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Modding instead of trading my Blacktop Jazz?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stinsok, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    The bass plays great. No complaints there. The tone is more mid heavy that I was planning on. My band likes it (because it says "Fender" on it.) It doesn't sound like a Precision. It doesn't sound like any bass I can recall.

    I was wondering about swapping the pickups. Maybe SD Quarter Pound pickups? Maybe installing a J-retro preamp?
  2. George Mann

    George Mann Banned

    May 27, 2012
    There are many different split-coil pick-ups offering a broad range of tone curves.

    Nordstrand makes some interesting ones.
  3. George Mann

    George Mann Banned

    May 27, 2012
    Oh, I forgot that they also make a double Jazz pick-up version.

    Is this the one you have?
  4. emdsd

    emdsd Mongo only pawn in game of music!

    Feb 25, 2010
    Boyne City, Michigan
    I was thinking of one of the Audere drop-in preamps for my Blacktop Jazz. Just another option you might consider....
  5. iJazz


    Jan 9, 2012
    Sussex, WI
    I have a Blacktop style project on the back burner at this time and I've been toying with ideas as to which way to take it. I've been looking at the Delano pickups at http://www.bestbassgear.com/delano-4-string-pickups.htm and thinking that the PC 4 AL in the neck position and the PMVC 4 FE/M2 in the bridge position might make for some very interesting possibilities, or even two of the latter. Haven't thought about wiring options, but I'm thinking I'll stay passive.

    Any comments or suggestions welcome.
  6. Sometimes that can be a good thing....
  7. I want one now! I'm thinking the Blacktop Precision.

    I would opt to mod it and explore it's different and available tone options. It took me a while to dial in mod my Precision/Musicman for a sound I liked. But I found it, after weeks of exploring and different wiring ideas.
  8. GroovinOnFunk

    GroovinOnFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Endorses Cleartone and SIT Strings
    +1 for Delano JMVC or PMVC

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