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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kitcar765, Oct 24, 2005.
whats the best bass upgrade?
It would depend for me on what bass we are talking about. For example: Squier P-Bass- new bass. Fodera- N/A(not applicable).
lol! Squier P-Bass- new bass!
Sometimes, the player...
I'm likely to start a big storm here, but with a Squier, I would HIGHLY recommend NOT upgrading the pieces/parts. In my experience (which has all been bad in this case) upgrading a cheap/beginner bass is a waste of money b/c you won't get your money back out of it. You might be better off saving the cash and buying a better bass later on. I have thrown a lot of money away on upgraded/hotrodded parts, and in the end it would have been cheaper to just wait and purchase a better instrument.
That being said, if you LOVE the feel of your bass (and I mean LOVE) then new pickups would be the most change/bang for the buck. Plus, if you know what you're doing, you can always put the original ones back in when it's time to sell and upgrade, and you'll still have your nice new pickups.
Those are my thoughts...
If it plays well, the electronics can make the most immediate difference, then pickups. The bridge can make a big difference. That would be my next change. Wouldn't touch the tuners unless it's neck heavy or the thing won't stay in tune. Knobs.... personal choice... purely astetic.
I completely don't understand the "upgrading" business. I understand replacing broken parts, but replacing perfectly good parts because you're on some nebulous quest for the perfect tone is useless, IMHO. If you don't like the sound of your bass, get a new bass. Replacing pickups and bridges never changes the basic sound of the bass, but I think some people think it will.
But what it WILL do, for sure, is make your bass take a beating on resale value. Especially if it's a Fender.
I think you're wrong there. I've been changing the stock pickups on my Corts since I started buying them. The change from Mightymite to Seymour Duncans is very noticable in the sound
Again, it depends on *which bass* we're talking about. Non-imaginary example: I had a TRB-5II- played well, pretty light & had(IMO)a crappy preamp. A good upgrade *for that bass* would be a decent preamp. If a bass is fairly nice all round, an 'upgrade' is not really one at all. A nice bass w/one particularly poor component might be a good candidate for an upgrade, & an entirely bad bass should be replaced altogether. It doesn't make sense to me to generalize about pickups, pres, etc. Bottom line:The original question is vague.
I agree 100%.
For most people, the best "upgrades" will be a pro set-up, new strings and lessons. Randomly throwing money at a deficient instrument isn't likely to result in your "dream bass."
i would say a hipshot de-tuner, very useful if you play in a band such as mine which downtunes alot. Then perhaps p/ups.
Don't forget strings.
Nothing changes the sound of your bass quicker than different
Well yeah, you're going from MightyMites to Duncans. There would be a pretty big difference between them. MightyMite pickups are nice for the money, but they don't compare to Duncans. Even an anti-modder like me would tell you to replace them.
+1 on Fender resale value drop.
As for "upgrading" a bass and the reasons for this, I'd say that part of it is that it's fun! But that, of course, depends on if you enjoy that kind of thing.
yeah, there's my point, although they do have a good sound witht he right setup I find
New strings and a proper set-up will take you far.
This is my Squier. It's one of the best basses i've ever played.
So, definately i'd vote for new pickups.
The best, most effective upgrade is the weakest part of any instrument. Impossible to say what tthat is untill you get an instrument in your hands. If more than one upgrade is needed (maybe two if they are both easy/cheap), then offload it and get an instrument with fewer faults.
note: I am not against modding instruments, just mod as little as needed.