I finally got around to getting those pickups up. I had made another failed attempt before today but decided to wait until Saturday so I had more time and rest for the challenge.
Well, my thumbs are pretty sore, but I just used some elbow grease and wiggled the pick up back and forth until one of us gave. Luckily it was the pick up. I started by pressing on the bottom string side, wich raised the top string side and visa versa. I spun the bass in my lap for different angles. I also loosened the strings. (I had not tried the first two attempts). Eventually, I slowly raised up up the first pickup after about a little under an hour or so. Yeah, that long. (Once my technique was down, it took about 5 min for the second pickup to start moving) All in all, it took me about 2 hours playing around with them.
The result? Much better, it also got me to tweaking with my amp head to better understand of how to find what tone I am looking for. The bass is much hotter now and sounds much closer in volume and low end to my other bass. Me happy.
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