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Best bass mod ever for you?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Raman, Dec 1, 2018.

  1. Raman

    Raman Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc

    I've never altered my instruments, although I've thought about it often. Switch pickups, add a knob, having the body redone completely in a different wood, etc.

    For those who have modded stock instruments, I'd love to hear what was the best improvement that you've ever made to a bass.
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  2. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Pickups and preamps followed by bridges.
  3. Raman

    Raman Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    Which? Replacing which? On which instrument?
  4. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Custom pickguard, control knobs and fretboard stickers.
  5. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Oh man several thru the years. New vintage USA Fender bridge on my Frankin P. I also installed Duncan antiquity P pups, new cap, pots and jack that made a $100.00 E series Korean Squier the best sounding P bass I have ever owned and I had a few early 70’s Fender P basses.
    Getting an Aguilar pre and Dingwall pups in my Lakland 55-01 Made a great bass sound even better. On the other hand there were a few that mods did not improve their sound and in one case made the bass sound worse than stock.
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  6. Shielding & rewiring went a long, long way on my MIM Blacktop Precision.
  7. GoLeafsGo

    GoLeafsGo Not Quite Right! Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2013
    Whitby Ontario
    Have to be the Black Pickguard Screw Mod.
  8. dedpool1052


    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    My old Fender American Hot Rod Precision.
    After having it for roughly 13 years, I grew tired of the p/j tone, and preferred humbuckers.
    After a trip to Mike Lull's shop and trying some basses equipped with his T-bass pickups, I decided I needed those.
    I had him route and install two T-bird pickups in place of the original p/j pickups.
    Now that thing is a big, huge, growly monster of a bass.
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  9. BassAndReeds


    Oct 7, 2016
    Adding a tone knob to a bass that doesn’t have one.
  10. saabfender

    saabfender Banned

    Jan 10, 2018
    If you’re looking for permission to mod your bass, you’ll find lots of encouragement here.

    Any aspect of a bass is fair game. Try whatever. If you get an idea from the forum, get on it and make it so. A tiny example of that is replacing the Fender headstock button with something non-resonant. Takes out the distinctive Fender ring and evened out the G string dead spot.

    fretless - 3.

    You’ll never know if you don’t try.

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  11. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Feb 1, 2003
    New York
    Hipshot drop d tuner

    Dunlop strap locks

    That's pretty much where I stop at mods. Both are essential to me.
  12. White Funk

    White Funk

    Nov 25, 2018
    Tastefully done, in my opinion.
  13. Marko 1

    Marko 1

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    Once added a hipshot tuner on a four-banger when I played them...

  14. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
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  15. dedpool1052


    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    Here's the bass.
    Also refinished in Kerry green with a white pearl pickguard.

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  16. Raman

    Raman Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2003
    Montreal, Qc
    :woot:How about this for a bass mod then? The guy fused a MicroKorg on his bass!

  17. In order of importance:
    1) put a peavey J neck on a squier P body.
    Tie for 2:
    2) new pots, jack and knobs.
    2) copper sheild tape
    3) strap lock buttons
    4) replace rusty bridge
    5) pearl PG (so not that important)

    *the gotoh 201 in the photo has been replaced with a standard fender bridge due to set up issues.

    Tons o' fun!

    EDIT: if i had to break the tie, advantage copper tape. I had RFI problems, but only anticipated problems with other electronics .
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2018
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  18. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    Graphite neck upgrade = perfectly stable tuning with no more seasonal setup adjustments and (IMO) massively improved tone.
  19. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Converting a 4 string to a 5 string

    4 string to 5 string Rickenbacker conversion



    I have 16 basses … none are stock factory instruments
  20. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City

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