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How would you customise this guitar

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Karlos69, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. Karlos69

    Karlos69

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    Was going to sell this one on after buying a Thunderbird. It's a Samick Artist Series which I've owned from new for about 15 years.
    However I thought it transform the guitar if I were to put in some new pickups. I am after the Fender P Bass sound.
    Would some Seymnore Duncan Quarter Pounders get me somewhere near?
    Was thinking of leaving a hole where the bottom single bar pickup is as I think this would look good and don't know if this would be needed.

    Any thoughts/suggestions?

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  2. Osztertag2112

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    Sand down the finish and refinish it in a vintage sunburst. Then make a black pickguard for it. And add a string mute where the single coil was
  3. bh2

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    Look ver nice... leave it... remove the frets.

    Put on some socks.
  4. Karlos69

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    bh2, hate fretless bass and I've got athlete's foot
  5. Bongolation

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    Sell it, move on.

    "Customizing" a bass is almost always a mistake.
  6. sloppy_phil

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    I respectfully disagree; I've modded every instrument I've owned, and I think they've all turned out favourable. All of the instruments are more what I want them to be than they were before; as a working musician, this is a good thing!


    OP, rather than yank out the jazz p'up, you could just disconnect the wires from the harness whilst leaving the p'up where it is. Seems like the simplest, cleanest way to remove that sound.

    And the Duncan QP is probably a good place to start. Although, with your reverse-P pickup route, it likely won't be 100% true to an old P sound (but still pretty pleasing, I'd think!)
  7. Funk_Pirate

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    Or better yet, just turn the volume for the j down and the volume for the p up. No disconnecting needed :bag:
  8. Yango

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    Just sell it and buy a P Bass. That's my best advise to you. No matter what you do to that bass, it'll never sound like a P.

    Unless, of course, you're really attached to it... Then, by all means, Frankenstein away.
  9. Strat Hater

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    Reverse P pickup route?? Where??
  10. Nephilymbass

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    I would convert it to a fretless by romoving the frets and filling the gaps with wood and finish the fingerboard jaco style. depending on how the electronics sounds i might swap some things there but fretless really is its own sound so it may sound good without any other mods. Another option would be to use it for a different tuning. Maybe even piccolo bass.

    its a buyers market right now. If you sell it you probably won't get much for it anyways so why not try to turn it into something different you could still use
  11. tabdog

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    If the distance to the pickup is the same,
    it'll sound like a P bass. I like the Fender
    Original 62 P Bass pickup for about the
    same price as the 3/4 pounder.

    The Peavey Fury has the proper distance
    and with the right pup can give any P bass
    a run for tha money,

    Tabdog
  12. 3star2nr

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    It looks fine I'd install a active pre amp that's pretty much it.

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