Anyone modify a Stingray 4?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tomtom, Nov 2, 2002.

  1. tomtom


    Jun 17, 2002
    Philthy, PA
    I've been using a Stingray pretty much exclusively for the last 6 years or so. Anyway, the trebley g string sh@t is starting to annoy me. Has anyone ever dropped a single coil in above the stock pickup? Anyone try the alnico replacements? What about the Sabre, is the bridge pickup closer to the bridge than the 'ray??
  2. Fran Diaz

    Fran Diaz

    Mar 28, 2002
    Santander, Spain

    These are my impressions about the Basslines replacements. Hope this helps.

    The preamp: I had already installed the preamp a few months ago with the stock pickup. Pros: The brittle, "electronic" highs of the stock preamp were gone, the mid control is cleaner. The slap contour switch is not only great for slap, it gives you a round, warm finger tone for softer styles where you don't need to cut through loud guitars. Cons: The installation guide is s**t. I was lucky b/c I had a wonderful guide written by Bill Bolton who had had
    to deal with the problem first. I found the low freq. control set too low for my tastes, but now I like how it works with the SD pickup, I suppose that they were designed to work together.
    -The pickup: mine is the alnico version, never tried the ceramic. I have added a switch in the control plate for series/parallel operation. Series is louder, with more lows and mids and cuts like a knife, its like a StingRay in steroids. Parallel is the stock wiring: The tone has deeper lows (with the preamp set flat), and it's more refined than that of the stock pu. The G strings sings as never before, even when I roll off the treble completely.

    -Conclusions: If you're happy with the stock pickup and preamp why change it? well maybe to try something new and see if you like it more, you can always go back to the original. I'm not going back to the stock stuff, sure it's good, but the SD is better (IMO and for my taste). I've got a variety of tones that the StingRay didn't give me before.

    keep groooovin
  3. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    Ed Friedland bought one last year and popped a split coil P-Bass pup in center position...he said it didn't impress him though.