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Jack Casady bass - alternative pickup suggestions

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Ruined Eye, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. Ruined Eye

    Ruined Eye

    Jan 19, 2014
    Hi everyone

    I have an Epiphone Jack Casady bass (in gold) which I'm well pleased with, and am looking for a practical reason to get a black one. I'm wondering what alternative pickup would make a significant difference to the sound (particularly as I predominantly play heavy music with Big Muff distortion, and sometimes Boss ODB-3).

    The JC sounds great and plays really nicely, so I'm trying to justify my BAS.... I do already have a 4003 and a 4004, so that Rickenbacker sound is well covered!

    It may well be that with my sound nothing much will make a great difference, in which case I may as well either stick with gold or buy a black one and try to justify it to myself in some way:)

    Any thoughts any of you might have will be gratefully appreciated.

    And apologies if this thread has already been discussed....
  2. Ric5

    Ric5 SUSPENDED Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    How about an SG mudbucker or a model one EB0 pickup?
  3. Grissle


    May 17, 2009
    How about totally different strings?
  4. Toptube

    Toptube Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    Take some pepto and pass the GAS.

    Sounds like you have a nice array of basses. I'd suggest giving each one some quality time and really decide whether or not you like them/can use them for what you play.;)
  5. Ruined Eye

    Ruined Eye

    Jan 19, 2014
    Hey Toptube, that is probably the best suggestion:) Personally I think of it as BAS! Fair point, time to go and play my basses and make them work, and not my wallet.

    Thanks guys, but any other thoughts will be helpful.
  6. rfslick


    Dec 31, 2008
    Benicia, CA. USA
    Well...you have a pair of Rics, you should also have a pair of JCs!

    Besides all that, you want it! She'll get over it.....some day!
  7. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
  8. The me the pickup is one of the best things about this bass and contributes to the overall synergy of them. If you want a 2nd one in black, get it and put La Bella Deep Talkin' black tape wounds on it and flats of your choice on Goldie .
  9. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Mike Watt plays short-scale Gibsons with MM-style p'ups in the sweet spot, roughly where the p'up is on a Cassady. One is a Lane Poor and I think the other is a Bartolini. I think I read that he was also using a cheap Kent Armstrong MM at some point. He pairs them with Aguilar OBP-3 preamps and gets a very aggressive sound - perfect for heavy music.

    Another possible way to justify it might be this: you want one!
  10. topcat2069


    Dec 2, 2007
    Palm Springs