This is a way cool bass. How many of you ever build or saw a real hot rod? I’m talking a swap meet, parts bin hot rod. Good parts, great assembly, pure function… That’s what this bass is – you either understand it or you don’t. We bought this as a project and then made it great. She plays really really well and sounds really really good. This I’ll guarantee. If I miss something minor, no hatred as some eagle eye’d folks just love making a point. Here’s what we have.
The hardware – Tuners, bridge, knobs, guard – all from a Fender USA bass
The electronics – Pickups look to be SD Quarter Pounders. The harness is a pro-built unit with the good stuff. Looks very similar to a custom Hoagland premium harness (I Think it’s one of theirs)
The body – Due to the pickup placement and the drill thru ground wire under the guard (not an oval pool route), this is telling me the body is 1968 to late 1970 BUT could be a 71 or a 72. Under the pickups on the treble side is a small notch to accommodate the wires. The finish is pure rat rod, I love it. The flames were not applied on top of the black but sunbursted underneath and then masked then the black was applied. NO DOUBT this was done by a hotrod shop. This is old skool. There is no clear on the finish so it has the traditional raw finish. If I had a steady hand (none of do for this) I would have outlined the flames with pinstriping.
The neck – No doubt a 72 Pbass neck as it has the build code clear as day. The logo was sanded where it said Precision Bass. We did an old school flake lacquer fill and matched it really well. The back of the neck was ‘furry’ when we got it. We again used potted lacquer and did some tinting to blend in some schmutz that we couldn’t get out. The neck feels ‘sleek’ as my friends Chad and Evan used to say. The fret job was done before we got the bass. What is looks like was an old owner tried to do a fret job (no way any luther would have done this) and pulled some frets leaving a few chatter marks. You can see em but really wont affect playing at all. The frets were professionally applied THEN we dressed em. The bass plays great. We again tinted lacquer flakes and shot the board. It came out really good. This is a good neck and has the right look and patina for the rest of the bass.
This plays and sounds great. Looks awesome and was cleaned up right. All we need is that 31 Model A.. Hey Tim, can you build us one?!?
All prices are in USD.