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  1. It sounds like there is either a poor wire connection somewhere, or the preamp may be shorting out on the shielding. Cover the underside (where all the solder is) of the preamp board in some sort of tape (masking, duct, electrical, doesnt really matter as long as it sticks) and try it.
  2. A varitone switch is the only major mod you could do with a precision bass. However, you could fit a switch, which when activated, shuts the pickup signal directly to the jack, bypassing the volume and tone pots. It gives the bass a more treble sound.
  3. After being in a similar position when I was younger, I found that an active preamp is the first place to start, as most mm style pickups give a relatively sufficient stingray sound. Preamp wise, the retrovibe one is probably the best and most cost effective one to go for, as it uses the stingray preamp schematic, but uses cheaper parts, hence the lower cost, though looking at them now, theyve jumped up in cost, as I used to see them for £40ish. The cheap 2 band Chinese ones tend to boost the volume too much and can distort the amplifier too easily. But can give you a rough approximation towards the sound. Pickup wise, if you want close to the stingray sound, go for any open pole (ie the magnets are on show, like the stingray) mm shaped pickup. Try and find one with a resistance of roughly 8ohms, as the lower resistance get closer to the sound you're after. Ceramic pickups (that have magnets on the bottom of the poles, found mostly on cheap chinese pickups) work okay, but the alnico ones (no magnet on the bottom) get you a bit closer. As an ex poor teenager RHCP fan, I hope this helps get you where you need to be.
  4. I'm going to cast my vote for a nut issue, which in 97% sure it will be. If the slot is too wide, the string can rattle in there, causing your issue. I doubt it would be the pickup height unless they're practically touching the strings.
  5. In my experience, its never a guitar or bass player who buys model guitars. It's always family and friends who know their favourite band, and it's either for Christmas or birthdays.
  6. Thanks Dad. I wasnt sure if it had to be bass specific or allowed anything. I may do. Theres a few weeks left of the month.
  7. I have a sabre preamp that I recently made for a friend who no longer wants it. Annoyingly, because of the specific pot values required, it has both split and solid shaft pots. If anyone wants it for £25 posted, let me know.
  8. Can someone clue me in as to the details of this composition challenge?
  9. That was all kinds of fun. Sounded brilliant. Cant wait for another one.
  10. Just on this point, by vintage style wire, i assume you mean the waxy cloth covered wire? If so, its designed to be pushed back to expose the wire to be soldered, and is sometimes referred to as "push back wire". While i know you've finished the bass, which looks excellent and very smartly done, at least you know for the future. As a side note, i use the vintage cloth wire as much as i can, as i'm a sucker for neat and tidy vintage wiring.
  11. Where are you based, what's the original fretboard style (maple or rosewood), and would you consider a straight trade for a 90's mij jazz bass 1975 reissue, block and bound maple neck?
  12. For sale, from my sabre preamp making days, enough components to make 5-6 sabre preamps and 3-4 stingray preamps. I cant remember the exact quantity. I'll send you the wiring diagram needed for it, and you'll need some veroboard and wire to make them.
  13. So, it's been a few years, and I'm too busy these days to make these anymore. But before I stopped making them, I bought all the parts needed for a second batch of around 5 sabre preamps and 3 or so stingray preamps. I think I spent around £120 on the parts for this. These include: all the required pots, jacks, 9v battery clips, all caps, chips, and resistors. Basically, as I dont have time to make these, in just going to sell the stock I have of parts to make them, (including two finished sabre boards). I could bundle them into kits, but I dont have the time to sort through them all to do it. If you're interested in buying the lot off me, send me a PM. I'd like £70 for them, which includes posting. To appease the moderators, I'll stick an ad in the for sale section for them.
  14. Here are a few pics of a Fenderbird that Taka, the bass player from Feeder made. Pics from his instagram account, @rebirthcustomguitars. I love its look as im a big fan of the Gibson Thunderbird II basses, and the original Fender precision basses.
  15. well then, you're nearly there
  16. yes, another one later in the year would be ace.
  17. I sort of agree. My mate had a squier p bass with those knobs, and it does make them look cheap, which is actually quite annoying.
  18. They do make some USA models which use non Allen key pole pieces in the pickups. Not sure what prompted them to make this version though.
  19. Or do you mean the back of the neck? As I've bought a couple of older basses that have had the gloss finish taken off the back of the neck for ease of movement around the neck.
  20. If you go for a retrovibe stingray preamp and an alnico pickup over a ceramic, you'll get 95% of the way to a stingray tone. It's why Fleas newest fender signature bass is a MM pickup with a 2 band eq. That combination gives that tone.
  21. This was a brilliant day. I'd love to do one again this year. Maybe email updates for it as I nearly missed that one. My gear has also changed in the meantime, because of course it has in the past year.
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