Replacement pickups for Squier VM 77

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


  1. nicopiano

    nicopiano Supporting Member

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    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 Supporter Supporting Member

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    My bet is you can achieve what you want with strings. Maybe try Rotosound swing bass stainless steels. Gnarly.
  3. nicopiano

    nicopiano Supporting Member

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    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

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    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

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    New strings... Then I'll let you know. Thank you! :)
  7. Frenchy-Lefty

    Frenchy-Lefty

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    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. blindrabbit

    blindrabbit

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    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

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    Yes, now it's a great bass!!!
  10. Batmensch

    Batmensch Supporting Member

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    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.

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