I've been a pick player for years now, but I've been taking lessons and improving my fingerstyle playing for about a year now. I'm feeling confident enough to start using my fingers while playing with my metal band, but I can't quite get the tone I'm looking for Cliff Burton's tone on Ride The Lightning sounds great to me and fits my style And I've always dug the bass sound from an old local band You can hear it pretty clearly at 1:27 The closest I've ever been to either of those tones, was playing my Squier Jazz bass entirely on the bridge position, and rolling back the tone knob to almost 10% Here's a sample of me playing over one of Abaxial's tunes: Still, I feel like something is missing So I contacted Abaxial's bassist via Facebook, and asked what gear he used to record that album. Turns out he replaced the neck pickup of an Epiphone Rockbass (pretty much a Jazz Bass) with a DiMarzio DP120 (DiMarzio's equivalent of an EB Pickup, a mudbucker) Makes sense, since that's basically the same pickup setup as Burton's Rickenbacker: A jazz at the bridge, a mudbucker at the neck So I'm tempted to do the very same thing I've been gasing for a Squier Vintage Modified Precision Jazz for a while now, since I've always loved the sound of a classical precision pickup, and I don't own any 4 strings basses Thing is, if I buy that bass, I won't be willing to sacrifice the precision pickup, since that's the reason I want it in the first place. I'm wondering if I can get that bass, and put a DiMarzio DP120 as close to the neck as possible, as in a Gibson EB, and still get the tone I'm looking for Sure, it would look ugly as hell, but it would be a really versatile bass. What worries me is if the extra distance between the Jazz pickup and the mudbucker is going to ruin the tone I'm looking for when I mix them together The alternative is to just buy a jazz bass, and replace the neck pickup with the DP120. But then I'll end up buying two basses, cause I won't give up on the Squier VM PJ So, what do you guys think? Could my 3 pickups frankenstein Squier idea work, or is buying 2 separate basses a safer bet? Please let me know if there are any problems with what I'm trying to do. My knowledge of electronics is non-existent, but I've read that mudbuckers are kind of problematic (something about phasing perhaps? I'm not sure) Needless to say, I'll take whatever bass I choose to a tech to do the pickup swap hahaha Regards!