A bass for my dad

Hodgo

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I decided to put together a project for my pops. He is a blues bass player and a big fan of Tommy Shannon and Double Trouble amongst many others. He also grew up on Sly Stone and Grand Funk, and definitely prefers the P-Bass sound.

The basis of this build will be a short-scale P style bass body I snagged from the Screaming Deals. It’s got a P/J pickup rout and a rear cavity rout, so the options are pretty open for how we skin the electronics cat. The best part? The body was listed at 3.75lbs - this is going to be a very light and easy to play bass.

To finish it out, I added a gloss Vintage White paint option and a 30” scale SSB Warhead neck to the cart, along with a set of the Schaller Lite bass tuners. I’m hoping all said and done this bass checks in somewhere between 6.5-7.5lbs.

Pickups are coming from Arcane, a 60’ Experience J bridge and a ‘65 Precision. These are supposedly replicas of the same era pickups found in the J and P basses played by Mr. Tommy Shannon, and seem well liked over on the bass forums.

Likewise I am going to use a Fender Vintage bridge, a Tort guard, and some Jazz bass knobs to round out the build.
 
Sounds good. I miss my dad. We just buried him at Arlington last Thursday. Sometimes I find myself saying , I gotta tell him about something, but then I realize I can't.

I hope you get a chance to play with your dad, making music makes us the most human
 
Sounds good. I miss my dad. We just buried him at Arlington last Thursday. Sometimes I find myself saying , I gotta tell him about something, but then I realize I can't.

I hope you get a chance to play with your dad, making music makes us the most human
I am sorry for your loss.
 
Sounds good. I miss my dad. We just buried him at Arlington last Thursday. Sometimes I find myself saying , I gotta tell him about something, but then I realize I can't.

I hope you get a chance to play with your dad, making music makes us the most human

My most heartfelt condolences, Rick.
 
Sounds good. I miss my dad. We just buried him at Arlington last Thursday. Sometimes I find myself saying , I gotta tell him about something, but then I realize I can't.

I hope you get a chance to play with your dad, making music makes us the most human
Prayers out for you and your Dad. You will see him again. Hoping the good memories get you past this difficult time.
 
Sounds good. I miss my dad. We just buried him at Arlington last Thursday. Sometimes I find myself saying , I gotta tell him about something, but then I realize I can't.

I hope you get a chance to play with your dad, making music makes us the most human

I know exactly what you mean and I feel for you, brother.

My dad unexpectedly passed over 2 years ago. I spent most of a day writing his eulogy and, after I was done, I turned on the TV to relax. About 30 minutes later I saw something and had a knee jerk reaction thought, "Oh! I gotta tell Dad about this!" That was the first moment it became real for me even though I spent the whole day writing a eulogy. It's funny how our brains work sometimes.

I still find myself doing that from time to time.

I do my best to talk about him as much as possible, especially with the kids, which has helped me. I don't know what you're situation was with your dad, but it's also helped me to tell myself, "My dad raised me to be able to carry on and not to be reliant on him. Now's my chance to prove that he did an awesome job." Of course, there's a period of mourning in there which needs to happen first to be healthy about it.

To the OP, I don't know really anything about the bass, but I think what you're doing for your dad is awesome and I know he's going to love and cherish whatever you build because it's a thoughtful and creative thing from you.
 
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