MM / P New Build Question
Having been a member here for a while (more of a stalker really) I have recently delved into the Luthier's Corner. Which was a huge mistake. There are some splendid custom builds and various projects going on that are very inspirational. The basses you guys & girls have made are awesome, and its nice to follow the threads and see them coming along.
I'm not going to bore you any more and I apologise if this is in the wrong section but I have a little question.
I will start my build very shortly, I'm pretty much ready to go, but I need to work out the electronics to finalise my design.
I'm going for an MM / P set up. Not to sound dumb but MM PUP (Bridge) & P PUP (Neck).
I just have no idea what pre amp config I would need / Pot numbers/ switch etc??
I have decided on Nordys NP4, and MM4.2.
The bass wont win any design awards or anything but i'm looking forward to give it a bash and hopefully share the stages with you nice bunch.
I know the question is quite vague, but lets say I would like the MM to be in series and as for the P PUP, I have had no experience with these what so ever?
Apologies in advance :D
This is an MPG Level 5 P/MM I used to have.
It has Nordstrand Signature Series pickups. Not sure which exact model on the MM.
The preamp is an Aguilar OBP-3. The controls are Volume, Blend, Mid boost/cut with push-pull to change the mid center frequency, and stacked knob Treble and Bass boost/cut.
I hope this helps.
Here's my own P/MM build -
Tele fretless - maple reconfigured and radically ergo sculpted Tele (string-thru) guitar body w/de-fretted maple (Allparts) P/Tele bass neck, Bill Lawrence P/Wilkinson bucker, custom-cut pg & finish, Tonestyler tone pot, three way pu selector toggle, '66 Mustang lollypop tuners, string tree and hootenanny peg. Can you say "mwaahhh"?
I nearly did a P/MM setup on a custom bass and my plan was to use all Nordstrand electronics.
But to avoid the pickups being mismatched I was going to try to use a pair of MM4.4s (or MM5.4s if I did a five string) in an interesting configuration.
I figured I'd put a standard MM4.2 at the bridge and then have the Nordstrand crew stuff two coils of an MM4.2 into a Precision housing. I emailed Adrian and he said that was doable.
Then, since the standard positions for the P and MM overlap I was thinking I'd do a reverse P leaving the EA coil in the normal position but flipping the DG coil around to the neck side.
Add in a custom Nordstrand MM preamp with either a pickup blend knob or a 3 position selector switch and you'd have a unique P/MM setup.
I especially dug the idea after seeing johnk_10s Jazzmaster builds where he used a single MM4.2 closer to the neck with a classic Stingray 2-band preamp and said he got very close to a P bass sound.
Here's a soundclip:
And another with a pick. In this one he plays the same four bars with the MM4.2 split first as a traditional P, then a reverse P, all coils in parallel (like a traditional Stingray), all coils in series and then back to the P bass setting.
Oh wow, I really like those basses you guys posted. Really nice finishes on them too! And Some top advice also. OK, after taking your advice I think I am leaning towards the switch selector type (assuming that can be MM (both coils) Then MM & P , then just P? Volume, Bass, Treb, Mid, Sorted!
I think! :eyebrow:
If this has worked I attached a rough design (I think it helps me if I can see it and not just on paper).
Feel free to suggest or criticize it if you like. Its a mash up of an ATK, Musicman and P-bass. And I was thinking of going for the colours of the ATK800 (including the rosewood guard). But I'm not too sure now I have seen both of the other basses finishes in this post.
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