vintage japanese bass electronics

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by thedevilisbad, Apr 11, 2014.


  1. thedevilisbad

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    Hey guys! I have this old aria short scale copy of the original P bass that I'll like to put some tlc into. It's a lot of fun to play but sounds incredibly bland when plugged in. I'm curious as to what pots I should use for the volume and tone nob, if I need a tone cap, and maybe even suggestions on pickups.

    I would love to get seymour duncan pickups for it, but I'm not sure if the magnets would line up with the string spacing or if I want to spend that much money.

    What results have you all gotten with rail pickups or even danelectro style lipstick pickups?

    Thanks!
     

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    If it where me I'd be asking myself what strings I'd be using and what style/s of playing I'd be implementing on said bass first, and from there I'd start thinking about electronics.

    Would you perhaps be able to give us a little more insight in that regard so that we may be able to come up with some ideas that will hopefully suit your taste a bit better?

    Edit: that's a pretty snazzy looking p btw.
     
  4. thedevilisbad

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    I'm really just looking for an all around sound. I owned a mexican made jazz bass with stock pickups and I was perfectly happy with it. I don't usually play with a pick, and I don't usually use distortion from a pedal. I think this has pretty normal gauge d'addario bass strings on it, but maybe I'll switch over to short scale style strings.

    Another question is if I buy a rail style pickup (or lipstick) made for guitar what output should I get, a higher one or a lower one?
     
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    Kent Armstrong does (or at least did) a lipstick pickup for bass. It might be a bit wide in context on that bass as it might have narrower string spacing (a quick measurement will tell you that). I don't know what it is internally to know if there is any issue with poles.

    There are rail-type pickups in a Telecaster bass/1951 Precision style which might be a good look given that it's that style of bass.
     
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    After drinking a few beers the other night I decided to purchase a pair of 250k pots, a tone cap, and this cool GFS Lipstick pickup (6k). It looks great and sounds pretty good too! bass.jpg
     
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    Pot values and capacitance depend on personal preference. Some like brighter 500k pots, while others like warmer 250k pots. 250k is standard of P basses. 0.047uf is the standard capacitance for tone controls in high impedance applications, but some prefer higher or lower values, depending on where they want the frequency cutoff. A common choice is 0.1uF, for a lower frequency cutoff.
     
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    Nice bass! What kind of music will you be playing?
     

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