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TRGuitar
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My son's birthday is in 10 days. He is a big boy, gonna be 24, still living at home working and going to college. My wife and I decided to do something nice for his birthday. This just came today.

Not expensive, an SX from Rondo Music, but very nice. He does not own a P bass and wanted a deluxe one with a P J pickup configuration.

Real nice feature here .... if your the one adjusting the things. (He has learned how to do this though)

And the head stock ...

And last the back ..

Plays amazing well for $119! :shock: He will mod it of course with a pickup upgrade (hotter P pickup) big block milled bridge and upgraded tuners as well as probably new pots and jack.

"Work hard, rock hard, eat hard, sleep hard,
grow big, wear glasses if you need 'em."
-- The Webb Wilder Credo --

 
Posted : 16/02/2011 7:38 pm
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Well, he tried it out last night. It sounds great. It plays great. The verdict? Pickups are hot and they stay. Tuners are weak and must go along with the bridge. He is thinking black hardware. Maybe some black knobs along with an electronics upgrade but the pots don't seem bad.

"Work hard, rock hard, eat hard, sleep hard,
grow big, wear glasses if you need 'em."
-- The Webb Wilder Credo --

 
Posted : 17/02/2011 10:54 am
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Cool.

Wish him a happy birthday from your drummer friend. :mrgreen:

Bish

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Posted : 17/02/2011 1:42 pm
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Very nice! Wish him a happy birthday from a fellow low-ender. I had the exact same model for a little while, but ended up trading the body and neck separately to get the parts to build my fretless. My son bought the same one except in candy apple red after graduation. I play it more than he does cause he only took his 5 string to college.

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Posted : 18/02/2011 10:45 am
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Happy birthday to the boy!

When I was his age, my dad sold my amp while I was away at college.

Your kid has a cooler deal.

Best,
Ande

 
Posted : 19/02/2011 11:58 pm
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He just ordered his customization stuff. The list is as follows:

Wilkenson Elephant Ear tuners ...... black

Milled big block replacement bridge .... black

black string tree

black knobs with abalone inlay

"Work hard, rock hard, eat hard, sleep hard,
grow big, wear glasses if you need 'em."
-- The Webb Wilder Credo --

 
Posted : 20/02/2011 6:15 am
TRGuitar
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Happy birthday to the boy!

When I was his age, my dad sold my amp while I was away at college.

Your kid has a cooler deal.

Best,
Ande
I traded my Fender Deluxe 112 amp to get him his first "big" bass amp a 100 watt Fender Rumble. Lightning strike blew it up and the insurance provided the current GK Brat Pack half stack he uses.

"Work hard, rock hard, eat hard, sleep hard,
grow big, wear glasses if you need 'em."
-- The Webb Wilder Credo --

 
Posted : 20/02/2011 6:22 am
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Congrats to TF, and kudos to TR for the thoughtful gift. 8) 8)

Roy
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Posted : 22/02/2011 12:30 am
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TR, that is a great-looking bass. Good call.

Just curious (and experiencing a bit of GAS) ... who makes that big-block bridge?

"You can't write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say sometimes, so you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream." - Frank Zappa

 
Posted : 22/02/2011 1:00 pm
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Not sure the manufacturer but it is at Guitar Fetish. http://www.guitarfetish.com/Bass-Guitar-Bridges_c_151.html

Oh! And an update. Got the bridge installed, black strap locks, black string tree, black knobs with abalone. Only problem was the elephant ear tuners don't fit the new smaller head stock. We put those on his fretless SX (old style Fender copy head stock) and ordered a black set of Gotoh tuners for it as well as a black jack plate.

"Work hard, rock hard, eat hard, sleep hard,
grow big, wear glasses if you need 'em."
-- The Webb Wilder Credo --

 
Posted : 25/02/2011 3:30 am
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Here is our progress ....... I did the bridge. Lines up and intonates perfectly of course. :mrgreen: The boy likes to make me feel good and tell me I'm the only tech he will let work on his instruments but ....... we did install the string tree and knobs ourself last night. Did a mighty fine job too I might add. Just waiting for the tuners and jack plate now.

Check out the abalone on those knobs!

"Work hard, rock hard, eat hard, sleep hard,
grow big, wear glasses if you need 'em."
-- The Webb Wilder Credo --

 
Posted : 25/02/2011 1:08 pm
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Looks great nice job, I'd let you work on mine too!

But I'd still make him take out the trash...HA

"It's all about stickin it to the man!"
It's a long way to the top if you want to rock n roll!

 
Posted : 25/02/2011 1:11 pm
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Looks sweet! I've been wanting some of those abalone knobs myself.

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Posted : 26/02/2011 12:22 am
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Thanks guys .... he is going to have himself a real nice bass. Like he needs another. :lol: The fretless we put the elephant ear tuners on did suffer some minor cracking in the finish when we pushed the ferrules into place on the top 2 holes but it hardly shows and is only finish deep so no structural damage. He will want a new bridge for that one too now ... the cycle continues. It is natural ash with a black pick guard and is a fretless jazz bass. The board is maple with white block inlays. I guess it's getting blacked out too. His modern tuners for the one in the pics above should be here Monday. They should drop right in as the holes are the correct size stated for these tuners. 11/16" I believe.

"Work hard, rock hard, eat hard, sleep hard,
grow big, wear glasses if you need 'em."
-- The Webb Wilder Credo --

 
Posted : 26/02/2011 1:21 am
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Cool! It looked really good to start with, and with all those mods, that is really going to rock! Yeah!

 
Posted : 27/02/2011 1:05 pm