Posted by milan on January 20, 2001 at 14:26:11:
In Reply to: Re: Bass re-building posted by rumblethump on January 20, 2001 at 13:40:04:
Changing the scale length could indeed be a nightmare, but since your going fretless(especially if its unlined fretless) the scale length becomes immaterial as far as intonation. Ignore the dots and use your ears-excellent training! Tone is another matter, but if your upgrading parts, it will most likely improve. All told, I say go for it! You will most likely improve the instrument, and can use the new bits on another axe when you upgrade. If your new neck is standard sized...you could eventually replace the body, and "grow" into a whole new axe. You will also learn a lot about what you do and do not like in a bass. This will be valuable when picking out another axe in the future!
: 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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