May 5th, 2012, 04:40 PM
Well, I was thinking it was a monstrously good deal until I got home and realized that the truss rod was maxed out and there was a reason the seller was playing downtuned B-E-A-D. :-(
What I got was a salvageable body, bridge and hardware from an early 80's "Memphis" brand bass. What I had to add was a new neck (Mighty Mite to the rescue) and while the original tuners were decent, I just prefer the open gear, elephant ear style, so picked up a set from StewMac.
Here she is - "Memphis". For a sub $200. bass, she was a fun project and I think she can more than hold her own against others in her class.
May 5th, 2012, 05:04 PM
Looks absolutely great! A player at $200. Can`t beat that. Take care. Bob
May 5th, 2012, 05:18 PM
Not bad, but on the forearm cut it has a bit too much black or something
May 5th, 2012, 05:18 PM
May 5th, 2012, 05:22 PM
Congrats! Nice bass!
May 6th, 2012, 06:29 AM
I'd be more appreciative If it weren't for the color combination I dislike the most: sunburst + tortoise shell + rosewood (I know, I know, classic; but I don't like it). I'd use black picguard and maple fingerboard. But that's me, don't worry :wink:
Oh, and the dark part in the forearm contour area makes it a bit more 'sufferable' for me :razz:
May 6th, 2012, 08:02 AM
May 6th, 2012, 08:23 AM
way to go! Looks great!
How does it sound?
May 6th, 2012, 08:28 AM
You probably turned that from a decent bass to a really good bass, so even thought it cost you more than you thought, you got a better bass in the end.
May 6th, 2012, 08:49 AM
What did you do with the old neck?
I have saved these cheap necks by removing the f/board, installing a LMI truss rod, and routing in two strips of carbon fiber next to that. Did that to my Squier 7-8 years ago and it's stayed absolutely dead straight ever since.
I'm interested in the original neck if you don't have a use for it.
May 6th, 2012, 08:59 AM
Muttcaster - PM me. I have the neck, original 9/16" tuners and a Tusq nut blank I would love to move out for cheap.
I think the dark forearm was part of an answer to a lawsuit. Memphis changed the headstock and the later basses sported modified paintjobs to differentiate themselves from Fender. It doesn't bother me so much as either my arm is covering it or can't be seen when playing the bass behind my head. :cool:
I haven't played through a big rig yet to make a fair statement about how she sounds. Through a practice amp she sounds much like the 62 RI Precision pickups I had in another bass.
May 6th, 2012, 11:23 PM