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Fender Bass VI question

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Beatlefreek, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. Beatlefreek

    Beatlefreek

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    I just recently got a Fender Japan Bass VI (a '95 approximately). Has anyone got a similar year, who has swapped out the pickups, and, if so, what has been you conclusion?

    The stock pickups don't sound too bad — actually pretty good. But it's, in a way, hard to tell because of the cheesy, ticky-tacky sound of the bass itself — which I mean in the best and most admiring way possible. Hey, it's precisely for that cheesy ticky-tacky sound I bought it for in the first place.

    But I'm wondering if swapping the pickups for, say, Seymour Duncans, would be worthwhile.

    Thanks
  2. MR PC

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    If the pickups you have there have ceramic magnets (I'm guessing they do), I wouldn't hesitate to switch them out for something else. The original Bass VI used Alnico magnets, a big part of the whole vibe. Plus you could probably get a reverse wound pickup for noise cancellation when using more than one pickup. The new Squire Bass VI has that feature.
  3. Stealth

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    The ticky-tacky sound can usually be "cured" by getting a heavier-gauge string set. Something like a .095 LaBella Bass VI set or one of the heavier Circle K sets (.098, .102, .106). Also, as MR PC said, if your middle pickup isn't reverse-wired/wound and reverse-polarized (if the bass doesn't become noiseless if you combine the middle pickup with either, but not both, of the other two pickups), you should get it done. A decent luthier can fix that issue right up.

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