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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Two-Spirit, Dec 6, 2018.
Because I took it out last summer :O0
Expensive pickups in a cheapo? I picked up a Squier Bullet that looked like the illegitimate offspring of a Tele, a Les Paul, and an ES175 for $65 a number of years ago. It was mostly in baggies and was completely disassembled. It had two crappy Strat single coils and a crappy humbucker at the neck. It now has a somewhat sparkly green rattle can finish, new frets, two Lace Alumitone single coil shaped pickups and a P-Rail with extra switching so I can run it as either a P-90 or rail, or both parallel or both in series. There's a whole lot more in the pickups than in the guitar, and it's probably worth what I paid for the baggies of bits in the first place.
Bill Lawrence P then a Steve Harris SD P in an SX P short scale that I bought for $100.
Both sounded so good, they convinced me to sell the SX due to scale length and join the P Bass club (which now runs a Gzr).
Actually mine on EBay was a fender P bass knock off, even the headstock. Told my wife if it useless she can turn it into yard art or a mailbox stand lol
Woah! That's a VERY cool looking bass...
aftermarket alder P-body, Squier jazz neck and some 83 Fender Pickups and wow she sounds great! $200 bass...easy to play and great sounding...Priceless! lol
hmmmm... this is a timely question! I am currently pondering just such a thing (see this thread)
Pickups are now the *last* thing I'll think of upgrading on a bass. Especially on a P bass. Pickups are magnets and wire, too many times I've found out the stock ones were just as good as the 3 figure replacements.
My £130 (in 1986) EKO BX-7 came with OEM DiMarzio pickups. It now has a german OBL P-60 P, a QP J and some homebrew electronics...
Dimarzio Model P in a Squier II plywood bass.
SD QP's in a Crate P Bass copy. One of those basses that comes in a beginner kit.
2002 ESP LTD B-304. was $425. Mahogany body, flame maple top, 5 piece neck thru. I put EMG Dual Coils and an EMG Pre-amp. Current LTD basses with the same woods I think list for $1100, and now come stock with EMGs
Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder PJ-set in a Squier Affinity PJ, perfect punk-rock bass.
So true!! The most expensive I've ever tried was the Fender Original 62's in a $60 P that I made fretless, sorry guys, my ears just do not tell the difference in more expensive pickups, can't see spending more on them. I do however change the pots, caps and jacks on everything I buy that has the cheap small junk in it!!
To me the question is not which chea-pass bass you upgraded, or why. The answer to both seems self evident.
To me the question is why spend thousands on a bass that needs upgrading?
Nordstrand NP4 in a Stagg P copy. About 1:1 in terms of cost. The sound was different, but not necessarily better.
Same NP4 moved on to an Apollo J which was converted into a PJJ. Got that bass for about $100 used, but it was imo much better than the Stagg.
More recently, a used DiMarzio Model P (about $40) in a pawnshop Silvertone P ($50), converted into a reverse PP in its last incarnation. That was fun, the original P was also a ceramic P and the two paired quite well.
The neck from the Silvertone is now on a mule, which is a red cedar 2x4 (from a porch restoration project) converted into a body. I tried a variety of pickups with it, from a range of price points (EMG Js, Kent Armstrong MM...). A lot of fun, and sounded surprisingly well
Pawn shop affinity P, now sporting a ToneRider Precision Plus (which is allegedly the Classic Vibe P-bass pickup). The rules didn't say it had to be an expensive aftermarket pickup, after all, and the ToneRider is a really good pickup.
Bartolini pickup in an old Hondo p-bass. Thing sounds NIICCEEE.
An Aria Pro ll Precise Bass I had given to me with no electronics.
I had a bridge route done and added a Bill Lawrence Wilde PJ set of pick ups. It plays and sounds awesome.
CS60 in a Squier Affinity (an older P-bass Affinity, not the current P/J). HUGE improvement. The neck profile is a bit thin front-to-back for my taste but soundwise I would have absolutely no problems with gigging or recording with this bass now.
Antiquity II in a Squier CV50. Slight improvement, tighter lows, less muddy, a bit more upper mids to cut through the mix but the stock pickup actually wasn't that bad by comparison. The bass sounds pretty amazing now but it was a lot of money for a rather small improvement. I should probably add that my Antiquity II is WAY out of spec, severely overwound, actually a bit shocking that it got through QC as the value given on the packaging was actually how the pickup measured. So they must have measured and approved it at the factory. WAY overwound. So that probably explains the boost in the upper mids. Luckily it turned out great as these basses do tend to lack a bit of "cut" and the extra mids actually made it slightly more versatile.