Neckbolt Guitars, supplemental - mod edition: This is the only one of my guitars that has a name: "Bean & Cheese." It's a Squier Affinity Precision bass, 4 string. It's been through it all, the only instrument I've ever gigged regularly. I took up bass to help out the worship band at church and it spread to filling in at the local School of Rock. From there, it seemed everyone needed a bassist - until I moved to Utah. I can't find any decent bands to even jam with here, much less join - with either bass or vox... But I digress... The bass was made in 1998 in China - in the Yako factory according to the serial number. It started out as a "Bass Pak" bought by my brother, who only touched it once - to pull it out of the box. He eventually gave it to me. It was originally red with a white pickguard, but I gave it the antique white/black makeover. The patina is about 50% genuine and 50% induced. Yes, I played this ugly thing in church - often while wearing black t-shirts adorned with the type of unreadable metal band logos that look like dead trees during Halloween, what of it? Also, everyone knows that stickers improve tone. I reworked the internals, replacing them with quality components. I kept the same schematic intact. Other mods include: Tusq graphite nut, neck sanded to wood, and a Hipshot bass extender. It's outfitted with EB Cobalt strings, and those combined with a slightly heavier gauge means it's character really stands out in a mix and also repeatedly rips up my hands something awful if I don't keep up practice. Rounding out the mods are a set of WellHung ProPins strap buttons holding onto an example of my favorite series of Brad's straps - the Shock and Awe. Somewhere in my shop there's a box with an expensive new pickup set and an even more expensive new high mass bridge. They were intended for this bass, but I can't bring myself to swap the parts for fear I'll change the mojo somehow. Silly, huh? I'll put the new parts on a Neckbolt build someday. This bass is an almost total piece of shit, but it sets up well and stays in perfect intonation and tune. I almost never need to give it any adjustment, it's just spot on... always. This guitar was the one that convinced me to pick up and play a guitar before making a judgement based on perceived value or headstock logo. It's a much better bass than it's humble beginnings would lead one to believe. It is the one instrument I reach for more often than any other, oftentimes I just mindlessly plinking out a bassline while watching a ball game.