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Yet Another Bitsa P-Bass Build


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Today I got the pickup backing plate trimmed and filed, so the pickups are test-fit mounted. I’ll shield the cavity and refit them later. Also did a dry run with a cereal box control plate.

 

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If you widened the plate around the jack, then took it further out in a narrower shape at the opposite end, you could mimic a stingray style plate.  Always bugged me the way a P plate doesn’t follow the shape of the body at the jack extremity!

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The thing is I’ll be using a cut-down p-bass pick guard so the shape is what it is. I’m ok with that. The advantage of this is that the screw holes will allow a full standard pick guard to be fitted later if necessary. The plate will be cut from this:-

 

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I’ve got a new bone nut to fit later but for now this is a rough repair of the existing nut using the super glue trick mentioned earlier. With a bit more filling and tidying up it should be good enough to do a basic set up when everything else is done. 
 

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I cut the control plate from the mirrored pick guard yesterday. It’s really hard to get the bevelled edge right and it needs a bit more filing around the curve. It’s not as good as a proper metal plate but it’s getting there. 
 

I also double and triple checked the bridge position and marked the hole centres with a bradawl along with the holes for the control plate. I’m pretty happy with the positioning now.  I just need to actually drill the holes now but I must make sure I use the right sized drill bit. 
 

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Holes drilled and cavities shielded, all ready for final assembly. Unfortunately I’m going to be away for a few days now so it’ll have to wait until I’m back next week. Nearly there now.

 

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Don't forget to link each copper shielding to ground otherwise it will be useless. And it's really very often forgotten. So solder a wire between the two cavities and a wire from the main one to the grounded pot. Use star grounding for optimal results.

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