I know this can probably go in the Luthier Thread, but it feels almost as if it is a new bass day so I threw it into the Basses thread.
Well this has been a work in progress for a week, but I am finally done. I started with this. http://www.flickr.com/photos/97162931@N06/8982603933/
a Squier Matt Freeman Precision bass. I have love the tone of a Music Man and simply cannot afford one so I decided to do a little modding as I have another p-style bass a Yamaha BB 5-string that covers that tone pretty well.
First step was puling everything out of the body. http://www.flickr.com/photos/97162931@N06/8983808006/
After I was done that I got out the trusty router and routed my Music Man Pickup using a jig I ordered from Best Bass Gear. http://www.flickr.com/photos/97162931@N06/8983806332/
The Pickup I decided to use was the Nordstrand MM 4.2
Best Bass Gear's Write Up:
This pickup is an accurate reproduction of an early pre Ernie Ball® pickup. It features Alnico V magnets and Heavy Forvar wire for an authentic punchy, growly, and inherently fat tone.
And the Pre-Amp is the Nordstrand 2B-MM 2 band Pre, which is their version of the classic 70's Music Man Pre.
Next Step was to route out my Battery Compartment. http://www.flickr.com/photos/97162931@N06/8982609769/
And install the Pickup and Pre http://www.flickr.com/photos/97162931@N06/8982607369/
Here's a work in progress shot after I dropped the pickup in place. http://www.flickr.com/photos/97162931@N06/8982610933/
Lastly as I now had three pots my Vol/Treb/Bass, I had to move my input jack to the side. II went with a black Jack Plate cause thats all they had the my local music shop, and I guess it matches the black knobs which I had sitting around. I didn't have a third chrome knob so black will do in the mean time. http://www.flickr.com/photos/97162931@N06/8983975960/
And Finally the finished product. http://www.flickr.com/photos/97162931@N06/8982644813/
Now this is where the fun began! I plugged the bass in and realized that I got no sound at all. Something wasn't grounded properly, so I had to pull it all apart and find the problem, once I did I put it back together, and a new problem came up, the pole pieces on the the Pickup were not properly grounded. Whenever I touched a pole piece I would get a really irritating clicking noise that made the bass feel unplayable. I had to run out and get some copper shielding tape and run a strip down the back of the poles and then solder a wire in in between the coils and another wire to run to ground. I decided I should also shield the cavity, so I did that at the same time. I prob should have taken pics of that process but I was kind of excited to just get me bass up and running.
Finally after all that it is up and running and sounds amazing. Its such a night and day difference from the P pickup. I love the p-sound but there is something so satisfying about playing a really growly sounding Music Man pickup that the P just cant do.
I am overall pretty pleased with how it all turned out. Let me know what you think.