Need Help/Neck Pick-Up/Gibson SG Standard
I happen to be one of the biggest old school AC/DC fans on the planet. Always loved the look of the SG. I am also fairly new to playing the bass.
I was at Guitar Center couple months ago. At the time, the only bass I had played was my cheap-o Dean that had 24 frets. It always felt like it was 10 foot long. While at GC, I picked up a Gibson SG Bass. It was love at first feel. I only farted with it for a few minutes but could tell it felt more comfortable to play. Shorter, more like a guitar.
So, a couple weeks later, I broke down and bought one.
Once it arrived, I was blown away by the look and feel of it. But the sound? Well, this is where I may need a little help. And please forgive me as explaining this as a noob may be a little tricky for me.
At first I thought the knobs were wired backwards. The middle knob (bridge, mini humbucker pick-up) has a very low tone/pitch, real deep and beefy like how I think a bass should sound. The neck (full sized humbucker) was real tinney/twangy. My guitar shop guy confirmed that middle knob does control the bridge, front knob is neck, and rear is tone. And as a bassist, he also wasn't impressed with the neck pick-up.
My Dean is just like this, but completely 180. The neck sounds deep and beefy and bridge is the one that is tinney. Or higher pitched. I hope this is making sense to some of you more experienced guys...
So, my question. I realize that I am a TOTAL bass playing noob. But I got ears that work. And I can tell that I am not all too impressed with the sound of the neck pick-up either.
Is there a fix for this or a different pick-up I could buy that would give me a lower, beefier pitched sound? I definitely dont want to lose the look of the original chrome cover. And I'm not sure on the price of a good pick-up, so I will set a budget of $300 to get a better sound out of the neck. As of now, I just leave it off.
Anybody own one of these Gibson SG Standard bass and kinda know where I am coming from? I dont play in a band or anything. And will try to answer any questions the best I can.
ANY advise is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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