Pickup/string selection interface
When I decided to take up bass again last year I bought a used Ibanez SR406 with the intent of making it into a poor man's Yamaha 'John Patatucci' bass. With those stock DX6 pickups the sound was so damn smooth & generic-- good only for oldies pop. I replaced those DX6 humbuckers with Carvin single coils, & added DR MM strings. Didn't get that MM Jazz sound even though the Ibanez has active electronics--still way too smooth. I got a SDAJB that does get a prominent growl.
As soon as word got out I got a bass & was looking for amp gear, I was immediately hired for an on going gig.....doing oldies, pop, rock, folk, country, & some jazz. (All with the same group.)
I took the DRs off the SR406 & put on Thomastik-Infeld Jazz round-wounds. Very impressive strings. They come in gauges .118, .089, .068, .051, .043., .029. The B E A and D string are surprisingly robust in tone. No, not quite as much as hex core .130, .105, .085, etc. The one string that's a little too twangy is the g
.043. .043 is a pretty legit gauge for any g string
I'm convinced that it is the combination of the string, single coil pickups, & cheap active Ibanez eq. I also did put that same .043 TI g string on an Squire VM bass (with those robust Duncan J105s) & it still was somewhat twangy.
Guess I'll put those DX6s back on & see how the TIs sound, particularly the g string. I guess any double coil (even a crappy DX6) can impart a beefier sound to those kind of strings. I hope. I might just give up & sell the bass & strings at a loss. Any other experiences out there with a twangy g string on single coils, later rectified with a double coil?