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Building a MM 5 string copy

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Rigz, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. Rigz


    Dec 23, 2013
    Hey everyone! I'm needing a bit of advice on what to do with this new project. A friend I mine gave me the neck and body of a Stingray copy, no maker on the headstock possibly a warmoth, and I need direction! I've owned nothing but a couple lower end basses and I'm striving to make this guitar the best possible bass she can be.

    As far as pickups, I'm not looking for something such as a pre-ernie ball musicman tone. I'm looking for something with good midrange that packs a punch. I want a lot of definition and clarity from the pickups. I want it to cut well through two other guitar players. I'm very inexperienced with this sort of thing, so excuse all my questions.

    The pots he gave me have a 3-band preamp attached, if an unknown maker, and I'm wondering if I should go the route of installing a preamp. Any and all advice GREATLY appreciated.

    Example tone:


    Bass sounds great and cuts throughout, with a clear example @6:30. I know he's using an American spector.
  2. Gjbl


    Nov 24, 2013
    I teach bass at guitar center
    I tried to do this but there's a giant road block... The bridge ... No one but Lakland and mm make Them and that's what keeps the low b so taught there's no better 5 string for feel because of the angles used in that bridge I've been hunting for just a bridge offering hundreds of dollars plus badass bridge replacement to dozens of people. It's impossible to find. Best of luck
  3. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Building Frankensteined basses is a lot of fun ...

    You can get a lot of parts on ebay.

    Seymour Duncan makes a good Stingray 3 band preamp.
  4. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008