Help with pickups on two basses

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by thevintagesound, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. I have a SX jazz bass with Dimarzio Model J's, 500k pots as my backup bass. My main bass is an Epi Tbird. I AB'd the two basses and my jazz was about half the volume of the tbird. What could I do to fix this? The Tbird just sounds huge, the dimarzio's are supposed to sound big as well.

    If I could only find a set of Epi Tbird pickups ... :crying:
  2. A9X

    A9X Inactive

    Dec 27, 2003
    Turn up the volume control on your amp.
  3. Raise the pickups?
  4. Generally when you AB something or want to use them both at a show, you dont want to have to worry about adjusting the amp or pedals. That defeats the purpose.
  5. sonicnuance

    sonicnuance Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 30, 2003
    California, USA
    Engineer & Owner, Sonic Nuance Electronics
    I had a similar issue which I solved. I recommend the following solutions:

    1) a boost pedal and an ab switch (I use a Boss GE7B to adjust the volume and eq my passive bass). I built a passive AB switch but several companies make these.

    2) Radial Bassbone. Very nice but I wanted more eq control and have a Jensen xformer DI so I didn't need it. Expensive but quality stuff.

    3) EBS Microbass II - never tried it, very expensive

    4) ab switch in front of a multi effect pedal where you hit a patch that changes volumes.

    5) put a preamp in the low volume bass

    good luck
  6. A9X

    A9X Inactive

    Dec 27, 2003
    Changing the pickups for ones that are hotter will change the tone. Use a grease pencil and mark the settings for the two basses on the amp. Will take 2 secs and you're already changing instruments which will take longer than that.
  7. I'm not too worried about changing a jazz bass' tone to something else. I'd love to see what a set of tbird pickups sound like in a jazz bass.