ALL of my basses have a 100% nitrocellulose lacquer finish for the neck and body. The finishes are thin, just like the originals to allow the wood to resonate. Colors available are any color that Fender offered in the 50's- early 70's. (i.e. 2 or 3 Tone Sunburst, Vintage White, Vintage Blonde,Sonic Blue, Foam Green, Lake Placid Blue, Ice Blue, Shoreline Gold, Black, Inca Silver, Charcoal Frost, Fiesta Red, Dakota Red, Ocean Turquiose, Olympic White, Candy Apple Red, Burgundy Mist, Surf Green, Mary Kaye Transparent Blonde and Natural)
All of my basses are built with Genuine Fender USA vintage reissue hardware and Fender Licensed components
Necks are hand shaped to true vintage profiles with rolled edges. Finish can be either clear or vintage amber tint, in gloss or satin (your choice).
All 50's bodies are 100% nitro. All early '60s thru late 60's are sealed with Fullerplast, which is the exact same sealer that Fender used in the early 60's-70's and then shot with nitro. 70's style are usually poly unless otherwise specified. Includes your choice of finish color, one-piece maple neck, or maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, your choice of Fender Reissue or Seymour Duncan vintage pickup(s), with all genuine Fender AV RI hardware, chrome pickup and bridge covers, tug bar, CTS pots w/NOS Fender Cornell-Dubilier capacitor, Switchcraft jack, and Deluxe SKB padded gig bag.
Single Coil early 50's P Bass: $2799 (slab body)
Single Coil mid 50's P Bass: $2899 (contoured body)
Late 50's-early 70's P Bass: $2799 (split pickup) (w/clay dots late 50's-early 60's, or pearloid dots
J Bass (early 60's): $2899 (clay dot neck) (w/vintage reverse tuning keys
J Bass ('65/'66) $3299.00 (w/pearloid dot/bound fingerboard w/ custom oval 'lollipop' tuning keys)
J Bass (late 60's/early 70's) $3099.00 (w/block and bound fingerboard w/ custom oval 'lollipop' tuning keys)
matching headstock: + $150
block & bound neck + $250
Tortoise pickguard + $75:
Parchment Pickguard + $65
Mint Pickguard + $65
Gold Anodized P bass pickguard: + $70 Note: Not available in left handed
OEM J Bass stack knob config.
Balance control (J bass)
Relic (age finish and metal parts)
Resolite Tuning keys (reverse wind) +120
Superlight body (swamp ash or alder) +150
I strongly recommend Seymour Duncan or Fender vintage reissues if you want an authentic vintage tone (standard in my basses). I can, however install any brand of pickup that you prefer , i.e Nordstrand, Fralin, Delano, DiMarzio, Bartolini, EMG etc.,(at an additional fee).
PJ route: w/ jb pickup +150
Left handed add 15% to your total
I use lightweight swamp ash or alder for my bodies (just like the originals) and my basses generally weigh from 7 1/2 to 9 lbs. depending on the model and type of wood used. I DO NOT BUILD HEAVY BASSES!
On the tortoise-shell pickguards, I use Fender's reissue 4-ply celluloid guard, however I find them to be too brown, so I tint them to a much more authentic vintage reddish color with a special dye that etches into the material. It is then repolished to a high gloss.
New pickup covers from Fender and Seymour Duncan have a high gloss finish. The original pickups had an almost completely flat finish, so I give mine a dull finish as well.
The tug bar also undergoes a rounding dulling/re-polish treatment to yield an authentic vintage appearance.
All basses are completely set up with absolutely straight necks, the frets milled under tension with very low action (at the bridge and nut), the pickups adjusted for optimum tone and output, the frets recrowned and polished, and the intonation set on a Peterson V-SAM strobe tuner. Standard strings are D'addario ProSteels stainless rounds (.045-.105) but I can install the strings of your choice. I personally have been using Thomastik Jazz Flats, Daddario Chromes and the new Fender 9050L flatwounds on most of my own basses.
Builds generally take me 20-24 weeks to complete. (Dot/Bound J basses take approx 24 weeks.)
Note: I can also make any vintage Fender style bass built to a famous player's color, specs and modifications. Just contact me directly via email for a quote.
I do not make 5 or 6 string basses