The Bass-ment

A Tale Of Two Basses

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1. My mate wants to repair his old Japanese EB3 copy, so he asked if I would have a go. I thought why not ??!! It looks pretty beat up, but salvageable. I’ve already sourced some tuners and a Gibson style bridge, plus I need to scratch build a scratch plate. 2. My old Beatle bass is currently fretless, (and unplayable), after a mate thought he’d try to fix it after a bottle or five of red wine. Not happy. A few people have looked at it to refret it but with what I’ve been quoted, I could buy a Hofner Ignition !! It holds some sentimental value to me, so I’ll try it myself. If I stuff it up it’s no big loss to me, I’ll just hang it on the wall as a clock or something.

Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Wish me luck !!

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I may have a Korean mudbucker for it, since it appears that is missing.... or maybe also a DiMarzio mudbucker

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DCBirdMan, thanks for the offer, I do have the original neck pickup, it was taken out for some reason.

Close up shows a bit more. For some reason someone removed the original bridge and fitted a Fender style one. The original has gone walkabout though.

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This is what happens when you try to fit something that doesn’t belong. Need I say more.

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A bit of playing around. I think it’ll get there.

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Pretty much completed now. New bridge, tuners, and scratchplate. Had a spot of trouble fitting the new bridge posts, my Imperial to Metric conversion was a tad out so the posts were pulling out. Plugged with dowel and redrilled, a shade smaller mind you, they ain’t coming out now !! Strung with flats, neck pickup gives a nice deep bass sound, bridge pickup is kinda quacky, both together sound good except there’s a bit of volume drop. My mates happy with it, now he wants to refinish it in white, but that’s his job. I don’t mind the beat up finish.

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These were really comfy, easy playing, powerful instruments. The fat neck pickup had a huge sound. Bigger than even seems possible.

They always remind me of Andy Fraser who played with Free. What a player.

You've done a great job getting it back to the way it should be.

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Thanks ade, Yeah, the neck pickup is awesome...huge sound. Im itching to play this at a gig.

I’m thinking of getting a short scale bass, was partial to a Fender Mustang, but after this I think one of these might be a big consideration.

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Decided to play the SG at last nights gig. This thing really thumps. Love the sound of the neck pickup on its own.

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Good work! Nice save, putting the strings back above the fretboard!


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