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Converting PB to PBoom!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by T-34, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. T-34


    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    I had this huge Fender reissue humbucker lying around for maybe 3 years now (the same they put into the current Squier TB and Mustang Pawnshop basses).
    Finally, it will find its place in one of my frankenbasses, I am in the process of making all the necessary mods :)

    Ok, this is the bass as it was a year ago: it was assembled from a Fender MIM neck, a noname PJ-styled body, a Squier affinity pickguard, Dimarzio pickups and hardware of various origins.

    The humbucker will replace the PB pickup, in the same way they did it with Pawn Shop Mustang.

    I am not far from the end of this project, what's already done:

    Pickup cavity adapted for the humbucker

    New pickguard is made

    And it fits :hyper:

    What's left is electronics, it will stay passive but I'll try to spice it up a little, the details are yet to come :)
    I'll post the updates as soon as the project advances :)
  2. T-34


    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    The only thing I am afraid of is the lack of balance between the J and the HB (much more powerful).

    What do you guys think, am I a fool or not too much? :D
  3. deeptubes


    Feb 21, 2011
    That looks like one of the pickups in the Modern Player Tele, which I really like but people describe as completely lacking any high end. However, placement is very different - bridge and base of neck, not centered like yours.

    How does it sound?
  4. T-34


    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    That's the same pickup, you're right. And I have absolutely no idea how it will sound in this position :)
    I am hoping to recover some mids and highs due to the different position and parallel switching but only time will tell if I was right (or not). Hopefully, the bass will be finished soon!
  5. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Only one way to find out " Git er done "
  6. T-34


    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    Oh, I forgot to mention the most important mod to come: fake perloid block inlay stickers for the fretboard :D
  7. T-34


    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    And in the worst case if the result is really terrible, I can put the PB pickup and the original pickguard back.
  8. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I've been thinking of doing something similar, but different; put the humbucker near the end of the fingerboard (exact location TBD), and use reverse-P p'ups. The goal is a fat, yet articulate sound. Volume, blend, passive tone control, variable high-pass filter.

    I'll be following your build, hoping for sound clips! ;)
  9. NOVAX


    Feb 7, 2009
    I think you should grab a basslines hot stack for the bridge-
  10. Dave in LB

    Dave in LB

    Feb 11, 2011
    So Cal
    I did something similar about 28 years ago with my BB300. Added EMG PJs, then decided I needed an EMG HB in the neck position my bass teacher had sold back to a music shop. Had the J pup wired to a push/pull pot that serves as master treble control too. I can mix traditional P, J, PJ, and blends of all + HB. Sounds soooo goood. Hope yours works out as well.

  11. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Go for it!
    Might be great, you never know!
  12. T-34


    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    Going forward with passive electronics,

    From left to right:
    * red thingy is a 3-way pickup switch (neck-both-bridge)
    * blue one is a series-parallel switch for humbucker coils
    * volume pot (500K log Alpha)
    * tone pot (500K log Alpha) and 0.05 capacitor
    * 1/4" jack socket


    And that's all, the bass is finished :)

    I plan to make some sound clips and post here :hyper:

    How does it sound? Well this humbucker is insane, alot of output and mud in series mode, a little better behaved in parallel, and well tamed when used together with the bridge pickup (Dimarzio "Model J" DP123).

    More details later!
    dannnnn likes this.
  13. I await clips :)
  14. T-34


    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    Give me couple of days :)
  15. I love that no-name body! Where did you get it?
  16. T-34


    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    I don't even remember, only that it was dirt cheap :D

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