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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-17-2006, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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Question Veneer vs action?

I was given a beat up asian fender j-bass knock-off. as i have to watch the cash & can't a fford a working bass right now, i decided i'd fix this one up.

the pick-ups in it were actually rusty & corroded, the wiring was all badly soldered & it was just a mess. i've stripped it down & sanded the body.

here is the problem: i'm going to install some slightly used Squire pick-ups (got a pair for $25) but sometime in the past someone has routed out the bridge pick-up for a humbucker.

(btw, here is a pic as it looked when i got it, can anyone id the pickups or even the manufacturer? it has no i.d. except 2 bits of japaneese writing )

so i need to fill the bridge hole so the squire pick-up fits cleanly. i was thinking to either veneer a new maple top, (but would that raise the bridge up enough to make it unajustable?)


fit the bridge hole with a maple "cover" (rout down the thickness of the new maple cover, glue it in & fill the seam around it, leaving the cavity for the pick-up)

the frets are low, but that is a project for later.
i've already replaced the broken plastic nut with a bone one.

if i veneer will i have action problems? (but it'll look cleaner, & i could stain & sunburst)

or if i fill, then i'll HAVE to paint it...

this is my first stringed instument, it's just a learner, but i'd like it to look decent (i'll settle for ppl not laughing.. )
and play acceptably. i'll get a fine Bass when i can afford it.

i've been long winded, but thanks!

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-17-2006, 08:18 PM
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Re: Veneer vs action?

If you want a transparent finish, I think the veneer idea is a good one. I can't see any reason the veneer would cause any problems with the bridge or action. The veneer is way too thin for that. And you could always compensate later when you do the frets if necessary. If you want to paint it a solid color, you could just fill it -- but that doesn't sound like what you want.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-17-2006, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Veneer vs action?

pardon the following stupid question (i'm very much a newbie) the j-bass pickups look like they mount differently that the humbuckers that are in there, how are they mounted/adjusted for hight?
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-17-2006, 08:56 PM
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Re: Veneer vs action?

Looks like a very very old Ibanez or Aria Jazz Bass knockoff - there is a reasonable chance that the pickups are original, but will most likely be diabolically poor - as it is a bolt - on neck, you can shim the neck to compensate for a veneer top, however I suspect you are going to more trouble than the Bass warrants (see if you can find any pics of EVH's original Frankenstrat/s - very rough indeed!) - some of these early Jap basses have a plywood body, which is never going to result in stellar tone.

Whichever route you choose, good luck with the project - it's always fun tinkering with instruments.


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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-17-2006, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Veneer vs action?

Duhh, i forgot to mention, it's been poorly spray painted?
it looked like a 3 color bust as it was comming off..could have been, no binding, and a reddish top.

I don't think i ever expected that it'd sound great, that'll be my next Bass, but it'll be enough to get me started. who knows, perhaps it'll sound bad enough that my wife wil pity me & replace it, lol

i might name it 'little bastard' lol

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