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Have U added a pickup to a bass?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Jsonnenblick, Mar 21, 2001.


  1. Hi. I have a slight problem: through the weird twists that occur in bass trading, I now have 2 Stingray-style basses -- a Sterling and a G&L L-1505. It bugs me, though, to be without a neck pickup, partly for tonal options, and partly for right-hand placement when I play.

    So I'm thinking of adding a pickup to one of these basses.

    Has anyone out there done this to a bass, or paid to have it done? What were the costs? The results? Would you do the modification again?

    Thanks. . .
     
  2. I've done a few. it involves routing the hole for the pickup, and the channel for the wire to run through, and of course you may want a switch and/or blend control mounted for pickup selection/blend. placement will be important in terms of tone also. i was working for somebody else when i did it, so i'm not sure of the cost, but i think it was in the range of $200-$250, plus the cost of parts.

    This is a modification that should be done by an experienced technician.
    Yes, i do like a neck pickup also, so it's a modification that i would do to one of my basses.
     
  3. I did it back when I was like 16 or so. Didn't own a router, so I broke out the jig-saw. :D I do not recommend anyone else do what I did. If you are good at woodworking and have the proper tools, then go for it, if not, pay someone.

    Chris

    Here's the victim. I still own it. Sounds cool.

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    I added the Fender humbucker near the bridge.

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    Back view
     
  4. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member


    You have my word on it, Chris! Was it blotter or windowpane that hit town when that was "refinished"? ;) ;)
     
  5. Tuomas

    Tuomas

    Mar 14, 2000
    Helsinki, Finland
    I took a stingray to a luthier to install a bartolini J-style into the neck position. I had the pickup for free from my friend and the luthier did it for me for some 20$ but we're family, so... It's a nice addition, although the resale value will be gone. I actually use the j-pickup quite a lot. It's gives nice worm and mellow booty to the sharp and punchy musicman sound. But to be serious, i don't recommend doing all that if you aren't 110% sure that it is what you want to do.
     
  6. I added a bridge pickup to my Eko semi acoustic (EB2 style but completely hollow), and an extra middle pickup (Kent Armstrong soapbar humbucker) to my Hohner B2A , strangely enough, to get a stingray-like sound.

    both of the basses are cheap, so I did it with a power drill with a reaming bit and wood chisels:eek:- NOT recommended on any bass worth anything!
    the Eko looks good, but the Hohner's paint is a bit blistered.
    it's best to get a tech to do routing on any bass that's already finished.
     
  7. Actually, I think it was the fumes from the glue. :D

    Chris