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Can I (should I) do this ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gman, Feb 18, 2001.

  1. Gman


    Jan 4, 2000
    Indianapolis, IN
    I have a G&L SB-1 that I love the feel of, but here lately I've been wishing I had more of a Jazz bass tone. For those not familiar, the SB-1 has a P pickup.

    Well, I was just looking at a BassPlayer mag, and was looking at the Stu Hamm Urge II, with the P bass and jazz pickups. Would I be crazy to even try to put Jazz pups in addition to the P pickup ?

    Looks to me like there is room for 'em. Any thoughts ?

  2. mark


    Apr 7, 2000
    Sounds like something I'd do.....go for it. Things can only get better.
  3. craigb

    craigb G&L churnmeister Supporting Member

    I have (for the time being - until the payment arrives or I decide the person has flaked out and find another buyer) an SB-1 as well. The one thing that looks different to me about the Urge is that the P-pickup looks like it is farther towards the bridge than the P-pickup on a standard P-bass. I had always thought (not necessarily correctly) that he P and the J neck pickups were pretty much in the same spot.

    You might want to try just adding the J bridge pickup first and see if that gives you enough J character. Just a thought.
  4. why not just get an SB-2?

    I think it would be easier to do that than routing a new pickup hole, installing a new pickup and then having the value go down along with it.

    The SB-2 is a great bass, and I think the addition of the J pickup does a lot for it.

  5. I agree. The SB-2 sounds really close to a Jazz with the addition of the second pickup. It seems the SB-2 bridge pickup is EQ'd to account for the other pickup being a P instead of another J, consequently it seems to sound more like a Jazz bass than most P/J setups.

    I wonder if you could talk G&L into selling you a SB-2 bridge pickup. They don't sell certain parts, but I know they sell their Legacy Strat style guitar pickups separately.

    If you want to get close to a Jazz Bass tone from the G&L, I think your best bet is to have that other G&L pickup.
  6. Gman


    Jan 4, 2000
    Indianapolis, IN
    All good points. Thanks for the input.

    I have had an SB-2 in the past. If I remember correctly, it was a #6 neck, and just didn't fit my hand very well. This SB-1 fits alot better.

    I have been looking around for an SB-2. I'll get another one if I can find a good used one. Maybe I'd be better of to just leave it alone.

    Thanks for the input.


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