• Build your DREAM Rickenbacker Bass for less than $400

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    Here are the parts I used for this build:

    Mod bass kit:

    Bartolini neck pickup:

    Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Jazz bridge pickup:

    Hipshot Rickenbacker replacement bridge:

    mini toggle switches:

    Carbonfiber pickguard and truss cover provided courtesy of:

    To build this bass I started out with this mod bass kit from the fretwire.com, if you haven’t watched it, check out my full review of this kit. And if you decide to order a kit from the fretwire.com don’t forget to use coupon code GUNSNGTRS to save $10 on your order. Now I paid $185 for my kit, but you can get yours for $175 now that Sam hooked us up with that code.
    Okay let’s get started with this build.
    The very first thing I did to this kit was sand down the fret ends with some 320 grit sandpaper. If you recall from my review, those fret ends were really rough and cut up my hand pretty good when I was playing. While I was at it, knowing that I was going to replace the musicman style bridge, I filled all the holes left from it and sanded down the body. Then I leveled and crowned all the frets. I originally thought I might get away with just a fret touch up, but once I started marking all the uneven spaces I quickly realized that this neck just needed to be releveled and start over from square one. If you don’t know how to level and crown your fretboard, check out my video on how to make your own tools, in that video I not only show you how to make the tools necessary for the job, but also how to use them.
    For the stain I used Cabot’s tinted grey (replace with actual name). Now I had already glued the neck and body together, but I wanted to leave the back of the neck natural, so I taped it off really good before applying the stain. I actually like it all one color. Not learning my lesson with the tape, I decided to add some dimension by using a little Black rit dye to make it more of a grey burst effect. Luckily this time the tape did its job. . Then using a file I carefully scraped the stain and dye off of the binding for a good clean look. Last thing for the finish, I added my favorite top coat, tung oil. Lots of people recommend that I try different finishes...lots of people don’t know how awesome tung oil is...just sayin...

    Okay now it’s time to wire this thing up.
    Firstly, huge shoutout to Nikola of nikocarbonworks.com for sending me this awesome carbon fiber pickguard and truss rod cover. If you guys want a carbon fiber pickguard or truss rod cover, niko is your man. Tell him Dan from guns and guitars sent you, he’ll hook you up. For pickups I chose a bartolini rickenbacker replacement neck pickup, and for the bridge I used a Seymour Duncan quarter pound jazz pickup. I bought these pickups used on reverb for $150 total for both. I changed up the wiring too and hot rodded it a bit. I replaced the pickup selector switch with a blend/balance pot, mostly because this quarter pounder is way hotter than the bartolini, so this allows me more control to blend them together better. The other two knobs are a master volume and master tone. And These two switches...well you’ll just have to keep watching to see what they do. I guarantee it’s not what you expect. But total I spent about $15 on the pots and switches and output jack to upgrade the wiring.
    Lastly I mounted up the hardware. I kept the kit tuners because they were totally fine, but replaced the bridge. That musicman bridge was just too lame for this build. So again I looked on reverb and found a used hipshot ric replacement bridge for $45...

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