Reshape/Rebuy/Ignore a P-Bass body?

alex1fly

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I'm thinking through my bass stable (I have 4) and something has come to light - I just really don't like the body size of my MIM Precision Bass (2018). It feels huge, bulky, and there's too much wood where my plucking arm comes across the body so I end up with a weird angle on my wrist that's pretty uncomfortable. I didn't notice this until recently, because when I got the Precision I was in an active gigging band so was always standing to play and paying attention to the band; now I'm sitting to practice and record, and the poor ergonomics mean have been giving me trouble for several months now. I'm a small guy and for reference my other basses (Jazz, short scale Bronco, P clone with a Dinky-style body) simply feel amazing standing and sitting, no issues.

So here's my thinking.
#1 Swap a new body onto it. Fender is great for swapping, right? But I don't know which bodies would allow for a P pickup and have better cutaways/contouring... do y'all know?
#2 Shape the P body. I do think that if I could simply start shaving down the wood where my forearm comes across the body, then I could make it more comfortable. Would destroy any resale value in the event that it didn't work out. Also the poly finish is wayyyyy hard.
#3 Buy a new bass. Very time consuming - I take a long time to research, audition instruments, and make decisions (don't have a ton of space or money or time, lol).
#4 Do nothing because it's not a huge deal, I have 3 other basses that are super comfortable, and maybe my body will find it more comfortable again someday.

Any thoughts?
 

marshman

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Well, to me, it doesn't sound as if you've formed any really strong bond to this particular guitar, so my suggestion would be to just ignore it, use your other instruments while you keep your eyes peeled for something to replace it. It's resale value will remain highest if it's unmodified, and as you noted, trying to reshape a body that's encased in poly will be problematic. It doesn't sound like you're on a deadline, so no need to rush anything.
 

erratick

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Would probably not mod. I'd probably be looking for a trade/swap.

somebody on talkbass wants a p bass right now (didn't really look, it just always seems like it).
 

hopdybob

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if it does not work for you, find something new.
modding is an option but the chance is small it will solve the problem i think.
 




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