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Old December 22nd, 2012, 09:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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NBD, Long Necker Bass

I've been wanting an Electra Model 2271 Long
Necker bass for a while. One finally came up on
CL for $150. It had a back bow in the neck and
the bridge pickup is dead. I've fixed the neck
and noodleing the pickup. It's a 1972 model.

Awesome Jazz bass though. I have bridge
and pickup chrome covers on order,







Three piece maple neck,





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Old December 24th, 2012, 11:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can't say I'm a fan of the colour, but the rest of it looks pretty bloody good.
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Old December 24th, 2012, 11:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old December 25th, 2012, 12:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I like it! Are those humbuckers, or single coils in large housings?
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Old December 25th, 2012, 07:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Will a bridge cover fit with that wide pickup ring?
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Old December 26th, 2012, 08:47 AM   #6 (permalink)
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That is one nice-looking bass. Don't ruin it with covers!
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Old January 31st, 2013, 02:37 AM   #7 (permalink)
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That looks familiar:


I have a Hondo II bass with those pickups on it. Before the wiring totally died, they sounded great. The pups (if they're the same as mine, they look the same anyway) are really a single coil inside a humbucker sized can.

I'm trying to wire mine back up and since there's 3 wires coming out of them, I haven't quite gotten them right yet. Good luck!

Oh yeah, my other MIJ:

Same 3-piece neck as yours, but J-style pups. Same type of inlay on headstock ('cept mine says "Carlo Robelli") That's some BEAUTIFUL flame on yours, though.
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Old January 31st, 2013, 06:45 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm trying to wire mine back up and since there's 3 wires coming out of them, I haven't quite gotten them right yet. Good luck!
In terms of wiring, one wire will probably be for some sort of brass grounding plate that sits below the pickup coil.
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Old January 31st, 2013, 11:26 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I like it! Are those humbuckers, or single coils in large housings?
Hay Egg Man,

Those are single coils in a large housing.
They are pretty hot and nice sounding.

The bridge pickup was not working.... I
tried to fix it, but after finding 3 breaks,
I got tired of chasing that tiny wire
around,





I bought a Bass Lines SSB-4b for it,





The Bass Lines has a cleaner sound and is
a nice match. The Bass Lines is nice enough
that it sounds good all by itself. So does the
stock neck pickup. I've put some DAddarieo
Chromes on it and it is awesome.

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Old January 31st, 2013, 11:27 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Will a bridge cover fit with that wide pickup ring?
You bet. Here it is with my Westone Electra
model X640N,



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Old January 31st, 2013, 11:32 AM   #11 (permalink)
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That is one nice-looking bass. Don't ruin it with covers!
Don't worry PS, I'll take them off so I can play it.
I just got covers because that's how it came stock,

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That looks familiar:

I have a Hondo II bass with those pickups on it. Before the wiring totally died, they sounded great. The pups (if they're the same as mine, they look the same anyway) are really a single coil inside a humbucker sized can.

I'm trying to wire mine back up and since there's 3 wires coming out of them, I haven't quite gotten them right yet. Good luck!

Oh yeah, my other MIJ:

Same 3-piece neck as yours, but J-style pups. Same type of inlay on headstock ('cept mine says "Carlo Robelli") That's some BEAUTIFUL flame on yours, though.
Hay Dan,

That's some BEAUTIFUL flame on yours

Thanks man.

As you can see in the above post, they do look the same.

I believe the white wire is hot and the other two are ground.
(if memory serves me right) Good luck on your's too.

Hay, thanks for sharing dude, I just love old Japanese guitars.
My first bass was a Westone Electra X640N. My all time favorite.

Here's both mine,



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Old January 31st, 2013, 10:57 PM   #13 (permalink)
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That Westone is pretty cool, I wish I had paid more attention to them when they were new. Thanks for the wiring advice, I can't wait to get mine back together. I really liked how mine sounded for fuzz-tone type stuff, but yeah the Basslines will definitely be "cleaner" sounding. But if you want raunchy dirty fuzz those chrome pups can't be beat.


I dig these old MIJ basses. Sure a new CV Squier is better built, but these just have so much more CHARACTER. Is your ELectra wood, or plywood? My Hondo is all ash (but about 17 pieces) and my Carlo is made like a pancake style LP. THe Univox I used to have was full-on plywood though. They all sounded great though, the Global (the pic w/all the stickers) I really wish I kept the pups out of it because the "real" Fender I replaced it with didn't sound anywhere near as nice.
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That Westone is pretty cool, I wish I had paid more attention to them when they were new. Thanks for the wiring advice, I can't wait to get mine back together. I really liked how mine sounded for fuzz-tone type stuff, but yeah the Basslines will definitely be "cleaner" sounding. But if you want raunchy dirty fuzz those chrome pups can't be beat.

I dig these old MIJ basses. Sure a new CV Squier is better built, but these just have so much more CHARACTER. Is your ELectra wood, or plywood? My Hondo is all ash (but about 17 pieces) and my Carlo is made like a pancake style LP. THe Univox I used to have was full-on plywood though. They all sounded great though, the Global (the pic w/all the stickers) I really wish I kept the pups out of it because the "real" Fender I replaced it with didn't sound anywhere near as nice.
Hay Dan,

When they came out, they weren't cheap. Mountain
and Peter Frampton played Electras. I paid $420 for
mine, new. I could have bought a used Fender P bass
for that. The P bass would be worth a couple of
thousand now and my Westone Electra is worth no
more than a couple of hundred. They are a far better
deal now, if you can find them.

Those Japanese builders made good sounding basses
from the early 1970's to the mid 1980's... I love the
sound of these chrome pups.

My Electra has an ash body and I can see no seams
in it. I'm sure it's not ply because I had to use a chisel
to widen the pickup cavity to install the Bass Lines.

My Westone Electra is a 3 piece solid ash body.

I have one other Japanese bass, but it is a 1960's wall
hanger with a badly warped mahogany base ball bat neck.
It has a mahogany body and it is a Kingston/Teisco,









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Old February 1st, 2013, 04:21 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Cool Teisco, thanks for sharing it. You see one P-bass, you've seen 'em all but all these MIJ'S are just different enough to be interesting!
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my electra 2271`is the exact same, great bass, thanks for sharing
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