I was recently gifted an early-90s "Fender Squier Series" MIK bass (the big F gets center stage on the headstock, but it's still SOME kind of a Squier). Word has it that Fender outfitted these particular kinds of Squiers with "Fender accoutrements" although Cort et al were building them on their behalf.
The bass came to me defretted and with mystery pickups from a known not-so-great era in mystery pickups. The PUs were microphonic as all get-out. Turn a knob gently, or even move the strap around a bit on your shoulder... rustle-rustle-tap-rustle through the amp.
I have absolutely zero use for fretless solidbody basses and/or any musical style that makes use of them, so yesterday I slapped a fretted P-bass neck onto the body just to see how the bass would play with a setup I can actually use.
I was shocked to find that this thing is an absolute rock-meat machine
easily on par with any bass I've ever had for classic indie-rawk grind when amplified. Unfortunately, with that great punchy / clear / ballsy tone still comes those aforementioned microphonics. The sheer amount of handling noise is really killing my buzz.
I'd like to keep the tone and lose the noise. I'm guessing repotting may help but I also know I'll lose a bit of tone that way. Are there other possible solutions?
For instance, totally naive question: I know many import Js
, at least, have foam under the pickups in lieu of springs - is this something worth looking at and/or replacing as a possible solution?