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About umcoo

  • Birthday 20/07/1985

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  1. Beautiful bass, such a classic look. Great playing, too!
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    NBD - 1976 Greco Precision Bass

    Yeah, plays great! Need a bit more work on the setup but the pickup sounds great - nice and beefy but that just may be because I'm used to playing a jazz bass. Neck is quite slim for a precision too so not a baseball bat 😀
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    NBD - 1976 Greco Precision Bass

    Ok, so this is all finished! I didn't get many pics of the last bits of work, but what I did was... made a new wiring harness with CTS pots and the original cap, cleaned up the bridge sorted the pickups out and got rid of the tape and spliced wires ordered a new tort pickguard left all the screws in a bath of apple cider vinegar to clean them up new knobs Quick setup to get it playing better and strung up with Ernie Ball's, it's sounding great. Nice to have a P Bass in the fold again. I've recently ordered a Badass II and I'm going to get a black pickguard too, just to see what it's like. Really enjoying this one and good fun to get it back into playing condition. Cheers for all the help along the way.
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    Dave Hall has passed away

    That's sad news, I'm sorry to hear that. DHA pedals were all the rage when I first started coming on here back in the Bassworld days. Owned a few and sounded great.
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    NBD - 1976 Greco Precision Bass

    Thank you, my friend! All sorted!
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    NBD - 1976 Greco Precision Bass

    This is what I'm working with...
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    NBD - 1976 Greco Precision Bass

    Hi folks, Need some help with wiring up the pickups. They've come with additional wire spliced onto then and it's a pretty poor job. I'm going to de-solder and attach new cloth wiring. My question is: how do I know which lead is hot, which is ground, and which two to connect together? I had a quick search but nothing obvious jumping out. I'm totally new to P-Bass wiring, so forgive me! Thanks all
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    NBD - 1976 Greco Precision Bass

    Just a quick update on this. I've dismantled all the wiring. The pots are shot, but the pickups are reading just fine, so that's good news. I think I'm going to go with Alpha pots as they will fit the existing holes. I'll use the original cap as well. I shot some clear gloss on the pickguard, but it's a bit orange peely, so I might sand it back...maybe just get a new guard for it, but unsure for now. There's a headless pickup screw I need to sort too. This evening, I taped off the frets and just gave them a once over with some steel wool to get the crud off, then a quick rub with Autosol metal polish. They're looking really good. Need to order the parts soon so I can get it back into action.
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    NBD - 1976 Greco Precision Bass

    Stripped it all down today and cleaned up the pickguard and body. I wet sanded the guard with 1200, 1500 then 2500 grit, then buffed it out. It's a little matt, so I'm tempted to give it a quick shot of clear gloss, but that may take away from the aged look. The body came out really nice with just a simple rub with Virtuoso cleaner and polish and the grain really pops. I disconnected all the wiring and pickups too. One of the switches wasn't even connected to anything. Getting a reading on the DC resistance for the pickups which is good news. The wires were spliced and held together with tape though, which might explain my lack of output. I'm just going to wire it up with new pots as a standard P bass, and keep the switches in for the aesthetic. Next job is cleaning up the frets... Here's a few pics... Pre-cleaning
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    NBD - 1976 Greco Precision Bass

    Thanks all for the comments @Bassassin I was hoping you would make an appearance! Thanks for the info, and lovely looking basses. @dood Yours looks great too. Thanks for posting. I am going to see if CTS pots fit and get some ordered this week hopefully so I can get it making some noise. It's a really figured body and possibly Sen when I've googled it, so think it may be that. Nice and lightweight, whatever it is.
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    NBD - 1976 Greco Precision Bass

    In that case, they're working exactly as they should! 😁
  12. I've been on a bit of a P bass kick lately, and wanted to pick something up that would give me that classic sound, but without breaking the bank. I'm a sucker for older basses too, so when this 1976 Greco P bass copy came up for sale in Japan, I snatched it for the princely sum of £113. Had to pay almost the same again to get it over here and through customs, but today I picked it up. Currently not getting any output, but the wiring is shot and I think it's more of a pots issue than a pickup issue. A spray of contact cleaner made no difference. Needs a good stripping down and cleaning, but should do me nicely! Nice and light not sure on the body wood, but looks fantastic. Everything's nicely aged too. No idea what's going on with the 2 additional switches - once I've taken it apart I'll try and work it out. Kill switch maybe? They're obviously not original, but it would be cool to keep them and use them for something- open to suggestions! I'll probably take my time getting this one back to working order, but that's all part of the fun. Cheers all, here's some pics....
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    Anyone had an amp head shell made?

    Looks great, good job Zilla!
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    Feedback for KiOgon

    Needed a wiring loom for a Jazz which has knackered pots. Messaged John in the morning with a query, and it was posted to me a couple of hours later. Installed today, works perfectly and great craftsmanship. Cheers John!
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    Wal Pro 1e body template

    Sorry, forgot link - https://www.facebook.com/groups/2413094311/