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Modulus Makeover

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lsimy, Jun 23, 2003.


  1. lsimy

    lsimy Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2003
    Virginia, USA
    Well I have finished for now as much as I can do on my Modulus Q5 Lefty. What once was a very old and beat up Q5 with Emg J's is now a whole new animal. This is a pre-truss Modulus from way back aquired off of ebay years ago.

    This is what was done to it:
    o Changed tuners to gold Gotoh's
    o Recrowned and buffed frets
    o Sims side-LED's in neck (green)
    o EMG BQS 3 band preamp
    o Basslines ceramic MM pickup with coil switch
    o Custom black pearloid pickguard
    o Recessed Dunlop straplocks
    o Lot's of cleaning and buffing!!

    This bass really growls now and is a bit warmer. It's an interesting outcome and I was surprised to find the EMG preamp to work very well with the Basslines MM. Martin Sims is a genious with his LED installations. Totally worth it. This will be the live bass for sure.

    Hope you like it. Thanks!
    -Vinnie
     
  2. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Sweeet. I actually like that pickgaurd, for some reason. Maybe because it's narrow...

    In any event, that is definitely one of a kind, and looks great. Modulus should offer a bass like that, with an MM pup.

    Very cool.
     
  3. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    Very nice! I like!

    Sorry but i had to change the pic around, my eyes werent coping :D

    The Original lefty
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    The Righty
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    EDIT: What do all 5 controls do?
     
  4. lsimy

    lsimy Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2003
    Virginia, USA
    Hahahaha!!! LOL!! Awesome. I know it's kind of screwy to look at a lefty for most. My righty friends hate the fact that I am a lefty: "You've got all those way cool basses and I can't play a single damn one of them."

    The controls are: vol --> treb --> bass --> mid, mid-freq (concentric) --> 2-way series/parallel switch --> LED's (mini toggle). It's a rat's nest in that cavity unfortunately and probably not wired ultra reliably. I'd say my soldering is about as good as my photo work so most likely, it will fail me one day. Ugg. It's all been a project and very fun !!!!

    Thanks very much for the nice comments!!!!
     
  5. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Heard of the flea bass?
     
  6. lsimy

    lsimy Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2003
    Virginia, USA
    Yeah, I always liked the Flea except,

    o no lefty 5 string (or 4 for that matter)
    o expensive
    o take them forever to make it

    Flea basses are very very cool. I wish I could have a lefty Flea 5 with the single Lane Poor and Bart preamp.
     
  7. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Yes, but it's 34" scale. The Quantums are 35. And the neck shape is different, and IMHO, doesn't play quite as well.

    That, and I dunno about you...wait I do, you own a Flea, or owned one, but every one I've played has been, well, lackluster, like they slapped a pickup into a body with no real regard for sound.

    That's just me though...
     
  8. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    I've played 2 of them, one I didn't care for at all, and one I bought. The one I have has the Lane poor/bart preamp, and it sounds like a million bucks, and plays better than anything I have set my hands on before. I'd put my flea against any of the botique basses. And for the record, I am told the flea and the quantum series have the same specs on the neck.