Re: Bass re-building

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Posted by rumblethump on January 20, 2001 at 13:40:04:

In Reply to: Bass re-building posted by Borknagar on January 19, 2001 at 16:52:05:

Changing the scale length could be a nightmare. After getting a new neck, pickups,and bridge, you could probably buy a better bass with the same money. If its a turd already, I wouldn't waste my time.

: 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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