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New Custom Precision Type Bass [building Content Inside]

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by J.Grim, Feb 2, 2019.

  1. J.Grim

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    I was asked to build a custom bass based on a Precision Bass, with some features not so comum on a P bass. So the requested spec were:

    - Body wood: Walnut (2 pieces Black Walnut - Juglans Nigra)
    - Neck wood: Maple, carbon reinforced (Matching Headstock)
    - Fretboard wood: Pau Ferro
    - Neck specs: 34" scale with 22 frets. String spacing 17.5mm - 9.5" radius
    - Frets: EVO Gold (Small)
    - Tuning Machines: Gotoh GB707 (Gold)
    - Bridge: Schaller 3D-5 (Gold)
    - Pickups: Nordstrand NP5v (Volume + Tone)
    - Finish: Tru Oil (Satin)

    This is the mockup os what is supposed to look like: Precisionbass_Mockup - cópia.JPG

    Now the Building process:
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    Some more body pics!

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    Awesome! You know by now I love threads like this. Did you discuss with your customer the possibility of a reverse P, or are they very specific about it?
     
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    Subscribed!
     
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    Lovely!
     
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    Ahahah, me too!! ;)
    Well, I actually did, but on that matter he wants it as "Classic" as possible, Nordstrand P vintage, not reversed and with the 60's position.
     
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    If the bass were a four string maaaaybe I would begin to understand this. The top coil, esp. with 60s position, will make the low B extra boomy and mud. Get me into contact with your customer I will change their mind and save the bass while there's still time, hahaha.
     
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    Well, not necessarily... It is actually how a P bass is supposed to sound. I've tried a few 5 strings with that configuration, between Sads, Sandberg, Fender Dlx and Sire P7, there are several that use the same config or similar and they sound good. Don't get me wrong, I really prefer the sound of a reversed P, and always with a Jazz on the bridge! But I'm not a Precision guy myself.
    The client already have a 5er P bass and he's happy with that sound, so... It's not for me to decide ;)
     
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    In reality I'm a little ahead on the building process but I'm posting the process till then.
    At the moment I'm doing the fretboard radius.
     
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    A P is never muddy. It is its main feat.
     
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    Now I'm up to date! ;)
     
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    The 9.5" radius is done.
    Next I'm carving the back of the neck and do the fret slots.
     
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    Looking good! I wanted to ask, do you level/radius the neck with the truss rod completely loose? Also, do you sand a bit of relief into the fingerboard while leveling?
     
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    In this case, I'm doing if from scratch before the neck is carved so I radius the fretboard as flat as possible without any or just a little truss rod stress. I've seen people doing it in different ways, but personally I do it like this and it never failed me.
    When you are doing a fretboard reset/re-radius on a existing bass or fret dressing, there's another story.. Usually you have to adjust the truss rod.
    In a finished bass, even if the neck relief is perfect with the TR on "loose position", I like to give it a tweek, just enough so it doesn't rattle or cause any strange noises on the neck
     
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    Fret Slotting in progress.
    I have precise templates with the spacings but even so I like to double (or triple) check before doing the cuts!
     
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    frets = middle, nut = edge. *wink*
    Looks great!
     
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    That's a dream of mine, a 5er P-bass. A nice one.
     
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    All the fret slots are done, now I'll be carving the neck.
     
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    Awesome. Another question for you: If you had to deal with a fret slot cut at a slightly wrong position, how would you go about it? I 'm sure it's inconceivable for you seeing a wrongly placed slot since you measure two and three times. :) I'm almost certain you will say "get a new fretboard and cut it right".
     
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