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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*
    About a month ago someone on Ebay read my review of the original and sent me thay Spec sheet from the early Dirnt's. I thought , a ha , more evidence.
    I recently found a Custom winder in NewYork that is winding a split coil P pickup with a taller coil/longer pole pieces and winds it all the way to 20 k ohms, using different size wire. It's an even more growly'er pickup but it looses just a little on the very high end. I like it even more than the Dirnt and I roll the tone off the dirnts a little anyway. It was worth the $120 to try and call his bluff but, I can't afford to replace all my split coils with one. It would be a grand, lol. He's got one in his Dirnt and sold me his stock pickup as my spare.
     

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  2. Any idea what the stock pickup in the Squier version Mike Dirnt is (as compared to the 59/62) ?
     
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  3. husky123

    husky123 Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Development Specialist for Bergantino Audio Systems
    This is such great information to know...thank you very much. My RW Dirnt has been my favorite for years. I recently picked up an American Pro with the V-Mods that I like very much but am thinking about trying to find some 59 Custom Shops out of a Dirnt but now I see the light! Might give the 62’s a try if I decide to pull the V-Mods out. We’ll see how they do with the band in context.
     
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  4. EdBo

    EdBo

    May 10, 2015
    Springfield, Ohio
    *Peace be with You*
    I do. I have 2 Squier Dirnts and I still have one of the stock pickups. They are alnico 5 magnets but only wound to 6.5 to 7 K ohms DC resistance. IMO it's not a bad or cheap pickup but, not very hot and don't have the low-mid growl that the Fender has. I changed mine out to active EMG's soon after I got them 4-5 years ago but, went back to passive as of late. One has a 62 now and a 59 in the other. Excellent basses, both of them.
    Here's an older photo of them , still with EMG's. The 2 on the left. The Black one is obviously modded, lol.
    MD5a.jpg MD3a.jpg
     
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  5. EdBo

    EdBo

    May 10, 2015
    Springfield, Ohio
    *Peace be with You*
    I actually got 2 of my 3 sets of 59's from Stratosphere (also on ebay & Reverb). They actually have a set posted now but, you have to by the whole loaded Pickguard w/controls. If you decide to try the 62 or 59, report back and let us know if it works out for you in the Am Pro. **Peace**
     
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  6. DanTheQuaker

    DanTheQuaker Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2015
    Seattle, WA
    I'm not particularly a fan of Green Day, but I like the Mike Dirnt bass a lot. I was initially attracted to the look of it, but I love how it feels and plays. I'm partial to slab bodies and rosewood necks. My Fender Dirnt is strung with an old set of GHS Precision Flats and I play it with the tone rolled completely off, so it's very thumpy. It records great. Has a noticeable dead spot on the G string 4th/5th fret, but that doesn't bother me much. Dirnt.jpg
     
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  7. snowblinder

    snowblinder

    Jun 16, 2008
    Wisconsin
    Now I want to find a second one in sunburst! That's beautiful.
     
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  8. Thank you EdBo, sincerely appreciate the reply. I was pretty pretty sure the pickup wasn't too hot, gotta run the volume control pretty well wide open to get what I want out of it. Agreed on the missing low mids too, it's pretty midrangy but that actually works pretty well for me, I can get it to cut through in the mix pretty easily and it eq's out well so it's not a huge negative IMO. If you want that clanky Green Day tone it's not tough to do with the stock pickup. I mostly go for punchy with definition though and I haven't had an issue getting it with what I have now.

    Mine is the twin to your white/tort. I upgraded the bridge to a high mass (Badass II I think...), keep going back and forth on whether or not to change out the pickup. Your info on the 59/62 is very helpful, may have to give it a go. I'm not much of a modder but for an inexpensive bass it's a good player, well worth tweaking if required.
     
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  9. EdBo

    EdBo

    May 10, 2015
    Springfield, Ohio
    *Peace be with You*
    Yep, like I said it's not bad at all. Surprisingly good for a Squier. Many of the Squier's get steel polls with Ceramic magnets glued to the bottom. Even my inexpensive Butterscotch Mexican made Fender Limited Edition Standard Telecaster® P Bass® came with a cheap Pickup with Ceramic Magnets that was only wound to 4.9 k ohms. Very weak.
    I've heard more than 1 person rave about how they like the stock Squier Dirnt. I actually sold one of mine 4 years ago to a guy that loved them. I like them with Alnico 5 Pole pieces wound around 11k ohms to accentuate the mids a bit. I do also like Ceramic Bar Magnets on the bottom but they have to be wound up to 12 to 13 k ohms.
    Active EMG's have a similar flat response like your Squier but with extended Lows(Much deeper lows) and extended high frequency range(more presence or sizzle). They also have a lot more output than passive pickups. I used EMG's for many years. With the increased output and full, extended frequency range, every thing is there to begin with to EQ with a preamp/amp.
    You're definitely ahead of the game in your thinking, using your EQ to get the sounds that work for you.
    I've alway tried to hold to the "Less is More" train of thought over the years but, in the last 3 to 4 years I've been trying to think outside the Box and have done a lot of experimentation with both Split coil and Single coil P Bass Pickups. I actually have more split coil pickups than I will ever use. LOL.
    **Peace**
     
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