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Ok people; time to make this site bigger and better than it's previous incarnations!

This thread is for DIY [u]Spare Parts[/u] – whether for your Bass Guitar, Amplifier or Cabinets.

I'll split the first post into these three sections. To give you an idea, I'm looking for suppliers of:

For Bass guitars - bodies, necks, machine heads, decals, scratchplates, screws, pick ups, bridges, on-board pre-amps, tone/volume control knobs, potentiometers etc - all the stuff that you might not find in your local guitar shop.

For amplifiers – valves, knobs, switches, rack mounts, feet, handles, sockets, wiring diagrams, cooing fans, LED's etc.

For cabinets (including self-build) – speakers, wood, covering cloth, grill material, handles, feet/wheels, corners, crossovers, plugs, sockets, acoustic foam etc.

You contribute to the thread the details - name, telephone, website, range of gear they sell etc, and I'll update the sections in the first post as an easy reference.


Hamster


[u][b][size=3]BASS[/size][/b][/u]

[u][b]Decals[/b][/u]
[url="http://www.thedecalshop.co.uk"]www.thedecalshop.co.uk[/url]
[url="http://www.haneberg.se/shop.htm"]www.haneberg.se[/url]
[url="http://www.axesrus.com/decals.htm"]www.axesrus.com[/url]
[email="[email protected]"][email protected][/email] For funny Fender style decals "Faker", "parts-o-caster" etc that occasionally come up on ebay
[url="http://search.ebay.co.uk/_W0QQsassZbrauskoh"]ebay seller brauskoh[/url] Reproduction vintage headstock decals
[url="http://caraguitars.com/make_fender_decal.asp"]http://caraguitars.c...ender_decal.asp[/url] Make your own Fender style decals


[u][b]Electrical Components[/b][/u]
Farnell [url="http://uk.farnell.com/jsp/home/homepage.jsp"]www.uk.farnell.com[/url]
Maplins [url="http://www.maplin.co.uk/?DOY=19m5"]www.maplin.co.uk[/url]
Rapidonline [url="http://www.rapidonline.com/products.aspx?tier1=Electronic+Components"]www.rapidonline.com[/url]
RSH Electronics [url="http://www.rshelectronics.co.uk/"]www.rshelectronics.co.uk[/url]
Luxe Guitars [url="http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Luxe-Guitars"]Luxe-Guitars[/url]

[u][b]General Parts[/b][/u]
Axes r Us [url="http://www.axesrus.com/axecart.htm"]www.axesrus.com[/url]
Highly Strung [url="http://www.highlystrung.co.uk/acatalog/Guitar_parts.html"]www.highlystrung.co.uk[/url]
Basspartsresource (USA) [url="http://www.basspartsresource.com/middle_bass.htm"]www.basspartsresource.com[/url]
Bestbassgear (USA) [url="http://www.bestbassgear.com"]www.bestbassgear.com[/url]
WDMusic [url="http://www.wdmusic.co.uk"]www.wdmusic.co.uk[/url]
Allparts [url="http://www.allparts.uk.com"]www.allparts.uk.com[/url]
Mojo (USA) [url="http://www.mojomusicalsupply.com"]www.mojomusicalsupply.com[/url]
Tubesandmore (USA) [url="http://www.tubesandmore.com"]www.tubesandmore.com[/url]
Brandoni Custom Guitars [url="http://www.brandoniguitars.co.uk/"]www.brandoniguitars.co.uk[/url]
Stewart MacDonald (USA) [url="http://www.stewmac.com/"]www.stewmac.com[/url]
Small Wonder Music [url="http://www.smallwonder-music.co.uk/shop/default.asp"]www.smallwonder-music.co.uk[/url] Good for inlays
Axiomatic [url="http://www.axiomatic-music.co.uk"]www.axiomatic-music.co.uk[/url]
GuitarJapan [url="http://www.guitarjapan.com/parts/index.html"]www.guitarjapan.com[/url] Good for Fender MIJ parts
GR Guitars (USA) [url="http://www.grguitars.com/"]http://www.grguitars.com/[/url]
Angela Parts (USA) [url="http://angela.com/"]http://angela.com/ [/url]
ESR Electronic Components (UK) [url="https://www.esr.co.uk/"]https://www.esr.co.uk/ [/url]

[u][b]LED's[/b][/u]
Sims Custom [url="http://www.simscustom.com/"]www.simscustom.com[/url]
Auroraproject [url="http://www.auroraproject.co.uk/"]www.auroraproject.co.uk/[/url]

[u][b]Metal Re-finishers[/b][/u]
Premier Plating [url="http://www.premier-plating.co.uk"]www.premier-plating.co.uk[/url]
Alpha anodising [url="http://www.alphaanodising.co.uk/"]www.alphaanodising.co.uk[/url]

[u][b]Pickups[/b][/u]
Wizard [url="http://www.wizardpickups.co.uk"]www.wizardpickups.co.uk[/url]
Delano [url="http://www.delano.de/english/index-eng.html"]www.delano.de[/url]
Villex [url="http://eu.villex.com/pickups.html"]villex.com[/url]
Bareknuckle [url="http://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk/"]www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk[/url]
Oil City [url="http://www.oilcitypickups.co.uk/"]www.oilcitypickups.co.uk[/url]

[u][b]Preamps[/b][/u] (on-board)
John East [url="http://www.east-uk.com/jrhome.htm"]www.east-uk.com[/url]
Audere (USA) [url="http://www.audereaudio.com/"]www.audereaudio.com[/url]
Villex [url="http://eu.villex.com/boosters.html"]villex.com[/url]

[u][b]Scratchplates[/b][/u]
Sims Custom [url="http://www.simscustom.com/"]www.simscustom.com[/url]
Jeannies Pickguards (USA) [url="http://home.comcast.net/~pickguards/index.htm"]Jeannie Pickguards[/url]
Pickguardian (USA) [url="http://www.pickguardian.com/pickguardian/Products.html"]www.pickguardian.com[/url]
WDMusic [url="http://www.wdmusic.co.uk/category/Pickguards"]www.wdmusic.co.uk[/url]
Auroraproject [url="http://www.auroraproject.co.uk/"]www.auroraproject.co.uk/[/url]

[u][b]Custom Cables[/b][/u]
OBBM [url="http://www.bassic.co.uk/"]www.bassic.co.uk/[/url]
Bayou Cables (USA) [url="http://www.bayoucables.com"]www.bayoucables.com[/url]

[u][b][size=3]AMPLIFIERS[/size][/b][/u]

[u][b]Electrical Components[/b][/u]
Farnell [url="http://uk.farnell.com/jsp/home/homepage.jsp"]www.uk.farnell.com[/url]
Maplins [url="http://www.maplin.co.uk/?DOY=19m5"]www.maplin.co.uk[/url]
Rapidonline [url="http://www.rapidonline.com/products.aspx?tier1=Electronic+Components"]www.rapidonline.com[/url]
RSH Electronics [url="http://www.rshelectronics.co.uk/"]www.rshelectronics.co.uk[/url]
Luxe Guitars [url="http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Luxe-Guitars"]Luxe-Guitars[/url]
Ampwares (USA) [url="http://www.ampwares.com"]www.ampwares.com[/url]
Watts Tube Audio [url="http://www.turretboards.com/"]http://www.turretboards.com/[/url]

[u][b]General Parts[/b][/u]
Ampwares (USA) [url="http://www.ampwares.com"]www.ampwares.com[/url]
Mojo (USA) [url="http://www.mojomusicalsupply.com"]www.mojomusicalsupply.com[/url]
Tubesandmore (USA) [url="http://www.tubesandmore.com"]www.tubesandmore.com[/url]
Tubetown [url="http://www.tubetown.de/ttstore/index.php"]www.tubetown.de[/url]
Askjan [url="http://www.askjanfirst.de/eindex.htm"]www.askjanfirst.de[/url]
Ampcomponents [url="http://www.ampcomponents.co.uk/index.html"]www.ampcomponents.co.uk[/url]
Bluebellaudio [url="http://www.bluebellaudio.com"]www.bluebellaudio.com[/url]
Fliptops (USA) [url="http://www.fliptops.net/index.htm"]www.fliptops.net[/url] Ampeg specialists
Amps-n-bits [url="http://www.amps-n-bits.com/"]www.amps-n-bits.com/[/url]
Watts Tube Audio [url="http://www.turretboards.com/"]http://www.turretboards.com/[/url]
Doctor Tweek [url="http://www.doctortweek.co.uk/"]http://www.doctortweek.co.uk/[/url] Great for stompbox parts/tweaks etc

[u][b]Valves[/b][/u]
Voc Rock Guitars [url="http://www.voc-rock-guitars.com/index.html"]http://www.voc-rock-....com/index.html[/url]
Watford Valves [url="http://www.watfordvalves.com/home.asp"]www.watfordvalves.com[/url]
Bel-Tubes [url="http://www.bel-tubes.co.uk/valintro.htm"]www.bel-tubes.co.uk[/url]
Electrofix [url="http://www.electrofix.co.uk/"]www.electrofix.co.uk[/url]
Hotrox [url="http://www.hotroxuk.com/"]http://www.hotroxuk.com/[/url]

[u][b]Amp Covers[/b][/u]
Roq Solid [url="http://www.roqsolid.co.uk/wordpress/index.php"]www.roqsolid.co.uk[/url]

[u][b][size=3]CABINETS[/size][/b][/u]

[u][b]Coverings & Covers[/b][/u]
Ampwares (USA) [url="http://www.ampwares.com"]www.ampwares.com[/url]
Tubetown [url="http://www.tubetown.de/ttstore/index.php"]www.tubetown.de[/url]
Roq Solid [url="http://www.roqsolid.co.uk/wordpress/index.php"]www.roqsolid.co.uk[/url]
Cover over Covers [url="http://www.coverovercovers.co.uk/"]http://www.coverovercovers.co.uk/[/url]


[u][b]Fixtures & Fittings[/b][/u]
Maplins [url="http://www.maplin.co.uk/?DOY=19m5"]www.maplin.co.uk[/url]
The Electronics Shop [url="http://www.theelectronicsshop.co.uk"]www.theelectronicsshop.co.uk[/url]
Nut screws washers and bolts [url="http://www.stagonset.co.uk/fasteners?t=1231346488&output_frontpage=yes&cart_id=6587087_17592"]www.stagonset.co.uk[/url]

[u][b]Speakers[/b][/u]
Blueran [url="http://www.bluearan.co.uk"]www.bluearan.co.uk[/url]
BK Electronics [url="http://www.bkelec.com/Pro/Drive_Units/Eminence/Drive_Units.htm"]www.bkelec.com[/url]
BMSpro [url="http://www.bmspro.info/"]www.bmspro.info[/url]
Alcone [url="http://www.lautsprechershop.de/hifi/index_en.htm?/hifi/alcone_s_en.htm"]www.lautsprechershop.de[/url]
AER [url="http://www.aer-loudspeakers.com/eng/bass-e.htm"]www.aer-loudspeakers.com[/url]
MCM [url="http://www.mcminone.com/search.asp?catalog_name=MCMProducts&restrict=3829629&keyword=&MODE=1"]www.mcminone.com[/url]
Parts Express [url="http://www.partsexpress.com/webpage.cfm?&DID=7&WebPage_ID=30"]www.partsexpress.com[/url]

[u][b][size=3]Circuits / Wiring Diagrams / Tech Stuff[/size][/b][/u]
[url="http://www.montagar.com/~patj/gindex.htm"]www.montagar.com[/url]
[url="http://www.seymourduncan.com/support/schematics.shtml"]www.seymourduncan.com[/url]
[url="http://www.christianmusicweb.com/effects_schematics.html"]www.christianmusicweb.com[/url]
[url="http://www.diystompboxes.com/pedals/schematics.html"]www.diystompboxes.com[/url]
[url="http://www.kbapps.com/tubeamps.html"]www.kbapps.com[/url]
[url="http://www.avatarspeakers.com/wiring%20diagrams.htm"]www.avatarspeakers.com[/url]
[url="http://www.mif.pg.gda.pl/homepages/tom/schematics.htm"]www.mif.pg.gda.pl/homepages/tom/schematics.htm[/url]
[url="http://www.freeinfosociety.com/electronics/schempage.php?cat=1"]www.freeinfosociety.com[/url]
[url="http://www.warwickbass.com/schematics"]www.warwickbass.com/schematics[/url] Warwick schematics
[url="http://www.guitarnuts.com/wiring/howitallworks.php"]www.guitarnuts.com[/url] Several pages of pickup/wiring principles
[url="http://www.alexplorer.net/guitar"]www.alexplorer.net/guitar[/url] More pickup & wiring combinations explained
[url="http://www.duncanamps.com/index.htm"]http://www.duncanamps.com/index.htm[/url] Loads of stuff on here - amps, tubes, impedance calculator etc etc
[url="http://www.fender.co.uk/support/wiring_diagrams_parts_lists.php"]http://www.fender.co.uk/support/wiring_dia...parts_lists.php[/url] - From the horses mouth
[url="http://ampedia.redbeartrading.com/"]http://ampedia.redbeartrading.com/[/url]


[u][b][size=3]How To guides and DIY Luthier courses[/size][/b][/u]
Bailey Guitars [url="http://www.baileyguitars.co.uk/BuildYourOwn.aspx"]www.baileyguitars.co.uk[/url]
Craft Supplies [url="http://website.lineone.net/~guitarcourse"]Craft Supplies[/url]
Bass De-fret [url="http://www.geocities.com/charlesarms"]Bass De-fret[/url]
Tone-stack calculator [url="http://www.duncanamps.com/tsc/index.html"]www.duncanamps.com[/url]
Musicman Pickups and preamps [url="http://myweb.ecomplanet.com/TOWN8019/mycustompage0019.htm"]Musicman guide[/url]
String Tensions [url="http://www.daddario.com/Resources/JDCDAD/images/tension_chart.pdf"]www.daddario.com[/url]
Swirled paint finish [url="http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/swirled.htm"]www.projectguitar.com[/url]
Bass Building [url="http://members.lycos.nl/ajgp/main.html"]Monster Bass[/url]
Bass Building [url="http://www.geocities.com/philmailloux"]Phil Mailloux[/url]
Fender neck set-up [url="http://www.fender.com/en-GB/support/articles/bass-guitar-setup-guide/"]www.fender.co.uk[/url]
General neck set-up [url="http://www.garywillis.com/pages/bass/bassmanual/setupmanual.html"]www.garywillis.com[/url]
General neck set-up [url="http://www.weedhopper.org/bass_guitar_setup.asp"]www.weedhopper.org[/url]
Rickenbacker neck set-up [url="http://www.joeysbassnotes.com/Joeys%20frameset.htm"]www.joeysbassnotes.com[/url]
Neck Radius Gauge (Downloadable) [url="http://www.pickguardian.com/pickguardian/Images/Pickguardian%20Neck%20Radius%20Gauges.pdf"]www.pickguardian.com[/url]
Thunderbird Neck-Dive fix [url="http://www.lysator.liu.se/~wizkid/music/thunderbird_mod/"]www.lysator.liu.se[/url]
Drop-filling damaged lacquer [url="http://www.frets.com/FRETSPages/Luthier/Technique/Finish/Lacquer/DropFill/dropfill.html"]Lacquer repair[/url]
Buzzing 101 [url="http://www.frets.com/FRETSPages/Luthier/Technique/Setup/BuzzDiagnosis/buzzlist.html"]The Big Buzz List[/url]
Guide about wood and tone etc [url="http://www.warmoth.com/Bass/Options/WoodDescriptions.aspx"]www.warmoth.com[/url]
How to apply carpet to your cab www.icixsound.com
How to properly connect cables! - [url="http://www.rane.com/note110.html"]http://www.rane.com/pdf/ranenotes/Sound%20...rconnection.pdf[/url] Edited by icastle
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[url="http://www.fliptops.net/index.htm"]http://www.fliptops.net/index.htm[/url]

Fantastic source for parts & expert info on vintage Ampegs.

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[quote name='99ster' post='10883' date='Jun 2 2007, 01:30 AM'][url="http://www.fliptops.net/index.htm"]http://www.fliptops.net/index.htm[/url]

Fantastic source for parts & expert info on vintage Ampegs.[/quote]

Added - cheers!

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[quote name='Jean-Luc Pickguard' post='14200' date='Jun 8 2007, 01:06 PM']Brandoni Guitars in Wembley - bodies, necks, pickups, hardware etc...
[url="http://www.brandoniguitars.co.uk"]http://www.brandoniguitars.co.uk[/url][/quote]

Thanks Jean-Luc - I have made it so! :)

Hamster

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Hi Hamster,

Villex also make passive boosters for basses. For the purpose of your list I guess they can be classed as on-board preamps

[url="http://eu.villex.com/boosters.html"]http://eu.villex.com/boosters.html[/url]

Thanks a lot!

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[quote name='Villex_Europe' post='15462' date='Jun 11 2007, 09:22 AM']Hi Hamster,

Villex also make passive boosters for basses. For the purpose of your list I guess they can be classed as on-board preamps

[url="http://eu.villex.com/boosters.html"]http://eu.villex.com/boosters.html[/url]

Thanks a lot![/quote]

Thanks for the reminder - a useful bit of kit with good reviews - added.

Hamster

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Stewmac in the US has a huge stock of parts and equipment for making and repairing instruments.

I previously bought sheilding paint, a graphite nut and a new selector switch from them.

I recently got some emg select pickups ($24) which have a good hum free output and no preamp required, they sound great.

Any order less than $36 to the UK means no import duty which makes it really cheap if you want low cost parts.

Orders over $36 have a 17.5% duty charge when imported to the UK.

[url="http://www.stewmac.com"]http://www.stewmac.com[/url]

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[quote name='dub' post='16721' date='Jun 13 2007, 09:36 AM']Stewmac in the US has a huge stock of parts and equipment for making and repairing instruments.

I previously bought sheilding paint, a graphite nut and a new selector switch from them.

I recently got some emg select pickups ($24) which have a good hum free output and no preamp required, they sound great.

Any order less than $36 to the UK means no import duty which makes it really cheap if you want low cost parts.

Orders over $36 have a 17.5% duty charge when imported to the UK.

[url="http://www.stewmac.com"]http://www.stewmac.com[/url][/quote]

Cheers Dub - added

Hamster

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I see you've linked to Axes 'r' Us already, but it might be worth sticking this link under the decals section, as it's a "secret" page that doesn't link from the main site...

[url="http://www.axesrus.com/decals.htm"]www.axesrus.com/decals.htm[/url]

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[quote name='twentyhertz' post='17597' date='Jun 14 2007, 02:19 PM']I see you've linked to Axes 'r' Us already, but it might be worth sticking this link under the decals section, as it's a "secret" page that doesn't link from the main site...

[url="http://www.axesrus.com/decals.htm"]www.axesrus.com/decals.htm[/url][/quote]

The site links to the decals page from its own site map, I'll include it though :)

Hamster

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[quote name='Jean-Luc Pickguard' post='14200' date='Jun 8 2007, 02:06 PM']Brandoni Guitars in Wembley - bodies, necks, pickups, hardware etc...
[url="http://www.brandoniguitars.co.uk"]http://www.brandoniguitars.co.uk[/url][/quote]


I can thoroughly recommend this man!!! I have known him and bought loads of stuff off him since the mid eighties and if you ever get a chance to walk round his warehouse take it !! It,s like alladins cave of guitars!!!
A nice bloke too!!!

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Bare knuckle Pickups. ( [url="http://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk"]http://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk[/url] ) They dont advertise the bass pickups they make, but will hand wind to customers specification. Hopefully if they get some more support from us bassists they can make the bass pickups more prominent.

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[quote name='tempo' post='22871' date='Jun 25 2007, 09:46 AM']Bare knuckle Pickups. ( [url="http://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk"]http://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk[/url] ) They dont advertise the bass pickups they make, but will hand wind to customers specification. Hopefully if they get some more support from us bassists they can make the bass pickups more prominent.[/quote]

Cheers Tempo - added

Hamster

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Fantastic reproduction vintage electrical components for basses (& geetars) & Amps - highly recommended:
[url="http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Luxe-Guitars"]http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Luxe-Guitars[/url] Edited by 99ster

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For both general electronics bits and handles/corners/edging strip etc for amps, cabs and flight cases, you cant beat 'The Electronics Shop' in Cullercoats Tyne & Wear. The shop is an aladins cave of muso bits & pieces and the website is pretty good too. Same prices on web as in shop so well worth a visit if your ever in this neck of the woods. www.theelectronicsshop.co.uk

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Excelent thread!

For funny Fender stlye decals Faker, parts-o-caster etc that occasionally come up on ebay:
[email protected]

Source of valves, NOS etc in Bristol
[url="http://www.electrofix.co.uk/"]http://www.electrofix.co.uk/[/url] (terrible website!) Edited by OldGit

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For the scratch plate list (and other stuff I guess)
[url="http://www.wdmusic.co.uk/home/index.php"]http://www.wdmusic.co.uk/home/index.php[/url]

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[quote name='OldGit' post='39198' date='Jul 30 2007, 08:18 PM']For the scratch plate list (and other stuff I guess)
[url="http://www.wdmusic.co.uk/home/index.php"]http://www.wdmusic.co.uk/home/index.php[/url][/quote]

They're already on the general parts list, I'll add them to the scratchplates as a x-ref.

Hamster

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[quote name='Hamster' post='39297' date='Jul 30 2007, 11:25 PM']They're already on the general parts list, I'll add them to the scratchplates as a x-ref.

Hamster[/quote]


Cheers mate, this thread is a great resource, er , resource :)

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