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Old 01-22-2014, 03:57 PM
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Fender Bass VI question

I just recently got a Fender Japan Bass VI (a '95 approximately). Has anyone got a similar year, who has swapped out the pickups, and, if so, what has been you conclusion?

The stock pickups don't sound too bad — actually pretty good. But it's, in a way, hard to tell because of the cheesy, ticky-tacky sound of the bass itself — which I mean in the best and most admiring way possible. Hey, it's precisely for that cheesy ticky-tacky sound I bought it for in the first place.

But I'm wondering if swapping the pickups for, say, Seymour Duncans, would be worthwhile.

Old 01-22-2014, 07:49 PM
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If the pickups you have there have ceramic magnets (I'm guessing they do), I wouldn't hesitate to switch them out for something else. The original Bass VI used Alnico magnets, a big part of the whole vibe. Plus you could probably get a reverse wound pickup for noise cancellation when using more than one pickup. The new Squire Bass VI has that feature.
Old 01-23-2014, 05:43 AM
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The ticky-tacky sound can usually be "cured" by getting a heavier-gauge string set. Something like a .095 LaBella Bass VI set or one of the heavier Circle K sets (.098, .102, .106). Also, as MR PC said, if your middle pickup isn't reverse-wired/wound and reverse-polarized (if the bass doesn't become noiseless if you combine the middle pickup with either, but not both, of the other two pickups), you should get it done. A decent luthier can fix that issue right up.
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