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add a pickup mod

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by king_xanadu, Sep 15, 2008.


  1. i was wondering i it was possible to add another pickup to this
    562271.

    maybe this one
    SSB4b4.

    how would i do that?
     
  2. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    (unclear if this pickup is 9v powered or not, model please?)

    It's possible. I will assume it is equipped passive (Vol+tone).
    You will however need to decide one of 3 things:

    1) add Volume pot
    2) add pickup pan
    3) 3 way switch

    SO,
    Skills you may need handy (If you're gonna do it by yourself):

    Basic pickup wiring skills. (soldering too)
    Some Wood working experience. (router, drilling)

    If you have both of these, that's half the battle.

    Where to place it will be challenging. (A good place to put it, not just slap it in there with a guesstimate).
     
  3. heres the link for the pickup

    http://www.guitarpartsresource.com/pickups_sdsoapbarssb4.htm

    and the bass

    http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Dean-Edge-09-4String-Electric-Bass-Guitar?sku=519941

    if that helps
     
  4. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    Ok, seems to be a Passive pickup in to passive electronics, It will work.
    Now if you have the skill sets from my last post,
    you should be fine. If not you may want to get a more experienced hand in there.
     
  5. spaz21387

    spaz21387

    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    It looks pretty simple. All you need is a router and a drill and the new pot. You should be able to wire it like a fender j bass. Be very carefull when routing out the hole for the pickup. unless your going to have a pickguard that will cover your mistakes which might be a good idea. as for placement I cant really help you there.
     
  6. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    Like a said before, if you do not have the woodworking skills and/or lack of tools, you may find the safer bet being putting it in the hands of someone who is at least proficient in woodworking.


    Placement: I myself would find the harmonic sweet spot in the void you have there and center on that placement.
     
  7. could i just use 2 stacked pots to avoid having to drill more holes?
     
  8. envika

    envika

    Nov 27, 2007
    Bronx, NY
    Sure, they're a bit costly and you have to make sure you're soldering the right lugs a little more carefully, but there's no problem using stacked pots.
     
  9. Phil Mailloux

    Phil Mailloux

    Mar 25, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
    Builder: Mailloux Basses

    What's the worry of drilling another hole for a pot if you have to rout a whole pickup cavity :eyebrow:

    If you want to do it yourself you'll need a router with a follower bit and a template for that pickup. You can get the routing templates at bestbassgear.com
     

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