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Help me design an electronics scheme for my bass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by fourstringbliss, Jan 19, 2013.


  1. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    I own one of these basses:

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    and I've been intrigued by a conversation here on TB about three pickup basses and another about adding a Ric neck pup to a bass.

    The idea that I have is to replace the current J neck pup with another MM installed so that the rear coil is at the 36th fret location (Ric bridge spot) and install a J pup at the 24th fret location (Ric neck spot). I figure if I use the rear coil on the middle pup and the J pup I ought to get someting in Ric territory. I know it won't sound just like a Ric but close enough for me. I could then use the front coil on the middle pup and either of the coils on the rear pup and get into Jazz territory. Again, not exactly, but close enough. I know there will be hum issues, but good shielding should take care of a lot of that.

    How should I do the electronics? I want to have maximum versatility.

    Originally I had thought to install three push/push pots so each pickup would have an on/off switch and a tone control. I already have a coil split switch for the rear pup so I'd just need to install another one for the middle pup.

    Another idea would be to have a regular tone control for the neck, push/push tone for the middle, and regular tone for the rear pup, and use a 5-way pickup selector switch.

    The other idea would be volume/tone stacks for each pickup and an additional coil split switch.

    What do you think I should do?
     
  2. Stealth

    Stealth

    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
  3. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    I forgot about that. I'm not so much wondering about the overall idea but about wiring designs.
     
  4. Stealth

    Stealth

    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    I threw my suggestion in there. I hope someone from the Wiring Team gets here and gives you more ideas. :D
     
  5. llldino

    llldino

    Dec 16, 2012
    If I were to attempt something this radical, I'd probably have 3 vol pots, a 5 way switch controlling the pickups and a master tone.
     
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