New Project? A Tale Of A Once Nice Bass, Destroyed, Being Brought Back To Life

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  1. BrianSkeezer

    BrianSkeezer Well-Known Member

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    I have some wire to replace that part, but I really don't have any of the important stuff. I definitely don't have any 5-string pickups, or the barrel jack. Maybe I could build up enough scar tissue from being cut by the fret ends being exposed that it could work. :unsure:
     
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    Also, get a tetanus shot!
     
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    Had a few hours of daylight left after work, so I figured I'd take it apart. Ended up wire-wheeling the body with my drill to get the soft burnt wood off, and then used 80 and 120 grit paper to shape and clean it up. The body may be good for a rebuild.

    The neck is bad. I mean really bad. Most of the higher string side of the fretboard is gone.

    I think most of the hardware is salvageable. I have to make sure the bridge height adjustment screws will work, but they're sitting in penetrating oil now because they're rusted into the bridge. Once they turn, I'll make my mind up whether I'll go further with it.
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    Looks good. Honestly, I would keep it like that.
     
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    It's official. This project is now a go. Everything with the bridge and tuners works I only need to get some nylon bushings for the tuners to be complete. It's looking like a neck and pickups will be the big expenses, but if it goes well sourcing them, I hope to have a decent 5 string bass with a cool story for around $150.00. Pics of the hardware...
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    Yup, I'd clear it just like it sits.
     
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    I'm convinced, and have decided that I will get some matte clear and do exactly that. Thanks guys!
     
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    Well, sprayed the body with satin clear poly over the weekend. Got the neck today. I had to fit everything together.
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    Next step is the electronics and a real set of strings. The original pickups still work, and the size/mounting tabs seem to be a proprietary size, so its hard to find good replacements. Hopefully I'll update again next week with it being completed.
     
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    Dang Man, Outstanding! If the original pups work are they just to wrecked to use, or is there another reason for trying to find new pups?
     
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    Thanks! At first I thought they may not work, so I was looking to replace, but after measuring and finding out that the dimensions are different than most, and also how much a newer set may cost ($68/piece), I tried these by hooking the leads to alligator clips and a cable into an amp to make sure they still worked. They seem weak, but it may just be that I didn't have them screwed in, just hovered over the strings of another bass. I now need to extend the leads a bit, since most of the wires were burned.
     
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    Starting to look like a bass again. Well done.
     
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    That actually looks badass. Nice job!
     
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    Wow - what a recovery!!!

    Great job!
     
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    Looks awesome!!
     
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    It is amazing that you were able to get so much of that bass back. I would have said throw it in the wood stove and use it as firewood,. Awesome work!
     
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    Thanks guys! When I first saw it, I thought it might have been beyond help too. I figured, "I can't mess it up any worse, may as well try." It's come out better than I expected.
     
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    Jeez... this is destined for the AGF Hall of Fame. Really impressed by your persistence and what a story instrument.
     
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    Impressive. Now I dare you to fix that neck :)
     
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    Most original relic job ever.

    "What? Your axe was custom reliced by the factory? That's cute. Mine survived a fire. Eff your factory relic job."

    That bass is at a level of badassery previously unseen.
     
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    Done! All wired up on Friday night, played around with it with the old 4-string spare set, got the new strings today. Just set it all up. Plays well, but this is the 1st time I've played a 5-string, and there's a good amount of string buzz on the B string. I'm thinking it's normal, so I'm going to roll with it.

    I wired it different from factory, 2-vol, 1-tone, and 3-way switch. It originally had vol, blend, treble, and bass controls, but this is how I like my other bass. Turns out I had all but the switch taken out from other stuff, that's why it has 1 dime-sized pot for tone, but it works. It had dime-sized pots originally. After checking the pickups, I checked continuity on the jack and it worked also, so I used the original jack too. Thanks for all of the encouragement guys! Hopefully the next update will be sound samples.

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