seymour Duncan... Ballin'! )... total time it took was like... 15 minutes... and I am a slacker.

also, it was my first time replacing pickups.

the wire in your control cavity is a ground wire. you'll probably have to yank that sucker out and make a new one when you re-wire everything, just to be safe.

EDIT:

and besides... the answer to the question is ALWAYS build.

it's more funner!
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Shwiggity.
Last edited by deftonesordie at Mar 13, 2008,