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Mike Dirnt P bass Club - both Fender and Squier welcome.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by A. D. Fairhurst, Jun 14, 2015.


  1. Ace of bass

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  2. Good!

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  3. OK

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  4. Meh

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  5. Poor

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  6. Bad

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  7. It did a better job as firewood than as a bass

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  1. EdBo

    EdBo

    May 10, 2015
    Springfield, Ohio
    *Peace be with You*
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    I ordered one of the LE Tele's from M.F. at XMas. At the same time I also ordered a Mike Dirnt Loaded Pickguard (I know nothing loads into the Pickguard, lol)from Stratosphere that includes Pickups and controls/Plate.
    I've been wanting a Fender Mike Dirnt with a Maple fretboard but can't never quite get enough Gas $$ together so when I found an open Box LE Tele I jumped on it. I'm so happy that I got it and I got a really good one also. The neck is sweet, being 1.594" at the nut. They were spec'ed on MF as being 1.625" and it was a bonus to me that it was advertised in error. It has a chunkier/deeper C shape by almost 1/10th of an inch over my 2 Squier Mike Dirnt's. The truss rod adjustment is is at the headstock instead of the heal but, I prefer it anyway.
    Glad I ordered a Vintage 59 pickup for it because the stock pickup wasn't "Seismic Sounding" it SUCKED badly. It was Cheesy w/ Ceramic bar magnets and wound to a weak 4.9 K. The Vintage 59 is wound to a warm 10.85 K and uses Alnico 5 magnets/pole pieces.
    I also did a string thru mod on a 5 screw Babicz Bridge, drilled the body and added string ferules.
    With a case and all the mods I have $700.00 in it. It only weighs 8 lbs 6 oz in comparison to the 10 lb average of a Fender Mike Dirnt.
    I'm very happy with my Butterscotch Grind Machine.
     
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  2. staurosjohn

    staurosjohn Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2010
    Nottingham, MD
    Haha... I’ll let you know... I’m 56- not too many good years left! :smug:;):laugh::thumbsup:
     
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  3. staurosjohn

    staurosjohn Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2010
    Nottingham, MD
    Nice mods! ... only thing missing is a set of Lollipop tuners!! :laugh::):cool:
     
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  4. bovinehost

    bovinehost Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball Music Man/Sterling By Music Man
    I have a good feeling about this bass.
     
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  5. staurosjohn

    staurosjohn Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2010
    Nottingham, MD
    You may be feeling ‘er in ur hands very soon! :bassist:
     
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  6. leonvdb

    leonvdb

    Jul 19, 2013
    Hi guys,

    Does anyone know if the newer version (from 2013) Fender pickguards fit on the Squier or is there a bit of sanding/filing needed?

    Cheers
     
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  7. EdBo

    EdBo

    May 10, 2015
    Springfield, Ohio
    *Peace be with You*
    I finally got a new, inexpensive Fender Original '62 P Bass Pickup to compare with the elusive Vintage 59 Pickup that come in a Fender Mike Dirnt P Basses.
    I am now 98% certain that these are the same pickup, after comparing them visually, dc resistance measurements and playing/listening to them in the same P Bass. I also now have each installed in 2 very similar P Basses. The only physical/visual difference I found between them is that the 59's are Roadworn/Reliced and the Original 62's are factory fresh with the the Brass Plate. If there is any difference in them sonically, it is negligible and I can't hear it. I would be 100% certain if I had someway of testing the Inductance and Q.
    This is very good news for me and others who love the tone/growl of the Vintage 59. I have two 59's(10.85k and 10.91k ohms) that I purchased thru Stratosphere for $90 and $130 w/ pickguard and control's/plate (3 & 6 months ago). The 62 Original measures 10.93k ohms(Spec'ed @ 10.5k).
    The Fender Original 62 P Bass Pickup can be had for $60 to $70 everywhere.
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    Last edited: Jul 31, 2019
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  8. FilipL82

    FilipL82

    Sep 11, 2016
    Belgium
    A5F9DE96-E1E6-4ED9-A0A1-E70C0E5A47C0.jpeg Very very happy with my Fender Dirnt Roadworn from 2013. Great nitro finish (lovely ‘cracks’), fantastic Badass Bridge, fat but playable neck and awesome ‘59 pickups.
    I mostly fit my P’s with SD Quarter Pounders, the ‘59’s highs are less harsh and more oldschool sounding.
     
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  9. billyofcourse

    billyofcourse

    Jan 8, 2018
    I just picked up one of the fender ones with a maple fretboard a few days ago. Absolutely loving it so far.
     
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  10. FilipL82

    FilipL82

    Sep 11, 2016
    Belgium
    I’ve put a neck with a maple fretboard from the stratosphere on mine and I love it even more now!
     
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  11. Sandman64

    Sandman64

    Sep 9, 2015
    What's the poundage MD RWB?
     
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  12. FilipL82

    FilipL82

    Sep 11, 2016
    Belgium
    Mine is 4kg sharp , very reasonable for a large bass
     
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  13. EdBo

    EdBo

    May 10, 2015
    Springfield, Ohio
    *Peace be with You*
    You seem to have got blessed with a very lite one. Most of them I've seen are in the 9 pound range and closer to 10.
     
  14. FilipL82

    FilipL82

    Sep 11, 2016
    Belgium
    I’ve seen other Roadworn versions in the 8.5-9 range, always ask the exact weight before you but if possible. Anyone knows
    why you Fender sell the rosewood fretboards in Europe and the maple fretboards in the USA? I ordered my maple neck from the Stratosphere as I couldn’t find them anywhere in the EU.
     
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  15. Sandman64

    Sandman64

    Sep 9, 2015
    Great thanks guys.
     
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  16. snowblinder

    snowblinder

    Jun 16, 2008
    Wisconsin
    Just recently joined the club. Say hello to my new favorite bass:

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  17. melloncollie

    melloncollie Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2016
    I’m a big fan of the sound of the road worn dirnt bass but the feel leaves me a little cold. Since fender doesn’t sell the pickup separately, is there anything out there that sounds similar to the stock pickup in the roadworn dirnt?
     
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  18. EdBo

    EdBo

    May 10, 2015
    Springfield, Ohio
    *Peace be with You*
    Get one of the inexpensive Fender Originals.
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    I have 3 of the Vintage 59's that were pulled from Dirnt's. I love them but, I recently purchased a Fender Original 62 to test and compare w/ the 59 because they specs are similar and look the same. I can't tell any difference between them tone wise except,the 59 is roadworn/reliced. The original specs/ call sheet for the Dirnt listed a 62 as the pickup. The fender Original can be had for $60 to 70 everywhere.
    I wish I'd have known befor I spent so much money chasing down the 59's pulled from Dirnt's.

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  19. melloncollie

    melloncollie Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2016
    I had no idea! Now I’m intrigued.
     
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  20. EdBo

    EdBo

    May 10, 2015
    Springfield, Ohio
    *Peace be with You*
    I actually got offered another 59 recently for almost the same price as a new original and couldn't pass on it. Never hurts to have a spare. I love the bump in the mid-range in just the right place, they make "Growling Grind Machines". either one will make a Squier sound amazing, IMO.

    Here's my complete Split coil P Bass Pickup rant I wrote around 6 months ago. I kept a copy of it.

    My Split Coil P Bass Pickup Rant.
    I finally got a new, inexpensive Fender Original '62 P Bass Pickup to compare with the elusive Vintage 59 Pickup that come in a Fender Mike Dirnt P Basses.
    I am now 98% certain that these are the same pickup, after comparing them visually, dc resistance measurements and playing/listening to them in the same P Bass. I also now have each installed in 2 very similar P Basses. The only physical/visual difference I found between them is that the 59's are Roadworn/Reliced and the Original 62's are factory fresh with the the Brass Plate. If there is any difference in them sonically, it is negligible and I can't hear it. I would be 100% certain if I had someway of testing the Inductance and Q.
    This is very good news for me and others who love the tone/growl of the Vintage 59. I have two 59's(10.85k and 10.91k ohms) that I purchased thru Stratosphere for $90 and $130 w/ pickguard and control's/plate(3 & 6 months ago). The 62 Original measures 10.93k ohms.
    The Fender Original 62 P Bass Pickup can be had for $60 to $70 everywhere.
    Since the late 80's I would put Active EMG's in all my instruments but, a couple of years ago I became open minded about Passive Split Coil P Bass Pickups after purchasing a Schecter Michael Anthony Signature Bass equipped with Schecter USA Custom Shop MA '78 MonsterTone Pickups w/ Ceramic Bar Magnet's wound to almost 13K. Another very good P w/ Ceramic Bar Magnets I found were the MojoTone Knockout's( also wound to almost 13k). I really thought it was all about Ceramic Magnets till every time I heard a Mike Dirnt P w/ Alnic 5 Rod Magnet's live or recorded I had to find one.
    The Vintage 59(and now the Original 62) is currently is my favorite. 2nd is the Geezer Butler Passive EMG P is really good to my ears also but is wound to a slightly hotter 11.2K, also w/ Alnico 5 Rod Magnet's.
    Rant over.
    If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
    **Peace**
     
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