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Fender MP Dimension Bass Mods?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Villanova, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. Villanova

    Villanova

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    Hey guys,

    I just received a Fender MP Dimension bass for Christmas. It's a cool bass that feels great, but I'm not too crazy about the triplebucker and rotary switch.

    From what I understand, these are relatively new basses. Has anyone started modding with the hardware/electronics at all? Does anyone know about retrofitting other pickups in place of the triplebucker?

    Here's a picture:
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  2. Bobster

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    Hi Villanova,

    Don't have a Dimension, although that one looks sweet.

    Have you thought about changing out the pre? Maybe a John East P Retro, to avoid drilling any new holes?

    http://www.bestbassgear.com/p-retro-preamp.htm

    That ought to give you some good options.

    All the best,

    Bob
  3. troy mcclure

    troy mcclure

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    The bridge is pretty nice, I could see wanting to add some tone controls to it. Just got mine so I haven't opened it up to see how much route is under the pick guard.
  4. Mark Nye

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    I've played a few of these and think they feel really good, but IMO the rotary switch only has one usable position. If it were mine, I'd ditch the switch, go with vol/tone, and call it a day.
  5. Villanova

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    I thought about replacing the rotary with a master volume, master tone set-up. but all three coils are selectable and from previewing that setting, I'm not much into it.
  6. fuzzychaos

    fuzzychaos Supporting Member

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    Played one at Sam Ash the other day. On the rotary switch, I did think two of the settings sounded nice. As a mod, I would look at maybe adding a preamp.
  7. Jim C

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    +1 on a couple of good selections although the volume jumps so much that I don't think you could switch coils in the middle of a song.
    The end of the pick guard looks broken to me!
  8. awilkie84

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    The MP Triple-bucker is the same size as the EMG 35 series soapbar pickups, so there's a huge amount of options for you. The same can't be said for the MIM/MIA Dlx Dimension pickups. They're "unique".

    Tonally, I'd stick with the tri-bucker & add a pre-amp. :) You can add some holes to the pickguard & even keep the rotary switch, too.
  9. plankspanker13

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    I might toy with the idea of putting in a '51 P pickup in a neck position, and wiring the rotary switch to incorporate it.
  10. Grissle

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    What's the routing under the PG like? If there's room I'd think about adding a Tonestyler.
  11. plankspanker13

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    It may be that the simplest mod is the best. Try playing one through a multiFX or multi-patch pedal preamp, like a VT Bass Deluxe, where you can sculpt several usable tones. I want one of these in charcoal, but the MF/GC availability is several weeks away.

    Damned GAS.

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