A Simple Lesson Learned the Hard Way

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by kommando84, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. kommando84


    Oct 10, 2007
    Maybe some of you budget instrument owners can benefit from my experience and save yourself some time and money.

    I'd never "gotten" the whole P-bass thing, for whatever reason, but I finally found one I liked when I played a Squier Classic Vibe 60's Precision while on TDY in San Antonio. The color looked much better in life than in pictures, and I could not deny the tone and feel of the instrument. I had to have it!

    Perhaps I was trying to cleanse myself of feeling smitten by a budget instrument, but I foolishly began to mod the bass with a new capacitor and a DiMarzio Model P pickup. Maybe some of you folks like the Model P, but I never really clicked with it. I didn't want to sink more money into trying every P-style aftermarket pup on the market, so I felt kind of trapped and just stopped playing the bass after a short while.

    Since then I've bought a Fender Original P-bass pup to try and rectify the situation, but if that doesn't work, I'm not going to be ashamed to put the bass back to its stock form. I loved it then, and I don't see why it's so terrible to play a stock budget instrument if that's what sounds right. It's a lot easier to try and buy your way out of something than to just get over your mental hangups about gear.

    So I guess the lesson is: if you like the way something sounds, it doesn't matter what the label says on it. Play it, by God!
  2. I tried a quarter pounder in mine but the original was way better, so I guess we had the same expirience with that bass.
  3. Let us know how you like the original Fender pick up in the Squier.

    I am considering going with an original also.

    Also, what branch of service you in?

  4. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I think lots of us learned that lesson but wind up selling the bass as opposed to putting the ol pickup back in. Perhaps I should just speak for myself. :)