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NBD, Teisco NB-4 Fretless SS

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by tabdog, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. tabdog

    tabdog Tele-Meister

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    I bought it last week,

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    Cleaned it up a little,

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    I put some Jazz bass pups in it and finished
    it with Tung Oil. I also removed the frets and
    made it fretless. It's 30" scale,

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    Sounds and plays pretty good now,

    Tabdog
     
  2. chippertheripper

    chippertheripper Friend of Leo's

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    I gotta be honest, I like it better in green.
    But it ain't mine so...

    What bridge cover is that? You straightened the string alignment at the bridge too right?
     
  3. tabdog

    tabdog Tele-Meister

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    No problem with string alignment?

    The bridge cover is a pickup cover for a
    Jazz bass. I just bent it up a little to make
    it fit. Had it on hand.

    The green was a poor paint job complete
    with runs and it had seen it's best days.
    I think it was bad taste.

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    It only cost me $50. I paid $20 for the
    pickups and that's all the $$$ I'm going
    to sink into it.

    The pickguard and headstock cover are
    metal along with the control panel. I
    just painted them.

    You may not like it, but in my opinion, it
    is a real nice $70 bass. It's my first Short
    Scale fretless and I'm having fun with it.

    So there,

    Tabdog
     
  4. oramac7891

    oramac7891 Friend of Leo's

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    Love the way it looks! Very nice work.
     
  5. younkint

    younkint Tele-Afflicted

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    Very cool! I like it. Nice touch of contrast with the cream-colored knobs/switches and the white pick guard. You don't really notice it until the refurb pix are shown.

    Especially considering you've only got $50 in it, it's a winner!




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  6. robert spencer

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    Looks good! I always prefere wood to paint. Thanks for sharing. Take cre. Bob
     
  7. ThreePlyGuy

    ThreePlyGuy Friend of Leo's

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    Bringing orphaned Basses back to life is always fun and yours seems no exception, well done. What's not to like?
     
  8. tabdog

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    Thanks Kint,

    It is nice to have real aged hardware.

    The pickguard is actually grey primer.
    The pickguard, control panel and head
    stock cover are all metal. I painted the
    HS cover black. I had primer on the
    pickguard and someone said it looked
    nice. So, I just put clear coat on it. I
    like it that way. Grey goes with
    anything.

    I actually have $70 invested in it. I
    found a Squier set of Jazz bass pups
    on Ebay for $20. The original pups
    were both toast.

    It sounds fairly good with the pups
    backed way off from the strings.
    Interesting growl.

    I find it easier than I thought to finger
    a short scale fretless bass.

    It's fun,

    Tabdog
     
  9. tabdog

    tabdog Tele-Meister

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    I have fun with inanimate objects, if they
    are basses/amps or guitars/amps.

    Nothing here not to like,

    Tabdog
     
  10. joeford

    joeford Friend of Leo's

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    i saw the original picture and loved it...
    then i saw you scraping the paint off and i cried...
    then i saw the finished product and all was right in the world.

    it was like watching a good movie. and i love the ending!
     
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