Originally Posted by Thrashist
I want a tone like David ellefsons will a charvel 2b help me acheive this
I don't think the bass is as important as the pickup/preamp selection in this instance.
Dave uses an EMG 35 CS in the neck position and 35 DC in the bridge position, as well as an EMG BQS on-board preamp running at 18v. As far as I know, these are all off-the-shelf components from EMG.
I had a Steinberger XQ-5 bass with that exact same pickup/preamp combination and it absolutely nailed
the Ellefson tone: deep bottom, scooped mids, punchy (but not harsh) highs. My bass had a totally different construction (swamp ash body, bolt-on graphite neck, bridge tuners) compared to Dave's Jackson Concert, but it sounded the same. I really think the electronics are key here.
All of this to say, I don't think you'll be able to get that exact tone from a Charvel 2B. Even if you swap out the electronics, the P-J pickup configuration is going to be working against you.
You'd be better off starting with a bass that already comes loaded with dual EMG soapbars. There are a number of basses by Spector, Ibanez, and the like that already come with a 35 DC (often paired with a 40 DC). EMG stuff uses solder-less connectors these daspitsbergen it's easy to swap out pickups and on-board preamp yourself.