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Modulus FBJ-4

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by silky smoove, Aug 18, 2004.


  1. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Well, just for reference, this is my 1st post on TalkBass. With that said (not sure if an introduction of any sort is needed/wanted) I'll get to the point of this thread.

    I'm currently looking into buying a Modulus Flea bass. I now see that they're offered in a J-bass type configuration (two j pickups instead of the single MM style humbucker). I curious if any of you TB'ers have had any experience with this version of the flea sig. I loved the feel of the one that I played at Bass Northwest in Seattle (the standard version), but I'm curious to know how the J model sounds, as I'm more of a fan of J configurations than MM configurations. Also, is the J model passive or active? The Modulus site is pretty vague about that fact (either that or I'm simply an idiot and missing something), so if anyone knows about that fact, please let me know. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks in advance :D
     
  2. If you looking for the Flea tone then the MM config is the way to go ..much the same as a real musicman for the punch and guts....the Flea has a quite a lot of Treb boost but i often found the treb and bass were uneveningly matched and the bass tended to just drop away....if u listen to flea...once he goes into slap mode his sound become much more percussive and Mid-Treb Orientated..

    The J+J config for me it a lot more fuller..doesnt quite have the balls of the MM but i found it has a lot more useable sounds....and the slap sound is much more meaty......Its not as in ur face punchy but its packs a fair wack...!!!

    Dunno if this helps..
     
  3. Transverz

    Transverz believer of the Low End Theory

    May 3, 2004
    Los Angeles, CA
    Glad I saw this thread. I've been wondering (lusting) after a Modulus Flea myself but yeah, didn't know if the J or the MM style was better for me. I play mainly heavy-ish rock. I almost never slap. I like the bottom fairly thick, and anywhere from a little to a lot of growl.

    I guess this could be a general question too in regards to Jazz pickups vs. MM humbucker style pickups. Can a properly selected Jazz pickup get close to a MM humbucker? Is this the case with the Modulus? Or is there just no substituting the MM pups? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

    -T
     
  4. Z-Bass

    Z-Bass Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Well, like you, I tried one out at a local music store and couldn't put it down. I thought it sounded better (to me)compared to the single humbucker models. Played very nice and like ZenBass said, more versatile. The only thing I had a problem with was the preamp. It sounded great, very flexible but when I would cut a frequency (like the mids to dial in a slap tone) the volume dropped considerably. Not a big deal though. I strongly considered getting this bass and sometimes wish I did.
     
  5. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    First off, thanks ZenBass, that's just what I was looking for. I do like Flea's tone, but thought the J's would sound (as you put it) fuller and better fitting in the mix.

    What's the word on the active versus passive status of that bass? Does anybody know if the J configuration is passive or active? I much prefer the sound of passive pickups (don't ask me why, I just........ well..... do...???)
     
  6. Thee

    Thee

    Feb 11, 2004
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    The Villex pups in the JJ are passive. Can't remember if they offer Barts in it too. Either way, both are passive.

    Can't say I'm in love with the Flea anymore. Neck's just too thin for me.

    Also, random employee at Bass NW says Flea has the SD pups in his basses. If you were wondering.
     
  7. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Much thanks everyone, I think I've got all the info I need. Very much appreciated! :hyper:
     
  8. Transverz

    Transverz believer of the Low End Theory

    May 3, 2004
    Los Angeles, CA
    Which SD pickups in his J does he use? How are SD pickups in general compared to other brands? I wanna change pickups in my Jazz but don't quite know whether to go with SD or Dimarzio...
     
  9. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    I'm not sure about SD's jazz pickups, but I have a modded out Fender J'ish bass with a SD MM style humbucker (SMB-4DS). Its great, but its a bit bassy and the gain is ridiculously way too hot (completely distorts my wireless). As far as J's go, I've got some DiMarzio model J's (D123) in my Warwick Corvette, and they're unbelievable (IMO). Cuts through my guitarists Marshall stack like a hot knife through butter.
     
  10. BassDmb18

    BassDmb18

    Dec 28, 2002
    Davie, FL
    I was so trmpeted last night to put a Modulus on my credit card last night after a good night at the Casino.. I still dunno what to do ! I WANT ONE SO BAD (Stefan Lessard has gotten me hooked on Modulus.)
     
  11. Z-Bass

    Z-Bass Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    Pittsburgh, PA
    The one that I tried out had Bartolini J-J pickups and a Bart 3 band preamp. Not sure if the pickups were active or passive though. I'd be very curious to hear one with the Villex package.