Utility Vs Authenticity

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Utility Vs Authenticity

Postby ampig » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:46 am

There's a good possibilty that I may be working with an electric band again soon and I want to use my all original 68 Tele on gigs. The tone pot is scratchy and a touch intermittent. I'm considering pulling out the pickup, control plate assemby and jack and replacing them with aftermarket parts. Don't yell at me, but I'm thinking I might get a better sound with new clean electronics and a modern pickup. There will be no routing and the entire control assembly will be securely stored with a dessicant pack.

Bad idea?
Good idea? (if so any suggestions on a source for an aftermarket Tele pickup?)
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Re: Utility Vs Authenticity

Postby Mike Childree » Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:14 pm

You own the bass, Howard. You get to decide what happens to it, not the vintage nazis. What you plan to do sounds like the right idea. That way, I you plan to sell it later, you can put the original stuff back in easily. As a player, it's worthless if the old electronics are compromising the usefulness.
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Re: Utility Vs Authenticity

Postby GonzoBass » Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:41 pm

I'd agree with Mike.

As long as it's reversable to restore it's vintage value if/when you ever plan on selling it,
what's the harm?
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Personally, I'd be more worried about taking a bass like that out regularly
just purely for fear of loss or damage.
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Re: Utility Vs Authenticity

Postby ampig » Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:59 pm

"Personally, I'd be more worried about taking a bass like that out regularly
just purely for fear of loss or damage"

I said all original but not immaculate. This was a Nashville studio bass for years and was then forgotten and left in the back of an abandoned tour bus in an overgrown field. Theirs tons of mojo, scars and wear on her. As far as damage goes, I probably wouldn't even notice. Theft is another story though. She's super light and plays great. I lover her despite her outward appearance.
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Re: Utility Vs Authenticity

Postby Kevin Probass Borden » Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:29 pm

Scratchy pots are an easy easy fix - I wouldnt change the assembly because of a pot.

Heres my questions and comments
* If you undo the solder joint cleanly and save the stuff - Youre ok.. The deval would be minimal if any in reality - Love from your vintage nazi!
* Honestly, changing the pup will not change the personality of the bass. I honestly dont think putting in a Duncan or ??? will improve you that much.

My advise - Clean the pot, change the pup (not the harness). If it delivers - great! IF not, maybe you have the wrong bass...
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Re: Utility Vs Authenticity

Postby ghiadub » Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:06 pm

As long as it's 100% reversible, it's 100% pervertable.

I think those Lindys are great sounding if you end up going to with a replacement PU. I had one in a Lull '51 that was nice and fat sounding.

Brad might need to confirm, but I think it was a 5% overwind?

I have heard great things about the lollars as well.

I would NOT go with Curtis Novak, a few folks around here have had some bad experiences.
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Re: Utility Vs Authenticity

Postby aussiemark » Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:20 pm

I was worried about gigging my all original '66 P bass - mainly because some of the pubs I play at are shifty joints. I solved that by selling the Fender, and buying 2 x Nash P basses, an engagement ring, and a new refrigerator with the resulting funds. The Nashes (with Lollar pups) play and sound just as nice as the vintage Fender did.
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Re: Utility Vs Authenticity

Postby Mike Childree » Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:00 pm

Kevin Probass Borden wrote: Love from your vintage nazi!
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Re: Utility Vs Authenticity

Postby basswinn » Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:56 am

That's exactly like my first bass which was lost in a repair shop fire. I'm envious !!
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Re: Utility Vs Authenticity

Postby hoytbasses » Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:32 pm

fix it, play it and if you decide to sell it, put the old stuff back in. That's a road-dog bass and a great player by your account... so i agree with everyone else; definitely play it. It's mojo comes from being played hard and put away wet.... so that's what you should do IMO.

back to getting into 'hunker down' mode for the big storm coming .....

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Re: Utility Vs Authenticity

Postby kennans » Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:08 am

Play it! Play it a lot! It will keep getting better and better!

Replace the parts. I've had "vintage" pots just disintegrate on gigs, from Fenders of that very era.

Get a Lindy 10% overwound. Mac Cridlin has that in his Rick Kelly Tele-style, and it sounded great. Much more responsive than typical SCP's.

PLAY IT!
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Re: Utility Vs Authenticity

Postby Kevin Probass Borden » Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:48 pm

All in good fun..... lol...
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Re: Utility Vs Authenticity

Postby felig » Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:53 pm

First things first--- turn that bridge cover thing around.
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Re: Utility Vs Authenticity

Postby steveonbass » Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:59 am

If I cant gig a bass - it's worthless. I've sold all my "collectible" and "minty" vintage basses. Wall hangers. My basses are all vintage but they wont lose value if i gig them - Just gain value to me. If the parts work, clean 'em out and use it - otherwise, if the parts will keep you from playing it, Replace them carefully. Just get that sweet bass to do what it was intended to do. My opinion.
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Re: Utility Vs Authenticity

Postby pbassplayer » Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:57 am

i had a tele bass,played good but i was never that crazy about the tone,but using a sansamp bd-di helped..i now have a butterscotch squire vintage vibe 50's bass (like a tele) hopped it up a little and it's fine,plays like butter and w/ the 4 pc bridge the set up/intonation is great

clean the pots w/ deoxit...if you decide to change i always liked duncan p/u's.you can also get a pre wired assembly from someone on site here and put the orig one away..
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