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On 19/08/2020 at 13:00, thedontcarebear said:

Let me know how shoddy you think the gigbag is! haha.

Its... basic.

For reference, it's a basic black polyester gig back with a bit of padding, one pocket that's not deep enough to hold anything other than a cable and some picks, a detachable shoulder strap, and "Fender" screen-printed on it. Nowt fancy.

It's not the worst I've seen. I've got a couple of the kind of "get-you-home" bags made out of a single layer of polyester that music shops'll chuck in for a fiver if you've bought something that doesn't come with a bag.

But also, it's not the best I've seen. I've got better ones in my stash, so don't think I'll be using it to carry the bass around in. 

What do the various levels of Fender generally come with these days? I know the higher-end stuff still comes with cases, and Squiers don't generally come with anything, but what about the mid-range? The other basses I've bought new in recent years have been: Lakland Skyline - very nice Levy's polyester gig-bag, very much a level up from this one, Reverend Wattplower - custom hard-case.

Anyway, the many thing is that I've got the bass and I like it a lot. Pictures will be coming when I get the chance to take them.

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I've put the one that came with mine back in the box for storage, and it's living in a Thomann one I have at the moment.  I genuinely would never take a bass out of the house in the included gigbag - I expected it to be of the level of the ones you get with Gibson's tributes etc, which are cheaper guitars.  I will get a hardcase at some point to replace it I think anyway.

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I tried the bass out on Sat. Loved it. Still trying to decide between this and the 60th anniversary one. So at the moment I have it put aside. I'm to go in on the 5th and either walk away with the paisley or order the 60th. Decisions...

 

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On 24/08/2020 at 10:47, sirmuppet said:

I tried the bass out on Sat. Loved it. Still trying to decide between this and the 60th anniversary one. So at the moment I have it put aside. I'm to go in on the 5th and either walk away with the paisley or order the 60th. Decisions...

 

Nice problem to have!

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Meanwhile - first-world problem: the knobs aren't lined up as I like (aligned along the long axis of the plate when full off, pointing vertically up when full on), and despite having a comprehensive collection of allen keys, I can't find one to fit!

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The one that comes in US case-candy for adjusting the saddle heights also fits these on US models.

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Doh! I didn't even think to check the (afforementionedly shoddy) gig-bag for case candy - sure enough, it comes with the correct allen keys.

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As promised, some pictures with the guard off. It wasn't the best day for photography, so excuse the yellow cast to them - it's much silverier in real life.

With the guard:

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No pickguard - the good news is that the pattern extends under it, and the burst follows the edges consistently all the way round:

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Clear pickguard that doesn't quite fit right:

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And for anyone interested, this is what the innards look like - shielding plate, full-size solid-shaft pots:

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My personal choice is to keep the original black guard on, but I can see the appeal of guardless/clear.

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18 hours ago, wingnutkj said:

As promised, some pictures with the guard off. It wasn't the best day for photography, so excuse the yellow cast to them - it's much silverier in real life.

With the guard:

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No pickguard - the good news is that the pattern extends under it, and the burst follows the edges consistently all the way round:

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Clear pickguard that doesn't quite fit right:

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And for anyone interested, this is what the innards look like - shielding plate, full-size solid-shaft pots:

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My personal choice is to keep the original black guard on, but I can see the appeal of guardless/clear.

Where did you get the clear pickguard from to fit it? I was looking and if yours fits then I may order the same.

On 24/08/2020 at 10:49, BassApprentice said:

I guess this good thing about not being 100% sure about limited edition finishes is that you should be able to pass it on to someone else fairly easily @sirmuppet

Oh, I love them both. It's just which to get. It's a 40th present so I'm unsure which to go with. Either way it won't be getting passed on later down the line (that I know of, lol).

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19 hours ago, hiram.k.hackenbacker said:

Ah man, I’d go clear all day long. Enjoy.

So much more paisley...

is it the holes dont line up? Shame...

could the be moved a little on the guard and a slightly larger counter sink applied to half split the difference?

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I can't remember where I got the pickguard from - I've had it for years, and wasn't entirely unsurprised that it didn't match up. It's quite a different shape to the stock one - I think it might have been based on whatever was standard in the 90s/00s, and this bass is basically a '75 Reissue (3-bolt microtilt neck with bullet, 70s bridge pickup position).

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Gotcha. No worries. Looks like it fits well but if it's not an exact match then I'll maybe order the one I was looking at. Good to know from your pics that it's like that under the guard. I may very well opt for a sans-guard look like I did on my Geddy a while ago. 

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8 hours ago, sirmuppet said:

Gotcha. No worries. Looks like it fits well but if it's not an exact match then I'll maybe order the one I was looking at.

Send your existing PG to this fella in Glasgow and he'll make you a clear plate.

 

Brian's a good lad and his turnaround is fast.

 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/earlpilanz

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12 hours ago, kodiakblair said:

Send your existing PG to this fella in Glasgow and he'll make you a clear plate.

 

Brian's a good lad and his turnaround is fast.

 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/earlpilanz

Yeah, I spoke to him prviously about doing soemthing for me that I ended up not going down that route. Seemed a nice guy to speak with. Only problem was that he could do what I wanted but not the the finish I wanted as he didn't stock it. He does Japan guards but not in clear. Suppose if he has clear in other he can do but may ask him first before going anywhere else.

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7 hours ago, sirmuppet said:

Suppose if he has clear in other he can do but may ask him first before going anywhere else.

Oh he definitely had material for clear plates.

 

Start of August I told an American lad to contact Brian regarding a clear plate for his Blue Flower P-bass, I'd handed mine over for the template.

10 days later American lad was back in touch saying thanks, turned out even with delivery and exchange rates Brian's was cheaper than Pickguardian & Pickguard Planet. Added bonus was his plate took just 8 days to arrive instead of the 8 weeks quoted by the other 2 👍

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3 hours ago, kodiakblair said:

Oh he definitely had material for clear plates.

 

Start of August I told an American lad to contact Brian regarding a clear plate for his Blue Flower P-bass, I'd handed mine over for the template.

10 days later American lad was back in touch saying thanks, turned out even with delivery and exchange rates Brian's was cheaper than Pickguardian & Pickguard Planet. Added bonus was his plate took just 8 days to arrive instead of the 8 weeks quoted by the other 2 👍

Nice. If I get the bass and go down the route of a clear guard I will 100% be using him.

If I remember I actually got him to make me a cover for the battery compartment on a Mex deluxe. I traced it and made a vector file and sent it to him. Think he also did my control cover on my [email protected] Bass. 

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19 minutes ago, King Tut said:

Wouldn’t it be nice if these came undrilled for the scratch plate!

That would be awesome but sadly it isn't the case. Would love to see how a black control plate would look on it too. 

 

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I still really think the black guard is the nicest, I think a clear could look okay, but it would need to be burst around the edge I think to give some definition!

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Well I ended up not going for this bass. It was between this and the 60th anniversary and the 60th just won it for me. I would dearly love to have both but alas it was one or the other. If I win the lottery though I shall be posting my pruchase here, lol. 

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