Custom Bass

Bass Project, CompletedWell, it’s been a while since I posted.

Life has been pretty hectic of late, with work, My Band (Ten Fifty)  making progress and with some DIY.

This time, not of the synthesiser variety. In a previous post I mentioned I had purchased a bass kit and wanted to build my own bass. Well I did that and was pretty happy with it, but it needed something more.

So I looked into pick-ups, after a lot of looking , reading of specs and listening I chose two from Seymour Duncan, The SPB-2 (P-bass type) and the STK-J2 Hot Stack.

Due to the fact that my bass originally had two J pickups I had to hack up the pickup holes, not having access to a router I decided to go with the Eddie Van-Halen school of guitar modding, I took a drill and chisel to it.

Hack hack hack

Doesn’t look very Pretty does it? I can assure you I took the utmost care with this process, you can see the cavity I cut for the E and A strings, and the cavity for the D and G outlined ready to be cut. The observant amongst you will notice I went for the non-standard orientation for the pickups, that’s because I wanted to get a good balance from the upper two strings (which have always sounded quieter on regular basses) and the lower two strings (which have always sounded dull on regular basses).

Hacked Pickups

And above is the body after hacking away for a couple of hours. OK, sure I’m not going to win any awards, but There is a scratch plate to cover it, made with reflective orange plastic.

Perversely the thing that took the longest was shaping the scratch plate. It’s still not exactly what I had in mind, but it’s close.

All in all I speant about 8 hours on this mod, but the $64,000 question remains, “how does it sound?” In a word,  awesome. I really can’t explain just how deep and clear the bass from the P pickup is and just how much growl can be had from the J pickup. I am so happy with the sound of this bass and the playability of it, I can’t see myself getting rid of it, ever. After all there’s a lot of sweat and effort gone into it.

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