Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Fender Japan Left-Handed Precision Bass

Overview
When this vintage white left-handed P-Bass came in for a setup, shielding, and change of pickups, it had already been modified. These mods included Japanese 250K volume and tone pots, a chrome Leo Quan Badass Bass II bridge, and Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound™ for P-Bass® SPB-3 passive pickups. Now, let's take a closer look at this bass. The neck is by Fender Japan, was manufactured between 2004 - 2005 at the Fuji-gen Plant, and feature-wise, is similar to a PB57/LH. The pickguard is probably non-stock, as it's not single-ply as one would expect, but 3-ply Black-White-Black (see pics below).

References
Quarter Pound™ for P-Bass® SPB-3
Steve Harris Signature P-Bass® SPB-4
Chrome Leo Quan Badass Bass II Bridge
Fender Japan Official Site - PB57/LH
Japanese Instruments Product Dating | Fender Support | Fender®
The Guitar Dater Project - Fender Serial Number Decoder


First Look




"Crafted In Japan"

Front of headstock.

Back of headstock. Note the period-correct strap button.

Chrome Leo Quan Badass Bass II Bridge

Seymor Duncan Quarter Pound™ for P-Bass® SPB-3 Pickups


Seymour Duncan Steve Harris Signature P-Bass® SPB-4 Passive Pickups
Here's the new set of pickups that will be replacing the SPB-3s.



Copper Foil Shielding



Getting the Job Done



Control cavity wiring.

Underside of the SPB-3 Pickups.

Stock brass shielding base plate. This will be removed as the SPB-4s already have copper foil shielding.

A closer look at the Badass Bass II Bridge

Underside of the Badass Bass II Bridge

Body cavity and pickguard shielding completed.

SPB-4's installed and rewiring completed.

Good to go.


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