Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI pups - Anyone change them?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by FromTheBassMent, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. FromTheBassMent

    FromTheBassMent Those who can, play bass.

    Jan 19, 2010
    Providence, RI
    Now that the Pawn Shop Bass VI has been around for a while, I'm wondering if anyone else has considered doing some experimentation with replacement pickups. Particularly, I find that I do not care at all for the tone of the bridge Jazzmaster pup... way too nasal and pinched for my taste. Has anyone tried any one of the many replacements Jazzmaster pups on the market in that position (e.g., Duncan, Rio Grande)? I'd like to hear more bass and more articulation in the high end... that pickup should sparkle, and the stock humbucker does not.

    Also, I wouldn't mind a little more brightness out of the instrument overall, as I'm using it for vintage country tic-tac, surf-a-billy and folkadelic... so I am up for some twang. Can this be achieved with a change in the tone cap? (I'm asking that question like I know what I'm talking about... but I actually have no idea.)
  2. negativefx

    negativefx complete hack

    Feb 18, 2013
    Fort Collins
    Waiting to hear back from my Fender buddy but he built a few custom VIs and did not use the standard Pawn Shop VI pickups. I'll post the answer when I hear back from him.
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