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Replacement pickups for Squier VM 77

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by nicopiano, Dec 12, 2012.


  1. nicopiano

    nicopiano Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Levis, Quebec, Canada
    I own a Squier VM and I'm not crazy about the pickups sound.

    I'm looking for a pair of replacement pickups for 200$ or less.

    I tried DiMarzio J on a previous bass but didn't like the lack of clarity. I like to cut in the mix.

    Maybe EMG? There is so many models...

    I just don't want hi-fi modern sound, nor purist vintage. Something in between.

    Thank you for your suggestions.
     
  2. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    Manitoba, Canada
    My bet is you can achieve what you want with strings. Maybe try Rotosound swing bass stainless steels. Gnarly.
     
  3. nicopiano

    nicopiano Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Levis, Quebec, Canada
    That's a good idea. There is old daddario strings on it right now and it's not my thing. (Used bass)

    So far, my favorite strings are DR hi-beam, but I'm curious about roto swing.
     
  4. Frenchy-Lefty

    Frenchy-Lefty

    Sep 8, 2009
    I have a VM 70's and I absolutely love the pickups. On previous Jazz Basses I have tried over 10 different sets of pickups and I think those are are perfect balance of punch/growl/clarity.
    As it was suggested, start by replacing the strings (I like the DR HiBeams personally but on my VM I currently have some Slinkies)
    If you really want the funk, a Badass II bridge will make a huge difference in the tone. Especially if you want to slap.
    I have found out too that it is a good idea to first try your bass with a different rig if you are not happy with the sound. IMO Those VM's sound really good.
     
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  6. nicopiano

    nicopiano Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Levis, Quebec, Canada
    New strings... Then I'll let you know. Thank you! :)
     
  7. Frenchy-Lefty

    Frenchy-Lefty

    Sep 8, 2009
    Also on mine when I got it the neck pickup required to be lowered. I screwed in with a ful 360 degree on each screw. It sounded much better. You may want to give it a try.
     
  8. Cut more? Man, you may want to buy a Japanese blade instead if you want to cut more. I wish the pickups in my VM Jazz would *calm down* a little - they are proving to be quite hot and bright for my liking, I almost always run the tone knob down a fair amount, often completely rolled off.

    Did changing the strings work out?
     
  9. nicopiano

    nicopiano Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Levis, Quebec, Canada
    Yes, now it's a great bass!!!
     
  10. Batmensch

    Batmensch Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2010
    Chester, Pa.,USA
    That's what I figured. More often than not, just changing the strings and doing a setup, which would include adjusting pickup height, is more than enough to vastly improve the sound. New pickups are not always the answer.