upgrades ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by J Bass II, Apr 13, 2014.


  1. J Bass II

    J Bass II

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    I bought a Fender Squire P bass yesterday, sort of on impulse. New, with a Fender gig bag and strap for $160.00. The price was just too good to pass up and I plan on using it as a backup or alternative to my MIA Fender Custom Shop jazz bass.

    I played around on it for a couple of hours and it sounds pretty good and I'm going to replace the strings with some flat wound's. The color is arctic white with a white pick guard and visually it's about as interesting as a cup of vanilla pudding. I want to change the pick guard to something that would give it some interest. Any suggestions?

    I'm thinking about swapping the neck for a Fender made jazz bass neck. I have smallish hands and the jazz neck is easier to play for me. Also the neck on the bass now has a rosewood fret board and I would like to get a maple fret board on the new neck. No reason other than I've never had anything other than a rosewood fret board before, it's just a visual thing.

    What about the pickup? Is it worth the cost to change it and what would be a good replacement?

    What about the bridge and tuning machines?

    A little background here. I'm 64. I don't play funk, metal, grunge, etc. Don't play slap and pop and normally don't use a pick. My bass guitar hero is Carol Kaye and I stand in awe of the E Street Band. Bass amps don't have anything smaller than 15" speakers. My Fender Rumble 150 has more buttons, knobs, and doodads than I know what to do with.
    Most of what I play is 60's, 70's and some 80's rock, Motown, a little old country standards and some jazz or blues. The guys I play with are about my age and most of the time we play at the ' dead animals' clubs or weddings. We like to see people get up and dance.

    I'm not looking to spend another $3,000.00 on a $160.00 bass just to spend money. Just some up grades that will customize it for my use.

    Thanks
  2. Kmonk

    Kmonk

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    No offense but for the cost of all the upgrades you want to do you could have purchased a new MIM or good used MIA or MIJ bass.
  3. Rugaar

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    Other than the pickguard, I'd get to know it for awhile before any changes. You might find you like it just fine as-is, and if not, you'll have a better idea what you want to change and why.

    But I'm sure others will chime in with all sorts of changes you could make.
  4. JimmyThunder

    JimmyThunder Supporting Member

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    if you're happy with the way it plays, upgrading the pickups will give you the most bang for the buck. If you want to swap to a jazz neck, don't worry about tuners until you see what the neck ends up coming with.
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  6. mongo2

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    If you get a Tortoise guard you may find you like the appearance of rosewood neck better. Maybe check the web for pictures of that combination and see if you like it before committing.

    I second the idea of pickups as the best bang for the buck improvement, my preference for a P bass like that with flats would be Seymour Duncan Antiquities.
  7. OldDirtyBassist

    OldDirtyBassist

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    Then why have a back up bass?
  8. Batmensch

    Batmensch Supporting Member

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    This is my thought as well. Give it a chance.

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