Brubaker Brute Pickup upgrade - which pots?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by gidbass, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Well, I really like the aesthetics and comfort of my brute, but the sound...not so much.

    So, after saving a bit if gig money, time for a pickup upgrade! I bought this bass to play around with different pickups as I am happy with my other basses.

    I am planning a Lawing JC64 (Convertible™ for J Bass® Neck (JC64)) for the neck, and a nordstrand big man for the bridge.

    I will be removing the active preamp (don't like them) and will be going with a V-V-V-T passive setup. Each coil of the big man will have it's own volume and I'll be using the switch to split the JC64.

    I am thinking a 500K pot for the neck, with each coil of the big man having a 250K pot, but what should I use for the tone pot (thinking 500K)?

    Or is my thinking incorrect on all the pots?

    EDIT: There is a very distinct possibility that I am overthinking this as that is what I normally do...;)

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2017
  2. If you choose one 250k pot and two 500k pots for the volume, then the result will be the same as a standard Jazz bass with two 250k volumes. Changing one of the pots from 500k to 250k, as you have proposed to do, will make things just a hair warmer. Personally, I would rather go for all 500k pots to preserve the high end, but it depends on your preferences.
  3. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
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