#1
hi. i was thinking of making my own bass. im not sure if it'd be to hard because ive never worked with wires or wiring. im trying to get a mix between a jazz bass and music man. heres what ive come up with so far

body - price unknown (music man sting ray)
neck - $90-250 (fender jazz bass neck)
bridge - $50-70 (badass bass bridge II)
pickup - $85 (music man standard noisless pickup)
pickguard - $20-30 (sting ray pickguard)
wiring and etc. - unknown price and things needed

please help or tell me if i'd be able to handle this (im only 13!!!)
#3
im not sure where you'll get the body from and you might have to check the dimensions for the neck for the body

also remember that the neck only has 20-frets it might be a bit less for people
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#4
Having never done any instrument building myself i can only say what i have noticed with friends who did.

Its harder than you think. Getting things like pickups and bridges to fit teh body can be a dog. But having said that you will learn a lot of valuable lessons about the instrument's physiology if you do.
#6
Yeah, that neck won't fit. The MM has a 21fret neck that fits into a larger (I believe) neck pocket than the Fender neck.

Also, you'll be screwed over by intonation by putting a 20 fret neck into a 21 fret body.
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#7
you might be able to buy a 21-fret fender jazz neck from www.warmoth.com

that might solve your problem
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#8
k thanks all. seems like i wont be tackiling this projesct having no experience id prolly ylose my sanity trying...
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#9
i'd recommend buying your jazz bass neck then making the body from scratch using plans for a stingray and adjusting them accordingly
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#11



I don't think the neck is going to fit with out doing some work. The Stingray has deeper pocket and it set up for a neck that is slightly longer and its attached using 6 bolts.

The Fender has a shallower neck and the neck is attached with 4 bolts.

I doubt the holes will match up and I don't think that drilling new holes is a good option.

I would do one of these things:
1a. Buy a Jazz/P-bass body that hasn't been routed. Route it your self, making it musicman-ish.
1b. Make your own body from scratch.

2. If you didn't want to mess with the body, I would try and buy and Sterling neck, it will fit the stingray body and neck profile similar to a Jazzes.

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#12
i don't think it will fit, i tried something like this a couple of weeks ago, 20 fret neck going on a 24, and it failed - but i gained some knowledge along the way. just sayin dont waste ur time
#13
WOW soo thats what the new Musicman looks like on the Back my Musicman has Metil cover
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#14
Hey dude, when I was 14 I was in your position, and solved the wiring troubles fairly easily by buying a cheap Jazz copy, some Duncans and a neck and body set from Warmoth. I took the electronics out of the copy, transplanted the (mostly) intact electronics to the new bass and replaced the pickups a few days after I got the beast growling.

Edit: fairly sure Warmoth don't do MM bodies though. And props for being open about being 13, saved me writing out grammar tips.
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