Fender Urge MIM upgrades?

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  1. hooky_marr

    hooky_marr

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    Got a MIM Fender Urge 'project bass' off eBay. Waiting for it to arrive, considering doing some upgrades to make it more like a MIA Urge I:

    • Upgrading pickups
    • Adding a P pickup in between the Js
    • Swapping out the stock bridge for an Urge through-body bridge
    • adding a 3 or 5-way switch for pickup selection

    I have a few questions if anyone's familiar with the differences between the MIA and MIM models.

    • Are the J pickups the same width? They appear to be, at least on MIA Urges.
    • Is the bridge on the MIM in the same location as the MIA? Would it be an easy swap-out?
    • The concentric knobs seem to be a particular type that Allparts doesn't carry. Wider than usual and flat instead of dome tops. Anyone know where to get them?

    Thanks all, advice appreciated!
     
  2. hooky_marr

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  3. Randyt

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    Im not sure about the topic...but if I was to complete this project...I would be calling Aguilar and get their opinion...Get their pickups and their Preamp...bingo..easy
     
  4. birminghambass

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    Don't waste your time on the bridge swap.
     
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  6. BassHappy

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    I would send your questions to John Page, he worked in the Fender Custom Shop directly with Stu on the Urge basses and I have found him to be a wealth of great information. He also was the guy behind the Fender Performer. You can email him at his site here:

    http://www.johnpageguitars.com/

    He is a really busy guy so be patient.

    BassHappy
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