Mod suggestions for a Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI
First off, here's a post I made in Reddit regarding this where I already got some suggestions and very helpful info.
Anyways, I'm looking to mod my PS Bass VI and make it "mine". My initial goal is to make it fretless (I use it as my main bass, hardly ever as a guitar), change out the 5 way switch to a 3 switch plate, install a foam mute bridge, and give it a custom psychedelic paint job (like Jack Bruce's).
But I'm curious now about what else I can do mod wise. Any bass VI owners recommend switching out the bridge humbucker with a regular jag single coil? I was also suggested to having it wired so when all 3 switches are off, it'll put the of the pickups in series giving it a boost. I just want to have my bass vi able to achieve many different tones, especially a 70's phil lesh tone if at all possible.
While looking for a new pickguard from Warmoth (though it'll have to be trimmed to fit the PS model) I noticed I have the option to add a 5 way switch/toggle switch on the upper horn, what can I do with that?
By the way I have little to no knowledge in regards to modding and electronics. In the end I'll just need to get the parts and schematics and have a guitar shop do it for me. Thanks guys!
I bought my PSIV in June and think I am finally done with my mods. Maybe something on my list will help you...
First, I added push/pull volume pot. The switch activates the bridge pickup regardless of the selector switch position. I wanted access to the two "missing" pickup combinations without losing the 5 position selector. The 3 separate on/off switches are just a bit clumsy, IMHO.
Next I added a concentric tone pot. I wanted the strangle circuit, but wanted to be able to control it. One pot is the standard tone control, which rolls off the highs. The other pot is a "bass" control which rolls off the bottom end. Instead of using one capacitor on the bass control, I set up a bank of 3 connected to the pot through an on-on-on switch, so I can select which cap, and consequently what frequency is filtered out.
At the same time, I also added a switch to reverse the phase of the middle pickup. Most times, I like more midrange growl and much less boom out of my bass. Selecting all three pickups with the middle out of phase provides just that.
The last thing I did was to cut off the control area of my pickguard and replace it with the left handed Jaguar control plate. It adds a bit of shine and also allows for quick access to the pots and wiring.
If you have any questions, I'll do my best to answer.
Sounds cool 8track. Currently my mods are actually to make the PS model more like the original, with a single coil bridge, stangle switch (push/pull pot) and the 3 switch plate. The only new thing I'm adding is another push/pull that will activate series/parallel wiring. I doubt about making it fretless and giving it a psychedelic paintjob but I abandoned those ideas for now.
Series/parallel sounds cool. I would have done that on mine, but I've run out of room in the rout and I'm not too eager to enlarge it. Have fun with it!
I want to get the MIJ one for $1400 then I won't feel the desire to mod it more like the original.
PS model $750
Parts for the mod at most $300
Cost to get it proffesionally done/wired about $250.
It balanced out in the end, plus I love the build quality and look of my PS model. The MIJ I've heard has a small neck and the Squier Bass VI just didn't have quite a good paintjob as the PS model.
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