Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 23:57:26 PM. . By Phoenix Girard.
Pushing down too hard, especially with lower grit paper, will destroy the sultry curves of your bass. The idea is to make everything uniform especially for the feel and texture of the wood. Sanding allows the stain or finish to penetrate the wood in the most even way possible! Once your body is sanded a good wipe down with either a tack cloth or a damp rag will remove all excess debris and prepare the body for the next step. I really enjoy this step of the process simply because you can make your instrument look anyway you like. There are many options available to you in the are of stains and paints. For this bass I used a simple MinWax Water Based Stain in Fruit Punch. Out of all the stains I've used water based allows for the easiest application and clean up, not to mention its environmentally friendly.
There are some important things here to note. First, the pickups are actually out of phase. When both pickups on a Jazz bass are turn up full on, the pickups cancel out any hum that may be in the area. If you use one coil only, it will be in single coil mode, and you can pick up hum. If you like the sound of only one coil, and hate the hum, try using a split coil Jazz Bass pickup, and wire them in hum-bucking mode. Dimarzio make these, and they are a very good sounding pickup. I have used them on previous Jazz Basses, and they work well. I especially like the adjustable magnetic pole pieces, which are easily adjusted with an Allen screw driver. Secondly, the control knobs shown (above) are wired in the Jaco Pastorious prefered fashion: Volume, Volume, Tone. The standard method is to have: Volume, Pan, and Tone.
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