Bass re-building

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Posted by Borknagar on January 19, 2001 at 16:52:05:

I have a question similar to the thread below, but I thought I'd start my own thread so I don't take away the shine from his question :-)

Anyway, onwards to my question...

I have an old, butt ugly, bad sounding bass, that I'm thinking of doing a not so little re-build of. I got it for 50 bucks so if I mess it up it doesn't matter much. Allso, I get a chance to learn something about bass construction, or rather, that's my plan.

I was wondering how much the body and neck really matter to the sound. I'm not that experienced of a player so I can instantly hear what kind of wood the neck and body have. I'm thinking along the lines of replacing the neck with a fretless neck from another brand that fit. It's a shortscale at it current state, and I want it longer.

I think I will allso replace all the pickups and put active EMG's in it.

So basiclly I'll just keep the body and change everything else.

Now, my other question is if all these modification will just mess it up even more badly, or will I be able to get a good sound (considering that I put in new and good pickups) from it.

In my mind (like to add that I don't know much about this, so I'm just using my uncommon sense) I would be able to build myself a good bass from a this cheap one.

Oh, and I might change the bridge aswell... I haven't decided that yet.

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