Bass Mods K6 questions: pickups or preamp?
I just got the new six string BassMods K6 bass from Bass Mods.
I absolutely love the feel and looks of this bass...but...I am not sure I like the sound as is out of the box...the sound is kind of "basic" (no pun intended)....kind of lifeless and hollow sounding per se. The pickups are Kent Armstrong and the electronics are Bass Mods BEQ12xxxxxxx.
I can't quite figure out if it is the pickups or the electronics that should be replaced (assuming I choose to keep the bass).
In your opinions, what is the best place to start for improving the sound? I would like to get the bass to sound like a fender jazz (that nazal midrange growl type of sound....kind the sound of the bass on Foghat's "Fool for the City", or even the Marcus Miller sound.
Although I know this is not a Fender bass...where would one start in regards to replacing parts to improve the sound? What component has the most influence on changing a sound of a bass? Pickups or Preamp?
Should I start with pickups first? If so, which set of 6 string pups would be best (19mm string spacing).
Should I start with pre-amp first? If so, which best approximates the Fender Jazz sound?
Thank you in advance
Not sure which kent Armstrong pickups you have in there but if they are the proper US ones those are pretty nice pups! The big factor in sounding like a jazz is having two single coil pickups... If you have soapbars which most 6 strings have you may want to see if you can tap them to be single coils or replace them with something like the nordstrand big singles which are singlecoils in a soapbar housing essentially.
Update to BassMods K6 six string bass question
Ok, last night I played the bass at practice...the general concensus of the band members was that they really like the look (and feel) of this bass....but they all said that this bass did sound a tiny bit muddy compared to my other basses I have played at practice. I tried to dial out the "muddiness" with my tone controls but it just didn't seem to fully correct the clarity. I played thru my Ampeg head and 4x10 bottom. I really really like this bass...but am un-decided what to do. So I guess I am down to needing a decision (and input from others) as to what would be the best item to consider replacing (either the pickups or the electronics/preamp). Still needing your inputs. Thanks to those who have responded already.
I forgot to mention....the Kent Armstrong pickups in the bass are the "skyline" model....which I believe are NOT the American made ones. I don't know how much that will make a differnece between American made vs foreign made?
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