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Quick and easy mod for Ministar Basstar

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by andk5591, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. andk5591


    Mar 9, 2009
    State College Pa
    Just picked up one of these off of ebay. Not too bad of an instrument except was a little more "thunderous" than I liked. Removed the control plate cover to see how the pups were wired. Pretty simple set up. 2 wires (red and white) were soldered together, green to hot and black to ground.

    After sorting out what was what and doing some tests with clip leads, did a real simple mod that gives you more of a cleaner jazz sound. Simply installed a DPDT from the parts box (SPDT would be fine, but that meant I would have to run into town) Connect the red and white to the center lug and a ground to one of the end lugs - effectively shorting the one coil in one position and leaving it stock in the other. Really made a difference.

    While I was at it, I brought the pups a little closer to the strings, set it up with DR Hi-beams mediums and did some tweaking to the nut and truss rod. Way nicer.

    Played around some more this morning - I like my bass at a medium playing position. It was tilted back a little too much and it felt like it was digging in a little. No big beer gut or anything, but not washboard abs either. If I dropped it a bit, then it was fine - but not as comfortable to play. Took the "upper horn" bar and put it in a vice and bent the arm back about an inch and a half. Now its perfect.

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