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Jean-Luc Pickguard

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  1. Mine would be the same as Mr Meldal-Johnson’s signature mustang in Daphne blue, but made to replicate how a 1966 bass would have come off the production line - ie the colour would be brighter and there would be no roadworn malarkey. If that’s not allowed due to it being based on someone else’s signature bass, I’d get a Fender version of my Squier short scale jaguar bass in candy apple red with rolled fingerboard edges, Fender hi mass bridge, Fender yosemite PJ pickups with CTS/ switchcraft bits inc a greasebucket circuit and more substantial tuners.
  2. JHS make the packrat which is a load of different flavours of rar in one box. Josh Scott also make this video:
  3. Surely if it was originally a solid colour it would have been alder?
  4. I have ‘em on a few basses. My JMJ mustang even came with one in the right place. I also fitted them to some basses on the treble side, but that’s more an affectation to be vintage correct rather than for practical use as I never use those as a tug bar. Can anyone briefly outline the finer points of the floating thumb technique? Or is it just a fancy name for playing without a thumb rest?
  5. I doubt the 40% sale nonsense will fool anyone
  6. Looks like they were going for a sadowsky vibe—except for the bridge/tailpiece combo which seems a weird choice for a jazz bass.
  7. Damn! mucked it up. I tried to get the angles right on the tuners but they seem to have come out in alignment. I couldnt find the angle grinder or my biro so I couldn't do the scrotal tuner reshape and had to put on a voodoo-decals logo.
  8. Depends on the bass. My favourite tuners are the ones I have fitted to my thunderbird vintage pros - Gotoh res-o-lite GB640 (non-reverse) in a nickel finish, but they probably wouldn't look right on a short scale bass
  9. The tuners are reversable! Not sure this is in keeping with the spirit of the project though as it takes a job away from the angle grinder. Maybe if I use the angle grinder to carve the tuner ears into a scrotal shape it'll get back on track. This will of course have to be done freehand so they all end up different sizes.
  10. Perfect! I'll just need to get the angle grinder out. Then it'll be time to flip it over to handwrite a logo & today's date with a biro.
  11. Now that the headstock has been reshaped its time to put my PB50 back together. I found a spare set of squier (ping?) tuners in one of my miscellaneous bits boxes. These seem to be a slight upgrade from the stock HB ones. The holes don't match so I've filled the original ones and now need to make some new ones. Then I had an idea that will help me to be able to tune up when I'm wearing mittens. What do we all think? Should I do it?
  12. Pah! He didn't test whether tone is in the fingers by cutting off his fingers and replacing them with 1. carrots; 2 hot dogs; 3.donor fingers from a cadaver
  13. if you want to spend as little as possible your best bet might be the behringer bass limiter pedal. This is a type of compressor that works well in a live setting to keep your dynamics under control. If you can stretch to something costing a little more, the tc spectracomp is a great choice.
  14. The intonation on my fretless is fully adjustable, but for some reason it always sounds out of tune unless I’m playing an open string.
  15. I have the ibanez tube screamer mini - it’s on my geetar board between the mosky mini muff (big muff clone) & silver horse (klon clone). It sounds just like a tube screamer should and as I bought it secondhand on ebay it was only a few quid more than a mini clone which would have been the wrong shade of green.
  16. 350€ seems like a good price for the bass and case, however I am surprised that a luthier would be able to state that the issue was not structural purely from photos - ie without the bass in their hands. Saying that, the 'crack' is very likely to be due to the wood of the neck expanding/shrinking with temperature/humidity changes and the fingerboard & binding not being affected by temperature/humidity. I had a Fender bass which had a similar appearance, but between the walnut skunk stripe and the maple of the neck. Very fine wet & dry paper smoothed it out. The 'crack' disappeared and could no longer be felt in the hand. If it is such a minor issue on the hagstrom which can be as easily fixed, I would be asking why the seller has not fixed it or had the luthier fix it?
  17. good idea. If I can find something cheaper than the Fender ones I might do that
  18. I used a superfine sanding pad to remove the remaining parts of of the logo. This came off easily and the face of the headstock still has a complete layer of the original thin finish, so it won't need any additional finishing before applying a waterslide decal. I have ordered a new decal from voodoo decals in Portugal. He doesn't have any harley benton ones so I had to order a Fender Precsion bass (1957 style) one instead!
  19. I asked a friend for ideas for how to reshape the headstock of my PB50. He suggested using an angle grinder with a velcro sanding pad and various grades of abrasive. I would never have thought of this and had no idea of how well it would work, but as he had the necessary tools and offered to do the job, I took the neck over to his place yesterday and he had a go. I think it came out really well. I just need to do a bit of hand sanding and it will be ready for refinishing.
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