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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Two-Spirit, Dec 6, 2018 at 1:00 PM.
$100 for strings?
pickups would be the first thing to replace if the piece felt great but sounded so-so/bad. once you decide to upgrade parts on a would-be player: the world is your oyster.
Not a bass but my $45 pawn shop Silvertone guitar has EMG 81/85's in it because I had some laying around.
Bartolini’s in a Squier VM P.
One I got free from a garage sale,last hour of the last day.Everything must go.Possibly a hondo II p bass.I had a dimarzio a guy had given me in trade of a beat snare drum.
I put a Carvin jazz pickup in a 2x4. Action's a little high, but it sounds great!
Don't have any pictures, but I used it in a music video recently. Good fun
Mine would be the bass in my pic to the left. It's a Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS. I paid $179.99 for it. It has Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder PJ pickups in it in addition to a Vintage Relic Jazz Bass pre-wired upgrade harness.
While we're on the subject of cheap basses let me point out that I think the one thing that should be changed on all cheap basses is the wiring harness, pots and jack. This is one thing that I guarantee you the manufacturer is going to use the absolute cheapest parts that they can find to use and you really want to at least upgrade them a little.
I have a MIJ Squier SQ Jazz bass I paid $75 for, and I put in Bartolini PUs (and a Hipshot Extender).
EMG P/J's in a Squier Affinity.
It's one of my favourite basses...
Mojotone Lipstick Tube into a Squier Bronco.
Pickup cost as much as the bass does secondhand. Worth it.
AHHH! Your bass has a brand-name , mine won't . It's a fullest bass sounds for deeper appreciation of musics at EBay. We will share the same GFS pick up however. BTW, your bass was $5 cheaper
Seymour Duncans(bought on sale and lying around in the music room) in an SX at a gig during the "wasted time" between early setup and play hours later:
I'm much more positive about typical 16mm Alpha pots than many people, but I can't +1 replacing the jack enough.
I got a CV 50s Precision for $99CDN on Boxing Day and have installed an Artec mudbucker, a TV Jones Thunderblade, and most recently a McNelly single-coil P Bass pickup (all simultaneously, not one after the other): total cost about $450CDN. In my case, money well spent!
DiMarzio Model P in a 1981 Hondo II, EMG Geezer Butlers in a 1994 MIM Black Label P.
Both cheaper basses, both sound amazing now, and I regularity play both on weekend gigs.
Sadowsky hum canceling pickups in a MIM jazz body I got off Reverb. The neck came off a p-bass I got cheap on Craigslist from another TBer. They’re the growliest things I’ve ever heard.
DiMarzio DP-127s in an SX short-scale "P".
DiMarzio DP-123s in an SX short-scale "J".
Each bass was in the $75-$100 price range, the pups, $100-$120 (per bass).
MIM Jazz, Basslines SJ5-3s (quarter-pound) on recommendation from the guitar player at the time-- he even installed them for me. This was many years ago, not even sure I like them that much, but I don't play that bass much anymore anyways. Otherwise, I don't change pickups, the stock ones always sound fine to me.
I put a Hammon DarkStar in my Classic Vibe P.
Saw mine on the clearance rack at the local GC. How can you say no at that price? Especially with that utterly bizarre pickguard.
(I’ve been told you may see this same bass with other names on the headstock as well. Guess this model gets around.)