First Bass/First Act

Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by Michael7, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. Michael7

    Michael7 Squier-holic

    Should be able to post pics tomorrow of my latest score and first ever bass. Just want to have it around so one of my local buds and join in on some garage jams. Wanted something really cheap. Won't say too much now, but will get pics up when it is in hand.
  2. Michael7

    Michael7 Squier-holic

    Goal was a cheapie beater that I can fix up and mess with. Found it being sold 1:15 drive from here. I took a chance and called the seller to see if he could bring it closer to me. He agreed after I said I'd give him $10 gas money. He showed up late, but he showed up! Model is actually a ME-114. Neck has some flame that I could bring out by sanding and dyeing!

    This model is pretty rare. It is salvageable and will be perfect for my purposes. I stopped at GC to buy strings, but the cheapest set was $20, so I'll get them online.

    $25 all in, plus 35 mins driving each way.

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    Last edited: Sep 15, 2018
  3. RoyalWe

    RoyalWe Squier-holic

    Sep 5, 2012
    Eugene, Oregon
    Hey, for $25 not bad at all! I’ve heard pretty good things about the tone on the first act p basses actually, so you may have yourself something pretty killer when you’re done. Welcome to the world of bass strings, $20 general admission lol. My personal advice, put flatwounds on it. They’re costlier up front, but you’ll never need to change them again.
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  4. burke

    burke Squier-Meister

    Apr 26, 2014
    I really dig this model, when I get setup (divorce) ill eventually grab one when I can. Hows the neck, is it super chunky?
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  5. Michael7

    Michael7 Squier-holic

    The neck feels really big to me, but I'm a bass newb, so I can't really help. It did work fine when I plugged it in, even the pots did their thing.

    Already stripped it and started cleaning and refreshing. Now all the hardware is off and soaking in vinegar. Digging the flame and wear spots, but may go ahead and sand the back of the neck down and modify the head stock to prevent a crack at the tip from finding its way back to the adjacent tuner hole.

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  6. Michael7

    Michael7 Squier-holic

    Played this for the first time today after refreshing and some minor mods. Still need to do a neck and saddle setup, the action is too high. I'll find some YT videos to tell me what to shoot for. A lot of curve to the neck with string tension on.

    I tried dyeing the neck to highlight the flame, but this attempt was a total bust. Remind me to do a post on how NOT to dye a guitar neck! I sanded the neck back afterwards, but a lot of dye is still in the pores of the wood, and the scarfed-in head stock was a different piece of wood and took the dye totally differently. I ended up spraying with an amber tinted poly spray. It looks weird and dirty, but it feels very good.

    I reshaped the head stock to something I like better than the original one, but still gives a nod to the FA "pompadour" shape.

    Only had to buy an $18 set of tuners and a $10 set of MF strings. All in for about $65.

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