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  1. Deal pending. I’ll mark it off as sold once I have payment received, but on hold.
  2. @Ricky Rioli It looks expensive! Lol. You could get 4 out of 5 of those coils by using a modded Nordstrand MM4.4 or a newer Sims Super Quad pickup...or some of the Bartolini MM quad coil pickups too now that I think on it... The Super Quads look really interesting but are so outrageously expensive even I have never ventured near them. Lol
  3. He's now one of my favourites too. Unbelievable playing!
  4. Hello all I bought this in the spirit of optimism, but I really prefer maple boards to rosewood. So it's up for sale. I have very rarely seen 3 pickup basses, and I did a fair bit of research before buying this and after I got my hands on it. They were made for a short time in the 90's - I found a pricelist referring to this model after a lot of digging - https://guitar-compare.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/1992-February-1.pdf. This is number 72 of the 200 or so of these made. This is alder bodied, rosewood fretboard. It weighs 7 lbs, or thereabouts, very light indeed. (No neck dive though.) Colour is called 'Blackstone'. It's in very good condition overall. The body has no dinks, though the headstock took one at the lower front and was touched up by someone. The neck plate is worn, but perfectly fine. The neck is straight. I replaced the stock strap buttons with Dunlop Straplocks. One of the knobs is missing the Fender logo; that's just as it came to me. Jazz nut width (1.5"), and a very flat fretboard (12" radius according to my feeler gauges). Narrow neck front to back too, so it feels really fast to play. 22 frets. Setup is medium to low currently, pretty flat in terms of relief. I polished the frets, oiled the fretboard, and re-strung it with D'Addario Prosteels. It’s a very cool sounding bass with a lot of flexibility - more on that below. 3 humbucking pickups, passive, with a volume and a TBX control and a switch to control pickup combinations. The pots are a little scratchy but work fine. I ran some magnetic paper over the Fender branded pickups on my version. It looks like they are split coils, humbuckers, like Precision pickups but in a Jazz casing. The pickup resistances read 7.79k neck pickup, 8.56k middle pickup, 8.56k bridge pickup. They sound very clear and even. The pickup distances from the centre of the 12th fret to the centre coil of each pickup are interesting. These measure 28.6 cm front pickup, 36 cm middle pickup, 39.6 cm rear pickup. That puts the front pickup very near to where a conventional Precision bass EA coil sits (28.3cm from centre 12th fret to centre coil pickup), the middle pickup just in front of where a 60s Jazz bass pickup sits (36.6 cm from centre 12th fret the centre coil pickup), and the rear pickup way nearer the bridge than any other pickup I know of. Now, for some interest, lol..... I replaced the stock 5 position switch with a Freeway 10-way switch. Link to explain is here (https://youtu.be/mrLKZZ5B8b0) but essentially you end up with 2 'banks' of 5 switch positions each. Works like a charm and opens up even more tonal possibilities for the bass. Currently, using this wiring diagram from page 1 of the link (https://www.freewayswitch.com/app/download/8112261315/5B5-01+3PU+2Pot+Part1.pdf?t=1532631306) the switch gives the following options (from front to back): Bank 1: Front, Front + Middle Parallel, Middle, Middle + Rear Parallel, Rear (exactly the same as stock switch) Bank 2: Front + Middle in Series, all 3 pickups in Parallel, Front + Rear in Series, Front and Rear in Parallel, Middle + Rear in Series. My favourites are setting 2 and 4 from the the stock settings (Bank 1) and 1, 3, 5 from Bank 2. I found a few links to try and give an idea of the sound, since hardly anyone will have heard of this bass... And photos....finally! I'm looking for what I have put into it, so £720 + shipping for this USA made, rare, very light, and flexible instrument. Happy to ship anywhere. Pete
  5. I really like that pickup @krispn, I can see no reason to change it for another as an experiment. I considered it with the number of them I have around, but there’s no need. By the way I found some relevant threads on Talkbass in relation to this discussion. https://www.talkbass.com/threads/p-vs-reverse-p-what’s-better.1341181/ https://www.talkbass.com/threads/poll-standard-p-or-reverse-p.748372/ https://www.talkbass.com/threads/reverse-p-pickups-in-p-j-basses.741507/
  6. Quick cross post to the 'P vs reverse P' thread with my observations after borrowing @krispn's bass. Thanks Gav!
  7. I have had the pleasure of borrowing @krispn's (Gav's) Precision with flats, and comparing to my own. A very instructive evening last night and morning. Played through my amp setup (The Basschat FRFR 12" design) and headphones. Gav's is on the left, and is alder body, rosewood board, and strung with TI flats. His has a P pickup in the usual spot, but with the coils reversed. He also has a Precision neck, with more mass and larger nut width. Mine is on the right, and is alder body, Brazilian rosewood neck, and strung with D'Addario Chromes flats. It sports the usual pickup orientation and position. Jazz neck and Jazz nut width. Recognising that the two basses are not 100% alike, and trying to allow as best as I can for that, I do notice what I have done with other basses I have tried with a reversed P, which is that the reverse P makes the string balance a lot more even from top to bottom. It still sounds like a Precision - mostly - but it does get rid of the typical bark. By comparison, I find my bass to have a little more low end and a bit more thinness to the D and G strings, with the expected 'bark'. I very much doubt anyone apart from a bass player would notice, but since we're all very focused on the bass around here, I will say the reversed P does not sound quite like a typical Precision. It sounds great though! Just different. The project bass I'm working on (see https://www.basschat.co.uk/topic/440973-dual-p-pickup-bass-modding-a-mexi-fender/) may yet end up with a reversed front P, I'm not sure. I have had for that brief that I maintain the typical Precision sound, but I am now wondering if the reversed front P is worthwhile. Thanks to @krispn for letting me borrow his bass!
  8. Sweet. I would love to compare. I’ll message you.
  9. So, I took the plunge for a Fender roasted maple Jazz neck. This was exactly what I was looking for. I really do not get on with rosewood boards that well, and the snap of maple is exactly what I wanted. It sounds no different to other non roasted maple necks, but it looks nice and was a direct fit to the body with no footering about there needed. Very light neck indeed, and it appears to all be a single piece of maple. I cannot see a separate piece of maple for the fretboard. Cool. Had to fit the tuners (Hipshot Licensed Ultralites), string tree, and file down the nut. Classic mistake overfilling the G string slot, rescued with superglue. I chipped it a bit too; still needs further filing down for overall height, but it works. Key learning here for roasted maple: this wood is very hard, drill pilot holes for all screws and use a little candle wax to screw them in. I might fit an EQ to it sometime. Still toying with the idea of reversing the neck pickup...best to live with it as it is for a while though, I think.
  10. Hello all Up for sale is a genuine MIM Fender Precision neck with tuners. Taken off my 60th Anniversary MIM Fender Precision. It's a lovely maple neck with a nice piece of rosewood. By and large, I prefer maple fretboards to rosewood, and Jazz necks to Precisions, so I replaced this neck with a Fender roasted maple Jazz neck. Frets are good, the nut appears to be bone and is well cut, the neck is straight and the truss rod works. It's in excellent condition. With the tuners, it weighs 1.106kg. The nut is 41mm width, and it's a standard Fender neck heel, which should fit any Fender or Squier. It was 63mm at the neck heel after I measured a few times. £190 plus postage takes it. Pete
  11. I can see I’m a bit late to this thread, but I’m very supportive of Ibanez. My one needed some doing up - neck dive otherwise - but it’s my go to 5er now. See the thread below. I have owned Modulus, Musicman, Yamaha, Peavey, Pedulla, and many other 5ers. This one gets the job done for cheap (even after mods). It also has 18mm string spacing whilst having a great neck.
  12. Ok, an update. Here’s how it looks now: First thing to say, after experimenting more with bridge pickups, the Seymour Duncan SPB3 (Quarter Pounder) is a great match for the SPB1 at the neck. The thread about dual P pickup basses on Talkbass has this as a common combination, and with good reason. It sounds good. After a lot of work, I think what I have found is that the bridge pickup position best suits a pickup with big bass and big treble. Too much mid in this position just gets a bit too nasally for my taste. The DiMarzio Model P, for instance, works less well here IMO, because it is basically a ‘more of everything’ pickup frequency wise. It sounds fab at the front position though! I used car paint and clear car lacquer on the rear pickup cover to get the colour closer to the body. I now know quite closely the term ‘overspray’ and I can tell you if there are mistakes to be made whilst spray painting, I probably made them. The job is ok but could probably do with me sanding it all back and redoing it completely, but I’m not going to do that, lol. But it looks decent. Once I finished doing the pickup testing, I put a white pickguard back on. Slightly ‘mint’ shade. The chrome electronics cover was convenient for ease of access to electronics, but I think I do like the pickguard aesthetic, and once I finished the testing, I didn’t need easy access anymore, so... I very nearly tried reversing the neck pickup orientation. I think it probably would let the pickups blend better, from reports I read on Talkbass. However, the two ways of doing this (either keeping position same and reversing the orientation of each half, or moving the DG coil closer to the neck by moving it to the other side of the EA coil) both change the ‘Precision’ nature of the sound of the neck pickup considerably, at least IMO. I can’t bring myself to do it, a Precision’s fundamental sound is just too cool. As it is, it sounds like a gnarlier PJ bass. I think of it as being a Precision (so front pickup mostly being run at 100% and blending in different amounts of rear pickup) as opposed to being like a Jazz, where both pickups together is probably my favourite sound. Both pickups fully on together here sounds good, but I’m not sure if it was really worth the effort over many PJ setups. (Assuming the J pickup is a humbucker in those setups, never understood why people introduced single coil hum in that setup). The rear pickup on its own is like a beefier, angrier Jazz pickup. You can definitely 'Jaco out' there now and it is not nasally or clavinet-ish now. It’s fun. If I had my time again, I’d move the rear pickup DG coil right up against the back of the Precision pickguard, and of course start with it being reversed. It just works better. I think I will shell out for a maple Jazz neck on this. I prefer the nut width and the high end spank of maple. But it’s a personal project, very much my bass now, lol. On the whole, for economic effectiveness, I think I would simply say to most people they should just buy a PJ bass, and get most of the same sound without the effort. A split coil Jazz pickup at the rear will get much of the sound without the hassle. Or a Nordstrand Big Split, I bet.
  13. My experience of electro-acoustic basses have all been disappointing. The larger body ones, not the thin line types mostly shown here They all need plugged in, and once plugged in, they do the thing that solid body guitars were designed to avoid - they feed back. Plus the bridges are usually not that easily adjustable. A fun idea that doesn’t work out in my experience.
  14. I continue to read my way through the Shadows of Motown book. I have learned a lot and my reading has improved a ton, unsurprisingly. This is one of the best things I have done on bass. I can only recommend it.
  15. Just scored a Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder (SPB3) which I will test out for the bridge. Now that I have the new loom with 500k pots, I will also go back and test out the DiMarzio P again at the bridge position too. (After I had lived with the DiMarzios for a while, I felt that they had a lot of high mids but lost treble up top. I wonder if the 4x 250k pot loading bled off too much high end, looking back. Ah well, nothing to do but try it out again with the new setup!) I might try spray painting the black pickup surround as well, found some Halfords paint which is the same colour as the bass (I think) and I have some primer kicking about as well. All good fun...
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