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Well not quite new but you know what I mean. After ogling the Status Vintage GP model and also numerous 50's precisions I decided to concoct my own version.

Perhaps not one for the purists this is a MIM Fender Mike Dirnt in Vintage White (otherwise known as pale custard yellow) which I purchased from @billge along with a Status P neck courtesy of @Cuzzie (also thanks to @HazBeen who gave me some valuable advice along the way).

The obvious problem with fitting a different neck onto a 50's style P is the neck heel. The 50's basses have a square heel and everything else has the more common rounded heel. A rounded heel neck will however fit in the square heel socket, it just leaves visible gaps in the corners which the scratchplate doesn't cover. Step forward GIG.ink @TimAl who manufactured me a Mike Dirnt plate with the necessary rounded heel.

I'm really pleased with it. The neck and body make a great combination and after hearing lots of goods things about the '59 pickup in these MD basses I'm not disappointed. I may decide to go for another off-white or cream plate in the future but I think the black looks pretty good. 😁   

 

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OH. MY. Godthatsawesome! I love everything about it! 😄

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Yep - that is the absolute beans - glad I could help you out together something awesome, graphite necks really bring out what pick ups have in them

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That's minted...I done my first self build last year and have an itch again, using a Status neck...this has made that itch that little worse, cracking job mate...👍

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So the first photo is with the original neck, and the rest are with the Status one in carbon fibre?

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7 minutes ago, Happy Jack said:

So the first photo is with the original neck, and the rest are with the Status one in carbon fibre?

That’s correct 

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Nice, very nice. Desperately resisting the urge to start looking for a Vintage GP Artist - I really loved that neck and the punch it gave.

 

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1 minute ago, Happy Jack said:

Nice, very nice. Desperately resisting the urge to start looking for a Vintage GP Artist - I really loved that neck and the punch it gave.

 

Don’t resist - just crack on with that or pop a neck on something - love mine

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I had the squier MD bass a few years back and like a fool I sold it. I think there was a Mexican version knocking around too, as well as a higher end sig? Love the tele headstock on them, but this one here looks cool too.

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23 minutes ago, barrycreed said:

I had the squier MD bass a few years back and like a fool I sold it. I think there was a Mexican version knocking around too, as well as a higher end sig? Love the tele headstock on them, but this one here looks cool too.

Yep, this is the Mexican version with the ‘59 pickup and BadA$$ bridge

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I had a dirnt. It was brilliant. Sold it to @karlfer and I should’ve kept it.

Think if I see a non relic sunburst one again for a good price, I’ll have it.

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1 minute ago, theyellowcar said:

Dirnt cheap you might say 😂

Hahaha...🤨

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Hey hey hey - DEElighted to have been involved sir - always so good to be involved in a real personal project - great work sir 👏 

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I keep harassing Dirnt owners but if you decide to change the pick up I’ll take the ‘59 off your hands. Tidy looking bass! Ooh and when I had mine I had a custom pick guard done but using the Lakland style plate with a flat edge parallel to the pick up just for a slightly different look.

https://www.lakland.com/product/skyline-series-44-51/

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11 minutes ago, krispn said:

I keep harassing Dirnt owners but if you decide to change the pick up I’ll take the ‘59 off your hands. Tidy looking bass! Ooh and when I had mine I had a custom pick guard done but using the Lakland style plate with a flat edge parallel to the pick up just for a slightly different look.

https://www.lakland.com/product/skyline-series-44-51/

I think that you offered me your original pickguard when I was moving on my Mike D Gav, many moons ago!

They are cracking basses but the one I had weighed a bloomin ton. It was bought on here, I think I swapped it for a 60`s Jazz and moved it on after a while. Another one I regret moving on and seeing this one with a Status neck puts me right in the mood for another one.

 

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The weight was always the killer with those Dirnt Basses. Some struggled with the neck but it was integral to the overall sound. Big neck big sound. The newer RW ones are meant to be lighter. 

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