Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Mofo-Kang, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. Mofo-Kang


    Aug 26, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    I got one of these a while back through Ebay, and I have to say something about it just doesn't "speak" to me. I'm thinking about maybe swapping its pickup and electronics out for a Duncan replacement p-up and their Stingray replacement preamp. Think it would be worth it? Or would the difference probably be so subtle it wouldn't be? It seems like SUBs are pretty well respected around here, so maybe it'd be case of spending way too much money for way too little change/improvement? Thoughts?
  2. silen7ce


    Dec 11, 2006
    Depending on how much you spent on it I would sell it and try getting a real MM.
  3. Sharko


    Jun 18, 2009
    Washington, DC
    So wait, your suggestion is that instead of spending a few hundred bucks to upgrade to excellent electronics he should spend a thousand bucks to upgrade to not-as-excellent electronics?

    The SUB is pretty rad. I wouldn't trade it, but upgrade away if you want.
  4. The price point between upgrading a SUB and buying a Sterling by MusicMan is marginal.
    SUB = 4 or 500, + 100/150 or more for electronics.
    New Sterling by MusicMan = 600-720.
  5. Mofo-Kang


    Aug 26, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    That would be "upgrading" from a "Ernie Ball Music Man SUB" to a "Sterling By Music Man," which I think would be more of a lateral move than an upgrade. As far as I can see, they're much the same thing (an attempt at a budget-priced line by Ernie Ball's Music Man). If you're talking about upgrading to a REAL Sterling, the price would be more than double what the SUB is likely to be worth.

    In any case, quibbling about that is not answering my question: is the pickup and electronics in a SUB close in quality to the Seymour Duncan pickup/preamp, or not?
  6. Mofo-Kang


    Aug 26, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    No one has an opinion on that?