About to buy a Mark Hoppes sig

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bootzilla, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. Bootzilla


    May 4, 2009
    Hi guys,

    I'm about to buy a Pbass and they have a really good sounding Mark Hoppus sig (mim) in a local store. I don't like the idea of owning a sig (and why oh why does it have to be mark hoppus :bawl:) but a good bass is a good bass and the price is also right. The only fault I see is the lack of a tone knob. It is no huge problem because I have a Boss GEB-7 eq to get a similar sound but there is some magic in a P with the tone dimed (resonant shizz and all that). My question is, how difficult is it to add a tone pot to a Mark Hoppus sig? It has a jazz body and P neck so I don't think it has a regular jazz pickguard and it also lacks a control plate. Could I just drill a hole in the pickguard and solder in a tonepot or is there more to it?

    NEXT QUESTION: How does a mark hoppus sig compare to a VM squire P (in your oppinion)? It would be nice to be done with a cheaper bass but I'm afraid I will kick myself later on when I find out the squire is not cutting it.

    btw. If you need more info: I play indie, rock, some jazz and I'm doing some sort of electro project (don't know if we're gonna use a bass but we might :D). I prefere my sound warm thumping (low mids) without treble and I tend to use overdrive and other dirt from time to time.
  2. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    a friend of mine has a MH Sig p bass. He works at a music store that sells Fenders and ordered that one for himself because he likes the Jazz body but the p bass sound. He said he loved his...hates blink 182 but loves the bass.

    who cares if it's a sig or not? plenty of people play a geddy lee or marcus miller and that may not be their favorite musician.

    as far as the tone pot, i'm sure you could add one and alter the pickguard or just do a stacked volume/tone pot and you would only have to buy a new pot/knob.

    just an idea.
  3. Mecler


    Dec 16, 2008
    Most people who mod a MH get a stack knob.
  4. Bootzilla


    May 4, 2009
    That's a good idea but I don't really like the look of stacked knobs and I was planning on putting some purty knobs on it like these http://www.smallbearelec.com/Detail.bok?no=472 :D. Maybe stacked would be wiser tho but you shouldn't underestimate looks and mojo :ninja:
  5. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    You have to also consider how big the route is underneath the pickguard. It's possible that they only route out enough room for the single pot. A stacked knob (which can still hold a purty knob - mine do) may be the easiest solution.
  6. I personally jsut don't understand the hoppus bass. Why not just get a PJ and call it a day. If you want you can scribble on the headstock with sharpie and say it was signed.
  7. Fresh Eddie

    Fresh Eddie

    Nov 13, 2008
    New England
    It's not a PJ... it has a single P-pickup located slightly closer to the neck than on a regular P-Bass. I like mine, but everyone is different, so maybe they are not everyone's cup of tea.

    As far as adding a tone knob, the control cavity has to be routed slightly to make room, but it is not visible with the pickguard on... that is what I had to do with mine when I got the control plate for it (to fix a broken pickguard.... see below.)

    On these the "signature" is on the neck plate, so if you buy a plain one or one of the Fender "F" ones, it is gone without permanently altering the bass.

    Look at those toes! :)
  8. Oh, I know its not a PJ, I was jsut trying to recommend a bass that would be more useful for me. Just my opinion now, not a flame of the bass.
  9. Bootzilla


    May 4, 2009
    I also don't understand why it is a mark hoppus sig and not just a regular model (or at least a decent artist's sig :D) but I picked it up in the store and it sounded great.

    I haven't decided yet but I think I'm going to drill an extra hole in the pickguard and do a bit of routing.

    @Fresh Eddie: Nice bass, did you put on a jazz pickguard that you cut for a P pickup or is it more custom than that?
  10. Sharko


    Jun 18, 2009
    Washington, DC
    Because getting a PJ and calling it a day would give him the wrong width neck and a different sound and he would probably be very unhappy with it... that's why;)
  11. I think its in his best interest :)

    No sense buying Fender Sig anything when my suggestion is clearly better.
  12. no1likesme


    Dec 26, 2006
    Shepherd, MI
    I love mine, I strung it with a set of GHS precision flats and have never once wanted a tone knob.
  13. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Additionally, most PJ's I've seen have a P body. This has a J body.
  14. Green Mind

    Green Mind

    Aug 28, 2007
    BC/AB, Canada
    I like this signature but I'd add the tone pot. I'm not really an wide open tone kind of guy.
  15. Like I said originally, I just dont get the point. This thing was made just by sticking a bunch of different stuff together to fill a percieved gap that I don't see. I don't actually think he should get a P special. I think he should get the ^%^ing bass he wants and not worry about what I think :)
  16. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
    here's the route

  17. Sharko


    Jun 18, 2009
    Washington, DC
    Plenty of space for a tone pot, and those pickguards are very easy to drill out. If it were me, I would add it.
  18. Sharko


    Jun 18, 2009
    Washington, DC
    This is true, I didn't think the market of "P bass players who want to look like they're playing J basses" would be big enough to sustain a new production instrument either. Maybe they were drowned out by the market of "people who want to look like Mark Hoppus." Either way I think it's a bad sign for humanity.
  19. That was kind of my point with the P special comment. The OP wants a Sig model bass, but seemed bothered by the idea that it was a Mark Hoppus. I don't get that either. He then went on to ask how it compared to a P bass. I say, who cares, get the P bass, but to each his own. The sound can't be all that different from a P bass with the tone cranked.
  20. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters

    Apr 20, 2006
    Western NY
    It's a cool design, but I think they're a bit over priced new.