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Help With Mids and Highs

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Ken J, Jul 19, 2012.


  1. Ken J

    Ken J Hartford Hot Several Brass Band

    Aug 19, 2011
    Middlefield, CT
    I’m looking for some advice on a jazz pick up and/or strings. One of my project basses (Short Scale Squire Jaguar) is nearly complete and the result is it’s thunderous. The bass plays like a standup bass it’s not muddy there’s a lot of response and as much sustain as I can expect from nylon coated strings. But I’m missing some mids and highs. The following is a list of up-grades



    • ROTOSOUND RS88S SHORT SCALE BLACK NYLON BASS STRINGS 65-115
    • Seymour Duncan SPB3 Quarter Pound P Bass Pickup
    • Seymour Duncan SJB-3b Quarter Pound Jazz Bass PICKUP
    • (2) ea. CTS 250k Audio MINI Potentiometer Volume Tone Pot
    • CTS 500k Audio MINI Potentiometer Volume Tone Pot
    • HIPSHOT "A" Chrome Brass Bass Bridge
    • Custom fretless neck with an aged bone nut. The neck is copied from the original. This is a maple neck with the skunk stripe and rose wood board just like the original.

    She’s not completed yet. I’m looking at nobs and a decal for the head.
    Any feedback will be appreciated thank you.
     

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  2. Stealth

    Stealth

    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Change the volume pots for 500k linear ones. The 500k resistance will give you the mids and highs, the linear taper will give you better control over the sweep of the volume. You can keep the 500k audio as a tone pot.
     
  3. Ken J

    Ken J Hartford Hot Several Brass Band

    Aug 19, 2011
    Middlefield, CT
    Thanks for the come back.
    Any advice on product line? I have mini pots but can route out for full size if needed.
     
  4. Ken J

    Ken J Hartford Hot Several Brass Band

    Aug 19, 2011
    Middlefield, CT
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Talk about being able to reach out.
    Love this comunity.
     
  5. Stealth

    Stealth

    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Alpha, Bourns or CTS, any of them should work fine. Pick either mini pots or full size ones, whichever you prefer - I prefer Jazzes with two full pots (volumes) and one minipot (tone).
     
  6. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I would recommend against the quarter pounds. I found them to be boomy on the bottom end and kind of harsh sounding up high. The seemed kind of mid scooped.
     
  7. Ken J

    Ken J Hartford Hot Several Brass Band

    Aug 19, 2011
    Middlefield, CT
    I’m keeping the precision pickups their just fine but yes you’re right about the jazz. I’m looking for recommendations on the jazz to pair up with the precision. My intent was a thumpy low end short scale but I think I created a monster with both pickups being Bass Lines.
     
  8. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    IMHO, tapewounds just aren't going to deliver the mids and highs - regardless of pickups, I'd be giving some roundwounds a shot...
     
  9. Ken J

    Ken J Hartford Hot Several Brass Band

    Aug 19, 2011
    Middlefield, CT
    Copy that.
     
  10. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Are you looking for a noiseless pickup?
     
  11. Ken J

    Ken J Hartford Hot Several Brass Band

    Aug 19, 2011
    Middlefield, CT
    Single coil pick ups would be fine.
     
  12. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    This was my first thought as well.

    And I have the SD Basslines on my Jazz 24, and they can be 'tamed' by using the on-board 3-band EQ. But if you don't want to go that route, changing the Jazz p'up might be a better option.
     
  13. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Rio Grande makes a killer Jazz pickup, in two flavors, Vintage and Muy Grande. The Muy Grande is by far my favorite pickups for a Jazz Bass.
     
  14. Ken J

    Ken J Hartford Hot Several Brass Band

    Aug 19, 2011
    Middlefield, CT
    I see a Muy Grande for J-Bass Bridge for $75.00 on Ebay. Checking to see if the dimensions work.
     

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