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About umcoo

  • Birthday 20/07/1985

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  1. umcoo

    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! 😁
  5. 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/
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    Wal Pro 1e body template

    The guy is having them made by rareguitarheaven.net This is the Facebook group if you want to look - it's from a few months back so you might have to scroll a bit - good luck with the project!
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    Wal Pro 1e body template

    There is a Wal Facebook group and a chap posted in it recently about a company in Japan who make clones of instruments. They're making him a Wal clone (well, the wooden bits at least) for quite a reasonable amount. They may be able to do you the body and neck of Pro 1E? I'll try and find the details.
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    Fender Studio Bass Restoration

    Looks great, good job! There's something really satisfying about restoring and old and abused piece of gear back to how it should be.
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    Anyone had an amp head shell made?

    Looks great! Fantastic job by Zilla as usual.
  13. umcoo

    NBD - Capri Orange Fender Japan Jazz

    Been there, done that The Matamp slays the Orange
  14. Hi all, I've always had a soft spot for Capri Orange and couldn't resist when this came up on Reverb a few weeks back. It's a 1993 MIJ '62 reissue, one of the "non-export" versions. A few battlescars, and the neck pickup doesn't work so I need to take it apart and see what's going on, but other than that it's a great bass and plays very nicely. Came with a non-original pickguard but I much prefer JB's without them anyway. Can't say I've seen many of these about - I think Capri Orange was only in production in 1993 and 1997, but it would be interesting to hear more. Enjoy the pics!