Monday, July 28, 2014

2007 Left-Handed American Standard Precision Bass

This blog entry features a left-handed black 2007 American Standard Precision Bass that came in for a string change (DR Dragon Skin) and setup. Besides this, the owner also requested that the stock Custom Shop '60s Split Single-Coil Precision Bass pickup be replaced with a Seymour Duncan SPB-4 Steve Harris. Features that caught my eye were the ultra-smooth and precise Fender "F" Light-Weight Vintage-Paddle Keys with Tapered Shafts (tuning machines), the 4-Saddle High-Mass Vintage String-Through-Body Bridge (adjustable string spacing), and solid shaft CTS pots. On the other hand, I was rather disapppointed to see that the 0.05uF tone cap was ceramic.

Full front and rear view.

Headstock front and back. Note the "Light-Weight Vintage-Paddle Keys."

4-bolt neck plate, and string ferrules for string-through-body stringing.

Closer view of the "4-Saddle High-Mass Vintage String-Through-Body" bridge. Note that the saddles for the G and D strings have 4 grooves, and those for the A and E, three. This feature enables adjustable string spacing.

Clockwise from top left: pickguard sticker, volume control knob removed to reveal solid pot shaft, truss rod adjustment hex nut at neck heel, and pickguard assembly date sticker.

Underside of pickguard shielded with aluminium foil, and control cavity with shielding paint. Note ground lug to the left of the barcode sticker.

Closer view of the electronics.

Good to go.

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