Fender CIJ TNB 110 Thinline - very belated NBD

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Fender CIJ TNB 110 Thinline - very belated NBD

Post by noplanb » 06 Mar 2018, 21:04

I thought I'd better post this, as another one came up in ebay.
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This is the ebay one - mine is exactly the same (but no dings or anything)

Very light, around 3kg
Faultless a finish as a CIJ can be
Lovely thin neck
Solid bridge, string-through option
Pickups:
The neck pickup is *monstrous*! Out-muddies a typical Gibson mudbucker! 8|
The bridge pickup did not appear to be anything special other than what you'd expect for J-type single coil - when played together with the neck pickup, it gave an acceptable tone together - just.
So, on that score it is a one-trick pony, however, I am trying some subtle mods with extra mu-metal around the neck pickup that seem to have some promise of giving a little character to it.
The neck: virtually unplayable live due to too much contrast between dead-spots and overwhelming notes, courtesy of the mudbucker for exacerbating things.
Once again, I have a little experiment going on that appears to provide some relief - I have been able to play it live with a bettering of the two problems mentioned.
So I am say three-quarters the way of where I want to be with it.
I don;t get a lot of time these days to tinker with things, so it has taken some time. Soon, I hope to able to conclude my final 'mods' (invisible), and end up with a super-light player with a bit of character. To be continued.
The MUDBUCKER:
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Another quick view - it's quite hollow
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Re: Fender CIJ TNB 110 Thinline - very belated NBD

Post by veebass » 07 Mar 2018, 04:36

Yes I saw the one on eBay and it is "local" enough for me to pick it up, if I decide to buy it.

Are you saying, steer away from it if you want a bass to use live?
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Re: Fender CIJ TNB 110 Thinline - very belated NBD

Post by slowlearner » 07 Mar 2018, 06:10

Man, I like that. Love to hear a soundclip. :)
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Re: Fender CIJ TNB 110 Thinline - very belated NBD

Post by noplanb » 07 Mar 2018, 08:18

veebass wrote:
07 Mar 2018, 04:36
Are you saying, steer away from it if you want a bass to use live?
I guess its along the lines of be prepared in case it turns out that way. I found that it natively did not have as much tonal flexibility as many other bases. And if a neck turned out to have many dead spots, someone who always uses a compressor may not have as much problem.
I've already got some success in improving mine, and I'll relate here what worked once I've tried my ideas.
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Re: Fender CIJ TNB 110 Thinline - very belated NBD

Post by noplanb » 07 Mar 2018, 08:19

soundclip. :)
Yes I'll do one next round of little mods.
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Re: Fender CIJ TNB 110 Thinline - very belated NBD

Post by veebass » 07 Mar 2018, 09:04

noplanb wrote:
07 Mar 2018, 08:18
veebass wrote:
07 Mar 2018, 04:36
Are you saying, steer away from it if you want a bass to use live?
I guess its along the lines of be prepared in case it turns out that way. I found that it natively did not have as much tonal flexibility as many other bases. And if a neck turned out to have many dead spots, someone who always uses a compressor may not have as much problem.
I've already got some success in improving mine, and I'll relate here what worked once I've tried my ideas.
But they are light!

Thanks. If it is similar to the neckbucker in the 70s Telecaster Bass, I may know what you mean.
People often say they lack top and upper mids. I reckon that is not quite true- they are there but tend to be overwhelmed by lows and low mids.

I find you need to play more sparsely with those Telecaster Basses or it all runs into itself and occasional notes on the D and G strings will just take off. Also they are very high output so you need a sturdy rig.
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