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  1. This pic showing the relative pickup centrelines of the usual suspects may also be useful
  2. I'm a bit OCD about measurements and suchlike and it just so happens I have a spreadsheet of pickup position data (attached for info) Pickup position.xlsx
  3. ikay

    The Riddled Road of Fretless Bass Guitar...

    I had a Squier ebonol fretless with the same issue of the slightly raised fretlines. I gently sanded it using a fairly fine grit until it felt flat to the touch and then polished it up using a series of micro-mesh polishing papers like these - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Micro-Mesh-Regular-Sheets-Abrasive-Polishing-x/dp/B003RTABUK. After the first sanding the surface goes scarily grey/dull but the finishing papers bring it back to a full glossy shine. Or you can leave it somewhere in between by just stopping the polish at a point that you're happy with. I was never happy with the neck though as the ebonol just felt a bit fake compared with real wood and I could always imperceptibly feel the plastic inlays. If you do change the neck I believe that both the Fender MIM and USA fretless necks also use some sort of synthetic material for the fret inlays (not wood) so be worth checking that out first.
  4. I think the problem is to do with the intonation of one or more individual strings. It's easy to move the whole bridge and get the outer G and E in tune, but the little 'fretlet' saddles are set in grooves and don't always have a fine enough back/forward adjustment to intonate the inner strings correctly.
  5. I doubt that you'll find anything off the shelf. One thing you could try is to cut slots into the existing floating bridge and add some simple sliding saddles similar to the pic below. Something like that should be pretty easy to fabricate.
  6. ikay

    32" Medium Scale Bass Thread

    I use D'Addario EXL170M - http://www.daddario.com/DADProductDetail.Page?ActiveID=3769&productid=130&productname=EXL170M_Nickel_Wound_Bass__Light__45_100__Medium_Scale
  7. Taking the vol and tone pots out of the circuit will change the load on the pickups and make them sound quite a bit brighter, even harsh. It will not sound the same as running it with the pots all dimed. You may like it, you may not, depends what sound you're after. Easy thing to try though and easy to reverse.
  8. ikay

    Hofner question

    Here's a thread from TB if you haven't seen it already - https://www.talkbass.com/threads/hofner-icon-dead-replaced-by-the-ignition.615049/
  9. ikay


    I love my Hofner HCT Club bass. No complaints at all, it's very well put together and sounds great. The staple pickups are amazingly punchy and with Pyramid flats it has 'that' hofner sound. I use it in a little jazz trio and it has just the right tone and vibe for what I need. It won't necessarily work for every band situation though so depends what sort of thing you're after.
  10. Spec for the BJB on Nordstrand website says radius is 14" https://nordstrandaudio.com/collections/4-string-jazz-bass-pickups/products/big-j-blade-4
  11. Threaded barrels alone are available on the G4M website here - https://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/Fender-Vintage-Saddles-for-Bass/1IYJ Not clear if £6 is for just one saddle (ouch) or a set of 4 (bargain)
  12. ikay

    Fender p bass capacitors?

    I think the switch was made somewhere around 1964.
  13. ikay


    Earth wire from bridge goes to sleeve of the output jack.
  14. This interview with Mike Watt might give you some ideas - http://www.flyguitars.com/interviews/mikewatt3.php
  15. ikay

    Does anyone knows who makes this bass?

    It's a Maruszczyk Frog Omega